The National Collegiate Athletic Association, a non-profit which regulates athletes of 1,281 institutions, conferences, and individuals, is migrating over 80 years of historical and play-by-play data, from 90 championships and 24 sports, to the Google Cloud Platform, says Google. Google has also become the official NCAA Cloud Partner, in partnership with Turner Sports and CBS Sports.

The NCAA will tap into historical basketball data using BigQuery, Cloud Spanner, Datalab, Cloud Machine Learning and Cloud Dataflow, says Google. In partnership with Turner Sports, the team will build a data-driven bracketology competition, using historic NCAA data that will be integrated with public datasets, and data captured from live broadcasts.

Fans and NCAA members will be able to search, compare and analyze team and player performance, as well as receive near real-time simulations for tournament analysis and forecasting, says Google.

The NCAA also plans to use this data to create analysis workflows to build descriptive, predictive and diagnostic outputs.

[Image courtesy: NCAA]