Visualizing the 2015 Sweet 16

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Last season, teams with strong efficiency numbers on both offense and defense were hard to come by. That was likely one of the reasons why the national championship game featured a 7-seed and an 8-seed. The lack of dominant teams allowed for a wide open NCAA tournament.   This year we have all seen Kentucky’s… Read more »

2015 NCAA Final Four Values

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The last two years I have looked at the concept of finding value in your NCAA bracket. The idea is to not only pick the teams with the best chance of winning, but also the teams being undervalued in your pool. You can find the 2013 version here and the 2014 version here.   The… Read more »

New at BBALLBREAKDOWN: More on Davidson’s Offense

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Over at BBALLBREAKDOWN, I took another look at Davidson’s motion offense. This time focusing on how they handled VCU’s pressure defense. The full article can be found HERE. For more on Davidson, check out my initial article on the basic actions and concepts that make up their offense HERE.

Villanova’s (Not So?) Balanced Offense

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Villanova is comfortably a top 10 team in the country for the second season in a row. The Wildcats are 53-7 since the start of last season despite their supposed lack of a superstar. Watch any game the team has played in this season and you are sure to hear the announcers raving about the… Read more »

2015 In Season Improvement

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It might be hard to imagine right now considering all of their recent success, but in late December last season Virginia fell outside the kenpom top 40 thanks to a 35-point loss at Tennessee. In fact, Virginia really struggled throughout November and December of last season. By February Tony Bennett’s team was one of the most… Read more »

D’Angelo Russell, Jahlil Okafor, and the Average Freshman

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With the current one-and-done system, top freshman prospects become some of the most talented players in the NCAA every season. This season is no exception with D’Angelo Russell and Jahlil Okafor. Both currently sit at the top of mock drafts  and have had little trouble adjusting to the level of competition the Big Ten and… Read more »

Iowa State and Rim Protection

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Since his arrival in Ames prior to the 2010-11 season, Fred Hoiberg has received a lot of respect for the job he’s done with Iowa State. Under Hoiberg, the Cyclones have become an offensive powerhouse that both plays uptempo and scores with efficiency. This style of play makes Iowa State a must-watch team. Hoiberg is… Read more »