2014 NCAA Final Four Values

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Last year, I wrote about the idea of finding value in your NCAA bracket. The larger your tournament pool, the more important “value” becomes. That means not only picking who has the best chance of winning, but also considering who everyone else is going to pick. You can get three Final Four teams right, but… Read more »

March Update

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For the last week, I’ve been writing daily bracketology updates over at TeamRankings. You can check out all of my posts HERE. Hoop Vision is by no means done for the season. However, between the TeamRankings post and preparing for some interesting NCAA tournament research, normal HV posts haven’t fit into my schedule. Please check… Read more »

Teams to Avoid on Selection Sunday

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With 20 days left until Selection Sunday, online bracketology is slowly becoming more relevant. It’s also that time of year where announcers end their broadcast with a classic warning for future opponents of the winning team in said broadcast. “You don’t want to see your name near Team X in March.” Of course, the tournament… Read more »

Game Strategy: Late Game Defense

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This is the second Game Strategy post, where I breakdown highly specific scenarios where optimal strategy only increases win probability marginally. The first one can be found here.   Texas A&M led Vanderbilt 47-43 with 27 seconds left yesterday on the road. According to the KenPom win probability calculator, that scenario gives the Aggies a… Read more »

Quick Hitters: Wisconsin and UC Santa Barbara

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This fourth installment of Quick Hitters is noticeably missing a quick hitter breakdown entirely. Expect more in the near future, but for now you can check out past installments here.     1. Nigel Hayes makes it four games in a row in double figures for Wisconsin.   The Wisconsin freshman scored 15 points in… Read more »

2014 In Season Improvement

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Earlier in the season, Dan Hanner wrote about in season improvement. Hanner took a look at coaches who tend to get more out of their teams as the season progresses. With most teams about halfway through conference play, we can begin to take a look at teams on the rise (and decline) this season.   I decided to… Read more »

Quick Hitters: Iowa, Memphis, Hawaii

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1. Iowa quick hitter to end first half vs. Michigan.   Roy Devyn Marble lit Michigan up from behind the arc in the first half yesterday. So it wasn’t a huge surprise when Fran McCaffery called for a Marble three to end the half, but the play worked anyway.           Here’s… Read more »

Game Recap: Marcus Smart’s Struggles

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Betting against Kansas in the Big 12 is never a good idea, but Oklahoma State figured to be a worthy opponent this season. However, after a bad loss at home to Baylor, OSU is just 4-4 in conference play. Oklahoma State is second in the conference in defensive efficiency, but just sixth on the offensive… Read more »

NCAA Basketball Geography

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Regionalism is at the heart of NCAA basketball. For one, it’s very difficult to watch 351 teams regularly. Certain states are associated with college basketball. Louisville, Indiana, and North Carolina have their respective powerhouses. California, Texas, and New York lead the way in terms of quantity of D1 teams.   I channeled my inner Nate… Read more »

Arizona and Turnovers

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Arizona appears to have started to distance themselves from the rest of the field in January. The Wildcats have dominated the paint on both sides of the floor. Offensively, Arizona’s 22nd in the country in two-point shooting percentage and 11th in offensive rebounding percentage. Defensively, they are 2nd in the country in opponent two-point shooting… Read more »