Do Matchups Matter? (The Sequel)

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The following is a guest post I wrote over at @nropp’s blog. You can find the original post here and be sure to check out the rest of his site for great college basketball analysis. Last season, I took a look at what I call “opponent compatibility” in basketball. Check out the full post for all the details,… Read more »

North Dakota State and Experience

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In my November surprises I noted how strange North Dakota State’s season has started. On the immediate surface, not much has changed. North Dakota State entered the season as the Summit League favorite and probably still hold that title in mid-January despite an early loss to IPFW. Saul Phillips’ team has nearly everyone back from a… Read more »

Quick Hitters: Michigan, Washington, McNeese St.

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The following is the first of (probably) many “Quick Hitters” posts. I’ll take a look at three things from the previous night of games, with one being an actual breakdown of a quick hitter. 1. Beilein quick hitter to pull away from Minnesota. With just over two minutes to go and a one point lead… Read more »

Early Season Luck

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With 11 or 12 games under most teams’ belt, efficiency numbers are starting to stabilize. However, random variation still plays a role in team performance. Defensively, we know that opponent three-point percentage is especially “lucky”. Ohio State, the nation’s number one defense to date, is allowing opponent’s to shoot just 25% from three. Some of… Read more »

New at IQ Sports: Big East Shooting

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Check out my new post over at the brand new IQ Sports website on Big East shooting HERE. I took the expected points framework created for the NBA at hickory-high.com to find the best (and worst) shooters and decision makers in the Big East.

November Surprises

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With Feast Week coming to a close, we can start to pretend like we know things about college basketball. Here are three interesting surprises after three weeks of basketball.   1. Syracuse’s shot defense. Boeheim defenses have been the knuckleball pitcher of college basketball. Generally, pitchers have little control over batting average on balls in play… Read more »

New at VU Hoops: Playing the Lottery

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I have a new post up on VU Hoops looking at Villanova’s three-point defense. The Wildcats have had a tendency to “play the three-point lottery” throughout Jay Wright’s tenure. Check it out HERE.

Player Breakdowns: Talib Zanna, Will Yeguete, Tyler Haws

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Believe it or not, upperclassmen play basketball too. Many are even good at the sport! The future lottery picks get all the attention, but here I’m taking a look at three under the radar players to start the season.   Talib Zanna (Sr.) – Pittsburgh Zanna was suspended for Pitt’s season opener due to a violation… Read more »

Early Season Outliers

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It’s probably not a good idea to judge any team based on 40 minutes of basketball. We all know that Duke won’t shoot 76% from two and 62% from three this season. It can be tough to decide if a team is really better/worse than previously thought or if we are simply watching an outlier. To… Read more »