Meet Tavon Allen

Posted by on November 24, 2012

The Drexel Dragons entered the 2012-13 season as the favorite in the now VCU-less Colonial. Drexel was snubbed of an at-large bid last season by the selection committee and returned the majority of their team, including go to guy Frantz Massenat. However, the start of 2012 has not been smooth sailing for Drexel. Chris Fouch… Read more »

Finding the Cinderella Team

Posted by on September 4, 2012

In 2011, Rick Byrd’s Belmont Bruins had what was probably one of the best seasons in Atlantic Sun history.  Belmont lost their season opener at Tennessee by nine, then rattled off five wins in a row before losing at Vanderbilt by nine. They got a rematch against Tennessee in late December, but lost that one… Read more »

The Story of the Shammgod

Posted by on August 27, 2012

I made a new YouTube video on “The Shammgod”, a unique dribble move being used in the NCAA and NBA in recent years. The video tells the story behind the move and has highlights from the NBA as well as college highlights of God Shammgod from Providence. For basketball junkies, you can see my other… Read more »

Mid Major Scheduling: The Challenges of Life on the Bubble

Posted by on August 24, 2012

I recently had a piece published by Winthrop Intelligence on the the challenges that surround mid majors when it come to scheduling. The idea behind the piece was to explore teams like Utah State, who cannot get major schools to commit to home and home series. The powerhouses of the NCAA have no incentive to… Read more »

UPDATED: 2012-2013 College Basketball Top 25 Preseason Rankings

Posted by on July 26, 2012

Now that most of the incoming freshman/transfers have chosen their destination and all of the NBA-ers have moved on, it’s time for an updated college basketball preseason ranking. Most of the changes in these 2012-2013 rankings were due to personal biases, or things that were overlooked in the first set of rankings. In any case,… Read more »

An Insider’s Look at a Final Paper: Stats in Sports

Posted by on June 8, 2012

Below is a final paper submitted and revised by Jonathan Safir for his Approaches to Media Studies class at Vassar College. Thought it was applicable enough to post. Media and Technology Transforming Sports: The Statistical Revolution in Basketball and the Change in Spectatorship The way in which humans view sporting events has changed drastically over… Read more »

The Effects of Coaching Changes

Posted by on May 25, 2012

In a recent post, I went back and looked at a Beilein West Virginia team. Both Bob Huggins and John Beilein have had success coaching the Mountaineers, but they have done so with markedly different offensive strategies. The following graph visualizes these differences: There once was a time when West Virginia wasn’t a perennial offensive… Read more »

The Debates: Biggest Tourney Snub

Posted by on May 21, 2012

The following is part three of three of a series of debates featuring Jonathan Safir, Ricky Winkeller, and Jordan Sperber. For part three, we will be examining the biggest NCAA Tourney snub (i.e. bubble teams) in the KenPom Era (2003-2012). Jonathan Safir: 2007 Syracuse Editor’s note: I am admittedly biased with this decision.  I did… Read more »

2012-2013 Pre-Season College Basketball Top 25

Posted by on May 15, 2012

It’s early for a 2012-2013 top 25 college basketball list. That’s true. What this set of rankings gives you is a detailed list of the recruits, players leaving and players returning to each program. Most importantly, I’ve also made very conscious choices on the photos for each team. The photos give you an insight as… Read more »

The Debates: Best Player

Posted by on April 27, 2012

The following is part two of three of a series of debates featuring Jonathan Safir, Ricky Winkeller, and Jordan Sperber. For part two, we will be examining the best player in the KenPom player era (2005-2012). Jonathan Safir: 2007 Kevin DurantKevin Durant may have been just a deep NCAA tournament run away from being in… Read more »