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 »

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 »

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 »

The Effects of Offense on Defense

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Last month, I looked at the effect of Louisville’s offense on its defense. When a Louisville offensive possession ends, they get to set up their press. Setting up their defense makes it dramatically more difficult for opponents to score. Both field percentage and turnover percentage are influenced by the Louisville press. The one and done… Read more »