The Michigan State Injuries

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Michigan State opened the preseason ranked number two in the country. They ended the season as the second most common champion in ESPN brackets. That isn’t exactly out of the ordinary, but consider MSU’s road to March. After a January 21st win vs. Indiana, the Spartans didn’t win two games in a row until the… Read more »

NCAA Tournament Narratives: Road Wins

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The following is part of a series of NCAA tournament posts. You can find the intro to the series here.   Narrative: Road results are more important than home results.   If you go back to the intro post, I mentioned how an NCAA tournament game isn’t completely equal to a regular season game. Sometimes… Read more »

Finding an Upset: Three Pointers

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Every year in the NCAA tournament, inferior team beat superior teams. Norfolk State was not a better team than Missouri, they just scored more points over a 40 minute period. The cause behind these upsets is variability. It’s no shocking revelation that three point shots increase variability. The three point shot has long been known as a… Read more »

Big Ten: 2010-11 Preview

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A team to review from last year…MinnesotaThe Gophers were quietly a quality team last season. They shot the ball very well and took care of the ball. On defense, they also had success. As a result, Tubby Smith’s club had a number of big wins. Minnesota defeated Butler, Ohio St., Wisconsin, Michigan St., and Purdue…. Read more »