Championship Recap: Villanova Beats UNC

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The 2016 NCAA championship game will forever be remembered for Kris Jenkins’ buzzer beater. Probably the next biggest storyline was the breakout performance from Phil Booth down the stretch. The sophomore guard hit some extremely difficult shots late in the game to maintain a lead for the Wildcats.   However, before the heroics of Booth… Read more »

Oklahoma-Villanova Final Four Preview

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In Saturday’s first Final Four game, Villanova and Oklahoma will play in a rematch of December’s game played in Hawaii. The Sooners won that first meeting 78-55, handing Villanova their first loss of the season. The story of the game was three-point shooting. Oklahoma finished 14 for 26 (54%) from three while Villanova finished just… Read more »

First Weekend Tourney Observations

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1. Virginia Small-Ball Against Butler Normally small-ball lineups are used for offensive purposes. More shooting and/or quickness on the floor leads to better spacing and mismatches. However, Virginia went small on Saturday with defense in mind.   After Andrew Chrabascz started the game 9 for 11 from the field, Tony Bennett switched 6’5″ Malcolm Brogdon… Read more »

2016 NCAA Final Four Values

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The last three 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, theĀ 2014 version here, and the 2015 version… Read more »

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 »

Quick Hitters: Season Wrap-Up

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The following is the final installment of Quick Hitters for the 2013-14 season. You can check out the (relatively small) collection here.     1. Did free throws really cost Kentucky a championship?   The national championship game featured a very good free throw shooting team and a not so good free throw shooting team…. Read more »

Game Preview: Connecticut vs. Kentucky

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How do UK and UConn compare to past champions?   Tonight’s championship match-up is the first one without a team seeded three or better. However, seeding doesn’t quite tell the full story. In terms of adjusted efficiency, the winner of tonight’s game will become the second worst team (on Selection Sunday) to win a national… Read more »