The Highs and Lows of LaQuinton Ross’ Weekend

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LaQuinton Ross sent Ohio State to the Elite Eight with a three pointer against Arizona. Just type his name into Google and you can pick from tons of articles that tell you that. However, Ross was involved in an equally as crucial three pointer that played a tremendous role in sending Wichita State to the Final Four…. Read more »

Davante Gardner: Zone Buster

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Syracuse’s 2-3 zone last night looked invincible versus the number one offense in the country. Indiana had scored more points per possession than their opponents (on average) give up in every game this season until Temple and Syracuse. Syracuse’s defensive dominance had people wondering why a team would play anything other than zone. I went back… Read more »

Indiana’s Weakness

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If you were to force me to pick a team I think is going to win it all, I would likely take Indiana. On the Sweet 16 efficiency graph, the Hoosiers have the best offense of anyone and an average defense (relative to the other 15 teams). C.J. Moore pointed out recently that the Hoosiers’ weakness… Read more »

Visualizing the Sweet 16

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The following is a visualization of the teams and top players remaining in the Sweet 16. All statistics are full season averages (the last two games included):   1. Adjusted efficiency of remaining teams per kenpom.com     2. Adjusted tempo of remaining teams per kenpom.com     3. The offensive and defensive four factors… Read more »

Final Four Values

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The running narrative for the NCAA this season has been all about the parity at the top. Yet here we are in mid March and despite “the field being wide open”, everyone is taking Louisville. Now I’m not saying this is a bad idea. Louisville may end up cutting down the nets in Atlanta. However,… 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 »

The Selection Committee’s Tendencies

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Tomorrow is selection Sunday, the day bracketology ceases to matter. Personally, I have never really been into dissecting resumes for the bubble teams. Still, I decided to take a look at some of the committee’s tendencies between 2006-2012. I think this information is probably more interesting than insightful, as the committee’s decisions have a human… Read more »