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, the 2014 version here, and the 2015 version… 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 »

NCAA Tournament Narratives: March Momentum

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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: Late season results are more important than early season.   Teams around the country are going to get “hot” every March. That’s just the nature of the single elimination conference tournament. One team… Read more »

2014 In Season Improvement

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Earlier in the season, Dan Hanner wrote about in season improvement. Hanner took a look at coaches who tend to get more out of their teams as the season progresses. With most teams about halfway through conference play, we can begin to take a look at teams on the rise (and decline) this season.   I decided to… Read more »