Either Die a Hero

Let's try something different today. Here are the Big Ten records for a not-so-random collection of coaches over a six-year span: 61-43 60-42 55-41 You would be forgiven for believing those records are all roughly the same, and that a couple of bounces here and there that accumulate over a »

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Iowa is Succeeding With Unselfishness

I don't want to oversell this—Iowa is not a great team. The Hawkeyes have been outscored in conference play, and the non-conference slate included being run out of the gym against Virginia, losing to mediocre teams in Seton Hall and Memphis, and losing to Nebraska-Omaha at home (the Mavericks »

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Minnesota Was Good, Now They Aren't

So what happened? Well, the Gophers possess just the 11th-best offense in conference play, which is largely driven by a 13th-best effective field goal percentage, which in turn is driven by a 12th-best two-point field goal percentage, which in turn is driven by this graph: Data courtesy of Synergy Sports »

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What's Wrong with Indiana?

OK, that's not such a difficult question to answer. "Defense." Here's the point-per possession performance for IU in conference play: .tg {border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;} .tg td{font-family:Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;padding:10px 5px;border-style:solid;border-width:1px;overflow:hidden;word-break:normal;} .tg th{font-family:Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px; »

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What Do We Want?

I'm writing this as a sort-of rebuttal to Scott Van Pelt's excellent take on why the RPI should be retired, and why predictive models such as KenPom and Sagarin should have a larger influence on Selection Sunday. And, I should mention, I agree with those larger points so this isn't »