• Texas Southern Passes Through Eugene and Stuns the Ducks
  • Gonzaga Passes by #1 Duke
  • Michigan Defeats Villanova in National Championship Rematch
  • Running Away with The Record Books: Davidson Football
  • Wild for Passes in 2018 Home Opener

Texas Southern Passes Through Eugene and Stuns the Ducks

Welcome back to Assist Map Mondays! This week we review an intriguing non-conference upset from this past week. On Monday, November 26, Texas Southern travelled to Eugene and defeated #18 Oregon 89-84.Coming into the game, very few thought that Texas Southern had any chance of defeating the Ducks—KenPom gave the Tigers a 1.8% chance of winning heading into the game. Their chances seemed even bleaker as the game progressed, as…

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Gonzaga Passes by #1 Duke

This week, we take a look at a huge top-three showdown from Hawaii. On Wednesday, November 21, #3 Gonzaga defeated #1 Duke in the final of the Maui Invitation 89-87.This game featured two teams with terrific offenses complemented with fairly good defenses. According to KenPom, Duke currently ranks second—only behind Nevada—in adjusted offensive efficiency and eighth in adjusted defensive efficiency. The Zags rank fourth in adjusted offensive efficiency and 27th…

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Michigan Defeats Villanova in National Championship Rematch

In this week’s edition of Assist Map Mondays, we examine the National Championship rematch which occurred this week. On Wednesday, November 14, the 18th-ranked Michigan Wolverines took down the 8th-ranked Villanova Wildcats 73-46 in Philadelphia.While both teams have lost significant talent since their meeting in the National Championship, in which Villanova defeated Michigan 79-62, the Wolverines have had a much better start to the season. With a 5-0 record, they…

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Running Away with The Record Books: Davidson Football

Under the leadership of first-year head coach Scott Abell, the Davidson Wildcats football team has put together an incredible turnaround after a rather disappointing 2017 campaign.Here’s a look in the remarkable change of the ‘Cats key offensive statistics over the past four years. The stats are mind-blowing. It’s safe to say that Davidson Football has turned the corner. To see how far around that corner, here’s one more set of…

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Wild for Passes in 2018 Home Opener

Welcome back to this year’s edition of Assist Map Mondays. As a reminder, every week we take an in-depth look at the nation’s biggest games by providing assist data. As was the case last year, this data will appear in the form of a graphic showing players who both assisted and received assists in a given game. The graphic is a chord diagram in which the width of the chord…

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2018-19 Men’s Basketball Preview

The Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Champions are back! Coming off a thrilling run through the 2018 A-10 Championship where they claimed their first conference tournament title, the ‘Cats are primed for another trip to madness. Let’s go inside the numbers of your 2018-19 Davidson Wildcats. Kellan Grady Sophomore GuardAfter four spectacular seasons, Peyton Aldridge’s time at Davidson is up, meaning that much of the spotlight this season will be on…

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Is the NFL season already over?

We are entering the sixth week of the 2018 NFL season. And though we’re only a third of the way through the season, is your team’s fate already sealed? Quite a bit may have been decided in the opening game. How predictive could that opening game be? Analytics has shown again and again that the result of the first regular-season game offers genuine insight into the outcome of the season….

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FIPping Out: The Luckiest Pitchers in Baseball

When we think of a pitcher’s production, most people will bring up two statistics: wins and earned run average (ERA). But in the sabermetrics era, researchers have found that in reality, one of these two stats is highly controlled by other means. Wins are a product of both the offensive results of the pitcher’s team and are not an isolated measure of a pitcher’s ability, rather they are indicative of…

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Basketball’s Perfect 10

What is a perfect game in basketball? We all know about the perfecto in baseball and perfect 10 in gymnastics. Even the NFL’s passer rating metric has a maximum value. But is there a way to quantify that a player had a flawless game in hoops? Do they need to make every shot? A pitcher does not need to throw entirely strikes to pitch a perfect game, neither does a…

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