Kansas’ Efficiency Leads to 14th Straight Big 12 Championship

February 26, 2018

This week in Assist Map Monday, we look back at a huge showdown in the Big 12 between #6 Texas Tech and #8 Kansas. On Saturday, February 24th, the Jayhawks travelled to Lubbock and defeated the Red Raiders 74-72 to avenge their loss earlier in the year and clinch their 14th straight league title.On the season, Kansas ranks 26th in the country in points per game at 82.1 and 9th…

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Villanova’s Passing Takes Down Xavier

February 19, 2018

This week, as part of the weekly blog series analyzing assist data from notable college basketball games, we head toward the Big East for a showdown between the top two teams in the conference—#3 Villanova and #4 Xavier. On Saturday, February 17th, the Wildcats went on the road and defeated the fourth-ranked Musketeers in a high-scoring game, 95-79. The Villanova Wildcats rank third in the country in points per game…

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Assisting Tar Heels

February 12, 2018

In the second edition of our weekly blog series covering assist data from noteworthy games throughout the college basketball season, we examine a game from college basketball’s biggest rivalry: Duke-UNC. On Thursday, February 8th, the Tar Heels hosted the Blue Devils at the Dean Dome in their first meeting of the season and defeated their rivals in a thriller, 82-78. Despite scoring about their average in points, the Tar Heels…

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Assisting the Wildcats at GW

February 5, 2018

As part of a new weekly blog series, we will be covering assist data from noteworthy games and throughout the rest of the college basketball season. 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. The width of the chord corresponds to the number of assists, the thicker the chord the…

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Which stats matter most for the Super Bowl?

February 4, 2018

We inch ever forward to the Super Bowl and the smashing of pads between the Patriots and Eagles. You flip through the channels and the hum of football analysis grows until that deafening cheer as the ball is kicked off to begin the game where one team stands with the Vince Lombardi trophy lifted high. Who will win? What should we look at? What stats really matter? Let’s turn to…

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