UNC Defeats #1 Duke at Cameron

February 25, 2019

This week in Assist Map Mondays, we take a look at the first meeting of the season between two of the biggest rivals in all of sports. On Wednesday, February 20, the 8th ranked UNC Tar Heels defeated the #1 Duke Blue Devils 88-72 at Cameron Indoor. Both teams sport strong offenses complemented with equally strong defenses, with Duke ranking top five in adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency and Carolina…


Dream Job: Q&A with Tim Zue, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Boston Red Sox

February 19, 2019

Tim Zue, a native New Englander and graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a pioneer in sports-business analytics, particularly for his work managing the financial arm of the Boston Red Sox over the past few seasons.  Do you recommend specific areas of study for college students interested in a career in sports analytics?Zue: I believe that any classes that relate to using data and information to help solve business…


Kentucky Earns Strong Win Over #1 Tennessee

February 18, 2019

This week in Assist Map Mondays, we examine a top-five battle from the SEC. On Saturday, February 16, the #5 ranked Kentucky Wildcats soundly defeated the #1 ranked Tennessee Volunteers 86-69 in Lexington.Kentucky utilized a balanced approach in this game, demonstrating their prowess on both sides of the ball. The Wildcats currently rank as KenPom’s 5th best team in the nation, standing at 14th in adjusted offensive efficiency and 8th…


The Color of Victory

February 15, 2019

One would think that if you consecutively led the first 190 laps of a 200 lap race, then you should effectively have no problem leading the last ten laps, right? Not at Daytona. The last time a polesitter, the driver who starts the race in first place, took the checkered flag at Daytona happened a whopping 19 years ago when Dale Jarrett took the number 88 to his third and…


Dream Job: Q&A with David Kaplan, Basketball Operations Analyst, San Antonio Spurs

February 13, 2019

On Thursday January 24th, basketball operations analyst for the San Antonio Spurs, David Kaplan, paid a visit to Davidson’s campus to speak to the ‘Cats Stats group about his work and experience in sports analytics.Kaplan graduated from Wesleyan University in 2013 with a degree in biological chemistry. He began working for the Portland Trail Blazers in 2014 before working as first a quantitative analyst/systems developer and later manager of basketball…


Duke Sweeps Virginia

February 11, 2019

This week we take a look at a battle in the ACC between two of the top three teams in the nation. On Saturday, February 9, the Duke Blue Devils defeated the Virginia Cavaliers 81-71 in Charlottesville.On the same day that the NCAA selection committee named Duke as their #1 overall seed in their current tournament rankings (Virginia came in as the third #1 seed), the Blue Devils earned a…


Rudy was Snubbed!

February 5, 2019

Every year, hundreds of basketball commentators, writers, and fans discuss the deserving NBA players left out of All-Star honors. Unfortunately, the All-Star vote (with 50% of the vote coming from fans) routinely appears to be more of a popularity contest and a selection of stars from big-market teams. This year provides a perfect case. Klay Thompson of the world champion Golden State Warriors and popular star Russell Westbrook were both…


After Seven-Game Losing Streak, Indiana Stuns #6 Michigan State

February 4, 2019

This week in Assist Map Mondays, we explore a thrilling top-10 road upset in the Big Ten. On Saturday, February 2, the Indiana Hoosiers defeated the Michigan State Spartans 79-75 in overtime in East Lansing. Prior to the game’s start, KenPom gave the visiting Hoosiers a 5.1% chance of taking down the Spartans. Prior to this game, Michigan State had a 10-0 record at home, while Indiana had a 1-7…