Texas Southern Passes Through Eugene and Stuns the Ducks

December 3, 2018

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

November 26, 2018

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

November 19, 2018

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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Wild for Passes in 2018 Home Opener

November 13, 2018

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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‘Nova’s Dominant Run through the Bracket

April 4, 2018

In the final edition of the season of Assist Map, we examine the National Championship game between #1 seed and #3 seed Michigan. On Monday, April 2nd, the Villanova Wildcats defeated the Michigan Wolverines 79-62 to win their third championship and second in the last three years.In spite of their unusually quiet overall team performance, especially by National Player of the Year Jalen Brunson (4-13 from the field), the Wildcats…

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Loyola Rambles into the Final Four

March 26, 2018

In this week’s version of Assist Map Monday, we examine 11 seed Loyola University Chicago’s matchup over 9 seed Kansas State in the first ever game between a 9 seed and an 11 seed. On Friday, March 23rd, Loyola defeated Kansas State 78-62, leading them to the Final Four.The Ramblers from Chicago used some terrific passing and shot-making to will themselves past the Wildcats from Manhattan, Kansas. On the season,…

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The Sweetest 16 Seed – UMBC Takes Down #1

March 19, 2018

In this week’s edition of Assist Map Monday, we take a look at University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s (UMBC) stunning upset over top seed Virginia. On Friday, March 16, the UMBC Retrievers defeated the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlotte by a score of 74-54 to mark the first ever win for a 16 seed over a 1 seed in men’s college basketball.The Retrievers used some incredible shot-making to defeat top-ranked Virginia…

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Davidson Passes Its Way into the Tournament

March 13, 2018

In this week’s Assist Map, we take a closer look at Davidson’s run in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. On Saturday, March 10, the Wildcats defeated St. Bonaventure in Washington, D.C. by a score of 82-70 to set up a pivotal showdown with Rhode Island. Their outstanding performance in this game helped them eventually make the NCAA Tournament.In their win over the Bonnies, Davidson compiled 23 assists on 28 made field…

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Peyton By the Numbers

March 5, 2018

The 2017-18 regular season ended with a Wildcat splash! In the final week, Davidson beat Rhode Island as the Cats truly went wild on their home court. Earlier in the week, the Cats went to triple overtime with Peyton Aldridge scoring a career high 45 points, which surpassed Stephen Curry’s career high of 44. It was more than a big week, it was a huge year for Aldridge. Let’s look…

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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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