Diamonds Dancing: Predicting the Madness

March 17, 2016

Before the NCAA tournament begins, many different media outlets like to post their favorite Giant Killers. These are lower-seeded teams that have a good chance of pulling off an upset in the first round. However, often times these teams are one-and-done deals, flaming out in the second round after their game of glory in the first round. There is a big difference between Giant Killers and teams that can become…

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Talking it Over: Efficiency After Timeouts

January 1, 2016

Often times during a TV broadcast of a basketball game, fans will hear broadcasters exclaim, “What a great play coming out of the timeout. [Coach X] drew that one up to perfection!” Broadcasters may even refer to specific coaches as experts in their ability to focus a team strategically during a timeout. But other than those occasional plays that excite broadcaster and fan alike, what evidence do we have that…

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“Born to Run”: Searching for a New “Pace” Statistic

November 12, 2015

Here at ‘Cats Stats, along with giving our readers some interesting new ways to think about how basketball is played, we also aid Davidson Basketball (and many other Davidson Varsity sports), in pre-game preparation. This means it is our job to find ways to increase Davidson’s knowledge of both its opponents and own team. Coaches and players then use this knowledge to design and execute a gameplan, offensively and defensively….

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