A March Madness Champion: Lucky or Good?

April 6, 2019

March Madness is so exciting, in part because every game can be a team’s last. Every single game is Game 7. That being said, there is not much that decides winners and losers in the NCAA Tournament. One shot, one tip, one rebound, and as we saw this year, seemingly one millimeter of the rim. Because most of these teams are so evenly matched, the team that advances is many…

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Cats Stats Visualizes the Sweet 16

March 28, 2019

This year, the NCAA Tournament has nearly been all chalk. If you picked all the favorites when filling out a bracket this year, you’re probably doing pretty well. Unbelievably, all 1,2, and 3 seeds survived the first weekend of the tournament (no Middle Tennessee, South Carolina, or UMBC this year). In fact, all of Kenpom’s top 14 teams are still alive in this year’s edition of the tournament. The others:…

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JAG For A-10 POY: The Numbers Say There’s No Debate

March 11, 2019

The Atlantic 10 regular season has come to a close, with VCU securing the regular season championship. Now, before the fun gets going in Brooklyn, the biggest question remaining: Who will take home A10 Player of the Year honors? Several players have had noteworthy seasons, including Javon Bess (Saint Louis), Marcus Evans (VCU), Josh Cunningham (Dayton), Justin Kier (George Mason), and Sincere Carry (Duquesne). Each of them has their own…

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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…

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For Quarterbacks, is Age only a Number?

January 19, 2019

This Sunday’s conference championship games will be some of the most anticipated ever. In both contests, the story consists of a legendary quarterback taking on an up and coming star. 24-year-old Jared Goff will battle the great Drew Brees who just turned 40 this month, and the 23-year-old Chiefs sensation Patrick Mahomes will duel what could be football’s undisputed GOAT: Tom Brady, now at age 41. This 18-year difference is…

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Running Away with The Record Books: Davidson Football

November 16, 2018

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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2018-19 Men’s Basketball Preview

November 6, 2018

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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Basketball’s Perfect 10

August 13, 2018

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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So You’re Saying There’s a Chance? Poisson World Cup Predictions

June 30, 2018

The game of soccer is an interesting one. A team can outshoot the other and have far better chances, but end up losing. Likewise, a team playing poorly can have one big chance in the whole match and use it to score the game’s only goal. As we have seen so far in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, there have been many outcomes and statistics that we have not expected….

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Injury Impact in the NBA

June 11, 2018

Led by Davidson’s own Stephen Curry and Finals MVP Kevin Durant, the dynastic Golden State Warriors completed the first NBA Finals sweep since 2007 over LeBron’s Cleveland Cavaliers. The decisive victory showcased both the star power and depth of this juggernaut team over a James- led Cavs squad with minimal other effective role players. The arsenal of weapons the Dubs had at their disposal this series was tremendous, which begs…

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