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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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…

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Battle for #1 – Davidson Defeats Saint Louis in Defensive Battle

January 28, 2019

This week in Assist Map Mondays, we take a look at another exciting Davidson contest in the A-10. On Saturday, January 26, the Wildcats traveled to Saint Louis and defeated the Billikens 54-53.Another game, another strong defensive showing by Davidson. The Wildcats held the Billikens to 34.7% from the field, including 6-22 (27.3%) from three. Davidson was able to shoot slightly better than Saint Louis, at a tick of 39.5%…

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Wild Week Sees #2 Michigan Lose to Wisconsin

January 21, 2019

This week’s college basketball slate featured many interesting, high-profile games. Several teams in the top 10 lost, with some losing their first games of the season, including #2 Michigan. On Saturday, January 19, the Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Michigan Wolverines 64-54.Despite the fact that Michigan was ranked second in the country and Wisconsin was unranked, this was a closer game on paper than one might have thought. Wisconsin ranks as…

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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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