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Davidson Edges VCU in Conference Showdown

This week in Assist Map Mondays, we circle back to Davidson basketball for an important game early in the nonconference season. On Saturday, January 13, the Davidson Wildcats defeated the VCU Rams 64-57.With both teams heading into the game with an 11-4 overall record and 2-0 within the conference, this one was bound to be a close and exciting game. VCU is perennially known for their stingy defense, and this…

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New Mexico Stuns Nevada to Begin Conference Play

Welcome back to Assist Maps Monday! College basketball’s nonconference slate is over, and conference play has officially begun. This week, we take a look at a stunning upset in the Mountain West Conference. On Saturday, January 5, the New Mexico Lobos defeated the sixth-ranked Nevada Wolf Pack 85-58.Entering this game, Nevada had an undefeated record at 14-0 and was considered a real threat to enter the postseason with an unblemished…

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Battle of Blue Bloods results in Kentucky Win

After a two-week hiatus, Assist Map Mondays is back! This time we’re taking a look at a big matchup between two storied programs. On Saturday, December 22, the Kentucky Wildcats defeated the UNC Tar Heels in the CBS Sports Classic in Chicago.Both teams recorded very similar statistics in this game, shooting about the same from the field (43.1% for Kentucky compared to UNC’s 42.9%), from the three-point line (34.6% compared…

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Texas Southern Passes Through Eugene and Stuns the Ducks

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

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

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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Running Away with The Record Books: Davidson Football

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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Wild for Passes in 2018 Home Opener

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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2018-19 Men’s Basketball Preview

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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Is the NFL season already over?

We are entering the sixth week of the 2018 NFL season. And though we’re only a third of the way through the season, is your team’s fate already sealed? Quite a bit may have been decided in the opening game. How predictive could that opening game be? Analytics has shown again and again that the result of the first regular-season game offers genuine insight into the outcome of the season….

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