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Villanova’s Passing Takes Down Xavier

This week, as part of the weekly blog series analyzing assist data from notable college basketball games, we head toward the Big East for a showdown between the top two teams in the conference—#3 Villanova and #4 Xavier. On Saturday, February 17th, the Wildcats went on the road and defeated the fourth-ranked Musketeers in a high-scoring game, 95-79. The Villanova Wildcats rank third in the country in points per game…

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Assisting Tar Heels

In the second edition of our weekly blog series covering assist data from noteworthy games throughout the college basketball season, we examine a game from college basketball’s biggest rivalry: Duke-UNC. On Thursday, February 8th, the Tar Heels hosted the Blue Devils at the Dean Dome in their first meeting of the season and defeated their rivals in a thriller, 82-78. Despite scoring about their average in points, the Tar Heels…

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Assisting the Wildcats at GW

As part of a new weekly blog series, we will be covering assist data from noteworthy games and throughout the rest of the college basketball season. 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. The width of the chord corresponds to the number of assists, the thicker the chord the…

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A Graphic Super Bowl

In a week, a parade will be scheduled in Boston or Philadelphia to celebrate a Super Bowl championship team. For now, the days, hours, and minutes tick away until the kick-off of the 52nd NFL championship game. Parties are scheduled. Analysts offer their predictions. Anticipation builds. With so much attention on the big game, you can feed your sports hunger at ESPN with its buffet of insights, videos, images, stats,…

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Passing Opportunity: Wildcats Lead Nation in Assists

Earlier this season, ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas handed out midseason honors and singled out the Davidson Wildcats as the best passing team in the country. (Full article here: http://es.pn/2EcWOed). Bilas cited the team’s exceptional passing, putting them ahead of top-ranked teams like Villanova and Kansas. The numbers back up Bilas’s assessment. Coach Bob McKillop’s motion offense has set the pace for a high-octane Wildcats team this season, with almost…

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Hustling for a Stat

In basketball, you often hear of players that have the “intangibles” or a “knack for the ball.” Some might not fill up the box score with points, rebounds, and assists, but still get consistent playing time because they help the team. Shane Battier, Duke Blue Devil legend, is the most famous example. He did not always have the stats to back his minutes on the court. However, he played in…

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Red Hot Wildcats

Can analytics really capture the essence of a game? Can performance on the court be reflected by numbers or even graphics? The statistics for last night’s men’s basketball game against Charleston Southern tell quite a tale. Let’s start with a heat map. Here at Cats Stats we like to create heat maps of the game to help better understand our shooting and patterns as insight for future play. When asked…

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Cats Stats 2017 Preview

Soon, we will be breaking into song with “Sweet Caroline” as we cheer on the Wildcats. From the crazed fans of D Block to the scantily clad swim team, we know what to expect off the court. But what does the 2017-18 season hold for the Davidson men’s basketball team? Let Cats Stats give you some preseason tips of what to expect before the first swish on McKillop court. We’ll…

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Diamonds Dancing: Predicting the Madness

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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