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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 every…

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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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Shot Selection in College Basketball

Any person who spends a significant time around the game of basketball knows how often the importance of shot selection is preached. But what is it that makes shot selection so important? To a certain level, it is intuitive: teams that are able to create good shots are more likely to make those shots. However, it is hard to quantify both what shot selection actually is, and also how to…

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Talking it Over: Efficiency After Timeouts

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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