Category Archives: Stat Corner

What’s different about Ivy League Saturdays?

The Ivy League is unique among Division I conferences for its conference schedule, which forces every team to play games on both Friday and Saturday nights for six consecutive weeks. If you wonder what kind of toll that takes on … Continue reading

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Stat Corner: Northeastern’s nailbiters

Though the student section at Matthews Arena for yesterday’s Northeastern-Delaware game was nearly empty as of the opening tip, more and more fans filed in to the courtside seats throughout the game. Most likely, the late-arriving crowd was due to … Continue reading

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How scorekeeper biases affect shot-selection data

Non-basketball self-promotion: I had an article published on Friday at Baseball Prospectus, on Hall of Fame standards in expansion eras. One of the most popular topics in college basketball analysis this year has been shot selection. Thanks largely to the … Continue reading

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Little-used lineup lifts Harvard over Vermont

After a slow exam week without much basketball, three teams returned to action with compelling games Saturday. More will come on Boston University’s upset of Maryland and Northeastern’s 20-point comeback over UW-Milwaukee in the next few days; for today, a … Continue reading

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Guards let up: Behind BC’s defensive struggles

Boston College lost its ACC opener to Maryland last night, 88-80, continuing an already-disappointing season. The Eagles are 3-7, and it’s not hard to figure out why — they’ve given up an astonishing 1.19 points per possession, worst among major-conference … Continue reading

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How important is shot selection, really? (Or: Death to 2-point jumpers)

I’ve done a lot of work recently on the concept of shot selection, including a breakdown of Boston University’s threes-and-layups offense against UMass-Lowell and Northeastern’s paint-focused upset of Georgetown. In this analysis, I’ve usually started with the assumption that certain … Continue reading

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BU sticks to high-percentage shots

If the pro-analytics movement has taught us one thing in basketball, it’s that two types of shots are much more valuable than others: Layups or dunks at the rim, and three-pointers. Teams score very efficiently on layups and dunks because … Continue reading

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