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The Cost of Throwing Away Free Throws

March 8, 2009 by


An article published in the New York Times last week began as follows: For Free Throws, 50 Years of Practice Is No Help by John Branch CEDAR CITY, Utah – Yes, an article from the New York Times was filed from Cedar City, Utah.  Now Cedar City is home to a number of wonderful things.  […]

Modeling Win Probability for a College Basketball Game: A Guest Post From Brian Burke

March 5, 2009 by


Today’s Guest Post is from Brian Burke.  Readers may know Brian from Advanced NFL Stats, a site that provides some of the very best statistical analysis of the NFL.  With football season over, Brian has turned his attention to college basketball. He already has a web site set up for college basketball []. And this […]

Playoff Basketball in Charlotte?

March 5, 2009 by


The last time playoff basketball was seen in Charlotte, the following five players led Charlotte in Wins Produced: P.J. Brown (13.6 Wins Produced), Baron Davis (9.6 Wins Produced), Jamaal Magloire (6.8 Wins Produced), Elden Campbell (6.1 Wins Produced), and Stacey Augmon (3.2 Wins Produced).  And the team was called the Hornets. After that team was eliminated […]

The Miller Metric and Finding Talent in Utah

March 3, 2009 by


The hot topic in basketball these days is the measurement of a basketball player’s productivity.  For years we have had the traditional box score which can be viewed through the lens of NBA Efficiency, TENDEX, Points Created, PERs, Game Score, Wins Shares, Win Score, and Wins Produced.  And then we have the non-box score approaches […]

When can Barack Obama Invite the Championship Bulls to the White House?

March 1, 2009 by


Traditionally sports teams visit the White House after winning a championship.  This past week, though, we were able to witness a change that Chicago Bulls fans can believe in.  The Bulls were invited to the White House by Barack Obama, the team’s most powerful fan.  Clearly such an invite trampled on historical precedence.  And in […]