Stat of the day: Field Goal Percentage

I’m not gonna lie. This odyssey of stat analysis has become a selfish quest. The last few years I have spent my time in March plodding through the NCAA site as I try to make sense of the numbers. Yes, some might suggest this a foolish waste of time. Nonetheless I will forge ahead.

Another day…another stat: Assists

Ah yes, assists – those gems of generosity encouraged by many a coach. Often times teams built for success over the long haul are those whose players are willing to give it up and get it back. Sometimes this stat can be misleading as we shall see.

Performance of the Week (2/16-2/22)

Have you seen a great sports performance this week – maybe on the national level or the local level? Was it a feat of athletic prowess, an incredible accomplishment, or an ultimate act of sportsmanship? Here’s the place to note that performance.

Stat of the day: Scoring Offense

Continuing our glance at statistics and how they may play out come March – today we look at offense. How many points a team scores per game, and how that number contributes to overall success. Here’s the most recent top ten.

Spring Training … in pads

Not only are your favorite baseball teams working out in Arizona or Florida getting ready for the season, but your favorite college football team is probably also getting ready to begin their own version of Spring Training.   Probably not much of a secret, my favorite CFB team is Notre Dame (a very “mixed blessing” for […]

Perusing the stats: Rebounding Margin

March is not far away. Now is the time to take a longer look at numbers and how they will have a bearing come tournament time. Today’s stat is rebound margin. Taken on a game by game basis this number represents how many rebounds a team gets versus their opponent.

Bubble Mania

As I see it, there are three levels to the bubble. Here are the teams in the Big East who still have hopes of “dancing” but still have work to do, some more than others.

Tuesdays with Smitty: A recruiting trip like no other.

It was Saturday night – Valentine’s Day – one of the “quieter” nights of the year if you are single. Well I was home hanging with the loyal cat – Beckett, enjoying a bottle of Francis Coppola 2006 Black Label Claret, when the doorbell rang. I opened the door and it was Shoeless Joe Jackson. THE Shoeless Joe Jackson was at my door. Of course I had to rub my eyes and do a double take. But that is when former White Sox great spoke up:

February Frenzy in the Big Ten

With the Big Ten basketball season closing the final stretch, eight teams are fighting for their lives to clinch that ever important berth into the NCAA Tournament. With Michigan State, Purude, Minnesota and Illinois locks, there are four teams that have a lot of work to do to make sure they remain in the hunt. […]