Visualizing school size and RPI

Powered by Tableau Note: The above chart is interactive. Hover or click on any mark for school name, conference, enrollment, RPI, offensive efficiency and total wins. There's a larger version available at this link. Datasets are what initially attracted me to college basketball. It sounds strange, and my girlfriend definitely doesn't understand, but for me […]

Ranking the states

We can say with relative ease and certainty which Division-I men's college basketball conferences can be considered "power" conferences. But I wanted to break things down another way to find the "power" states in an objective, data-driven way. In short, which states are home to the most quality basketball teams? So I pulled Ken Pomeroy's […]

On DePaul and the end of the world

You might have noticed that DePaul (7-3) executed a quality win, 78-61, over Arizona State last night for their fifth straight victory, but what's more interesting is that Cleveland Melvin scored 12 points. You see, Melvin wears No. 12, and yesterday was Dec. 12 (12/12/12), as I'm sure you're tired of hearing. Evan Gordon, Jahii […]

By the numbers: UIC, that other Chicago team

UIC (that's the University of Illinois at Chicago) ruined Colorado State's vacation in the Windy City over the weekend by upsetting the Rams, 64-55. The win cemented the Flames (their mascot is a reference to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which originated a few blocks from campus) as a legitimate mid-major contender from the […]

The Rise and Fall of the Great West Conference

Today, Chicago State announced its move to the in-constant-state-of-flux Western Athletics Conference. Cal-State Bakersfield, Utah Valley, Grand Canyon University, and UTPA are also joining in 2013 when Louisiana Tech, UT-San Antonio, San Jose State, Utah State, Texas State, Texas-Arlington and Denver (oi!) depart. Great day to be a Chi State Cougar! Proud new members of the […]

An early look at the Value Add leaders

Earlier this year John Pudner launched a database called Value Add Basketball which tracks, on a team and individual basis, how valuable any given player is versus either a typical BCS-level replacement player or a replacement-level low-major player (depending on the player in question). Luke Winn explained it this way in 2011: "Value Add attempts […]

3 teams that could lose every game they play

Not since the New Jersey Institute of Technology did it in the 2007-2008 season has a team managed to run the table on losses, but there's been at least one one-win team every season since then. NJIT also makes that list which includes Bryant, Marist, Centenary (R.I.P) and Towson (thanks, UNC-Wilmington). So, with 13 winless […]

Picking an All-Chicago team

               When last we checked Chicago college hoops was in a state of transition. Among the Chicagoland area's six Division-I programs, five have welcomed new coaches since 2010, and none of the six had been especially dominant for at least the past five seasons. Now, for the first time since 2009, […]

Projecting the Old Spice Classic

The sixth running of the Old Spice Classic starts on Thanksgiving Day in Orlando at ESPN's World Wide of Sports complex. Gonzaga headlines a bracket that includes Marist, Oklahoma, Clemson, Davidson, UTEP, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. All first-round games will be aired on ESPN2, starting with West Virginia vs. Marist at noon eastern time. At 2 […]

Previewing the (not as) Great Alaska Shootout

It's college basketball's longest-running regular-season tournament, and each of the last 46 NCAA Tournament champions has participated in it at some point in their history. But despite big-name tournament MVPs like Isaiah Canaan (2011), Dwyane Wade (2001) and Drew Gooden (1999), the Great Alaskan Shootout, now in its 35th year, is a shell of its […]

Why you may want to read up on Youngstown State

When Youngstown State released their non-conference schedule over the summer, it seemed to profess over-confidence. Even though those in the know in the Horizon League knew the Penguins likely had the best team in their program's history on their hands, it looked like their schedule wasn't going to do them any favors: Only four of […]

10 red line upsets that could ruin your weekend

  Kyle Whelliston of The Mid-Majority has defined an objective line between high- and mid-major college basketball teams. It's called the red line, and it separates the eight major conferences in Division-I men's college basketball whose member schools have an average athletics budget over $20 million and an average men's basketball program budget over $2 […]

The exhaustive tempo-free guide to the Horizon League’s 2012-2013 season

Over at Horizon League Hoops I've been posting 1200-word+ tempo-free previews for all nine Horizon League teams in reverse order according to my own data-supported rankings. I've decided to combine them all into one mega post right here. No. 1 Valparaiso Last season: It seemed like an impossible crusade. After posting 23 wins, a CIT berth […]