Inside the Numbers of the NFL’s Newest Top Division

by Chris Murphy

 

As the NFL regular season enters its final stretch, with each team having only 4 games to play, now is the time the time to diagnose who’s good, who’s bad, and who’s somewhere in between. While for most of the year fans have suffered massive expectation failures and relative mediocrity throughout the league, one division is doing all they can to field quality teams and make the NFL’s playoffs as exciting as possible. Yes, I am talking about the NFC South. Continue reading “Inside the Numbers of the NFL’s Newest Top Division”

NBA Analytics With Python: A Tutorial

by Gene Li

 

Students just getting into the world of sports analytics have a lot of questions, and this guide will serve as a starting point for understanding the big picture overview of the data science process for getting data, processing it, visualizing it, and applying interesting learning models to it. Continue reading “NBA Analytics With Python: A Tutorial”

My Lions’ XV for the First Test in New Zealand

by Owen Tedford

 

With the announcement of the British and Irish Lions’ touring squad on Wednesday, the speculation over who will be on the plane can end. Now it’s time to turn our attention to who will start the first test match against New Zealand on June 24th. Obviously, there is still a lot of rugby to be played before then, but barring any major surprises or injuries, I believe the following set of players should be the starters for the first test match. Continue reading “My Lions’ XV for the First Test in New Zealand”

To Defer or Not to Defer?

by Owen Tedford

 

In 2008, the NFL added a rule that allowed teams that won the coin toss to defer their choice of receiving or kicking to the second half. When this rule was first introduced, it was used only 7.8% of the time. But, it has become an increasingly used option in today’s NFL with the toss getting deferred over 78% of the time now. Why are teams doing this? Well, coaches, like Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, claim that by deferring you have the chance to get an extra possession. Now, if true, this would provide teams a clear advantage by giving them an extra chance to score. Continue reading “To Defer or Not to Defer?”

NFL Playoff Picture and Predictions

by Owen Tedford

 

We’ve reached the end of another NFL season and that means that it’s time for the playoffs. The 12 teams have been decided with the Patriots, Chiefs, Steelers, Texans, Raiders, and Dolphins representing the AFC and the Cowboys, Falcons, Seahawks, Packers, Giants, and Lions representing the NFC. Every team has had their share of ups and downs but they’ve all made it to the final stage where records mean nothing and all that matters is what they do going forward, as this is what will make them remembered. Continue reading “NFL Playoff Picture and Predictions”

Theory of the Big 3: Predicting NBA Team Win % from Individual Performance (Full Paper)

by Gene Li   Nowhere is the concept of the “Big 3” more relevant than basketball. As a relatively star-dominated game compared to football, soccer, etc., NBA games are determined by the performance of a few players who can deliver offensive firepower. NBA fans often view their team’s success as driven by the top three players on each team. Just last season, we saw the … Continue reading Theory of the Big 3: Predicting NBA Team Win % from Individual Performance (Full Paper)