Statsketball: 5 Great Resources to Get Started

Statistics play a huge role in the strategy, assessment and business of modern sports, both as a scientific discipline and through the data. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is no exception—in fact, with the complexity of bracketology, statistics may be the key to sound predictions.

As you start thinking about how to tackle your Statsketball bracket predictions, here are some resources to help you dig into the numbers and inspire your strategy.

Bracket Stats and Facts for Every Fan

If you’re looking for a starting point to understand the basics of the NCAA tournament’s bracket system and how statistics factors into the results, this breakdown from ThoughtCo is a fantastic place to start. It’s a quick read with a few cornerstone basics about how the structure of the bracket system translates into tournament statistics: round one wins and losses.

You also can get a deeper dive into bracketologist methods from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The article will help you fill in a bracket based on the signature Bracketodds analytics model–a great tool for learning.

NCAA College Basketball Stats 2018

When you’re ready to take a deep dive into the data, start here. TeamRankings.com offers a database of metrics for all of the NCAA teams in a wide range of categories, which means it’s sure to be a great resource as you begin your assessment.

How should scoring defense be weighed against assists and turnovers? Only you can decide.

The 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Explained in 6 Graphs

This article from Newsweek offers a visual exploration of key statistics related to the tournament. Let this “hindsight’s 20/20” assessment of last year’s predictions and results inspire you as you begin your predictions for this year. Go ahead, get inspired.

2017 Statsketball Submissions Top Trends

Want to peek over the shoulder of your competition? We can’t do that, but we can do the next best thing—this article from last year’s Statsketball shares some trends we saw among the submitting teams’ entries.

Want more? Here’s a breakdown of how the pros predicted last year’s tournament, and how it played out for them.

How a Data Scientist Who’d Never Heard of Basketball Mastered the Tournament

You don’t have to be a basketball fan to join the fun! Watch this video collaboration between FiveThirtyEight and see how a 13-year-old in Illinois and a 47-year-old English woman kept pace with a Vegas oddsmaker.

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