Category: Stat Geek Idol

Jordan Sperber Wins $2,000 Grand Prize In Stat Geek Idol 2

Villanova student Jordan Sperber has won a $2,000 grand prize from TeamRankings.com for his data-driven analysis of matchup effects in college basketball. Read more...

Measuring Offensive Balance In Basketball (Stat Geek Idol 2 Finalist)

In one of our top five entries for Stat Geek Idol 2, Stephen Shea creates a new metric to measure a team's offensive balance. Read more...

Charting Screens In College Basketball (Stat Geek Idol 2 Finalist)

In one of our top five entries for Stat Geek Idol 2, Joshua Riddell charts picks and screens in attempt to properly value a skill that is largely ignored. Read more...

Expected Points And Efficiency (Stat Geek Idol 2 Finalist)

In one of our top five Stat Geek Idol 2 entries, Greg Matthews proposes a new way to measure the effectiveness of college basketball offenses and defenses. Read more...

Finding Northwestern A New Coach (Stat Geek Idol 2 Finalist)

In one of our top five entries for Stat Geek Idol 2, Ryan Silvis takes an analytical approach to evaluating head coaching performance and fit. Read more...

Do Matchups Matter In College Basketball? (Stat Geek Idol 2 Finalist)

In one of our top five entries for Stat Geek Idol 2, Jordan Sperber explores what happens in matchups where teams' strengths or weakness collide. Read more...

Attention Stat Heads: Win $2,000 In Stat Geek Idol 2 — Due March 31

After a very successful inaugural year, our Stat Geek Idol competition is back for 2013, with a $2,000 cash prize. Submissions are due Sunday, March 31. Read more...

And The Stat Geek Idol Winner Is …

Over the past three weeks the Stat Geek Idol field has been whittled from 64 ... down to 16 ... down to 4 ... And now at last we can crown a winner! One industrious geek is about to be $1,000 richer, and be named the first Stat Geek Idol! Read more...

A Video Charter’s Guide To The Final Four | Stat Geek Idol

To analyze each Final Four offense, Jordan Sperber watched each offensive possession from the Elite Eight in slow motion and charted categories such as: number of passes, shot location, defender proximity, number of dribbles the shooter takes, time of possession, number of players crashing the boards, and more. When it was all said and done, he was about 3% closer to becoming a video charting expert, and you were about 100% closer to enlightenment. Read more...

Coaches Love Assists … And Turnovers? | Stat Geek Idol

Which player stat categories actually lead to coaches assigning a player more minutes? And, which SHOULD lead to more minutes, in an ideal world? By comparing the answers to those two questions, Nathan Walker finds that coaches don't penalize players enough for turnovers, that they don't value steals as much as they should, and other interesting insights. Read more...