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3.22.13 … Statistical March Madness Darling …

Statistical March Madness Darling  … 

One prominent Pomeroy believer is Florida coach and two-time NCAA champ Billy Donovan. Donovan says he’s always followed advanced statistics, but according to a recent piece in ESPN The Magazine, he’s recently taken his use of stats up a level by making “defensive efficiency rating” an explicit goal for his players. (Defensive efficiency = how many points, on average, a team gives up to its opponents per possession.) Donovan has an assistant keep a running track of the team’s “DER” during games and lets his players know how they’re doing at halftime. ESPN’s writer watches Donovan become angry at a player for a defensive lapse that cuts the team’s lead from 17 to 15 in a game against South Carolina, which they’d eventually win by 41 points; the implication is that the coach stays vigilant about his team’s numbers even with a comfortable lead — and that his players know it.

via Is This Year’s Statistical March Madness Darling Made Of Sabermetric Fool’s Gold.


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