Monthly Archives: August 2005

New Digs

Welcome to v2.0! I’ve given this place a little bit of a makeover, including the following: – Additional sortable stats for each team, and 2004 stats have been added as well. – I hired a highly-respected marketing firm to come up with a new name for the blog, and it paid off big-time. – […]


For those who missed it, the preseason top 50 for the Wooden Award was announced last week. The list isn’t binding in any way – someone not on the list can ultimately win the award in March as the nation’s best player. It’s strictly a publicity stunt, but it’s one I welcome at this time […]

I did this last year, and looking back on it, it was revealing. You can read last year’s editions of the luckiest and unluckiest teams from 2004 and judge for yourself. Just ignore my comments about Florida State. If you don’t know what the Pythagorean method is, then you’ll have to read the 2004 write-ups. […]

The points distribution page illustrates where a team’s (and their opponents’) offense in coming from. The numbers in each column indicate the percentage of points scored (or allowed) by each type of shot. Keep in mind that the numbers on this page do not say anything about the quality of a team’s offense or defense. […]

The offensive and defensive summary pages are based on Dean Oliver’s four factors concept. You can read Dean’s more detailed explanation of the four factors here. Essentially, the four factors are the building blocks to the efficiency formula. Efficiency data gives you an idea of the quality of a team’s offense or defense, but the […]

RPI Help

The Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) is the formula used by the NCAA to rate men’s and women’s college basketball teams. The formula is described below. The RPI is calculated by adding three parts. Part I (25% of the formula): Team winning percentage. For the 2005 season, the NCAA added a bonus/penalty system, where each home […]

The college basketball game file posted on my site is freely available for anyone to use with three requests on my part. (1) Give me some sort of acknowledgment on your site. (2) Let me know you are using the data and why you are using it. I am always curious. (3) While I do […]

– Schedule Strength is computed by averaging the rating of each opponent, factoring in home court advantage as appropriate. For schedule strength purposes only, unrated opponents are given a rating of the worst rated team. – Data in the ‘LAST 5 GAMES’ column reflects a team’s performance in its last 5 games against rated teams, […]

Let’s start with the most basic stats to measure the ability of a team’s offense and defense. Offensive efficiency Points scored per 100 offensive possessions. Defensive efficiency Points allowed per 100 defensive possessions. In order to compute efficiency, we need to know how to compute possessions. Possessions We can estimate possessions very well from box […]

The Basketball Shrink finds teams most similar to the team you selected, based on the stats on the page you are looking at. On the summary page, teams are compared by adjusted tempo, adjusted offensive efficiency, and adjusted defensive efficiency. On the other stats pages teams are compared by all the stats listed on the […]