How Math is Changing the Sport of Basketball

Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel has an interesting piece about how Butler University, the second greatest university in the state of Indiana behind Purdue, utilizes a trained statistician to get a competitive edge on their opponents before even setting foot on the basketball court.

[Drew] Cannon’s greatest value is with lineup analysis, as [Butler Coach Brad Stevens] terms his work “unreal.” “It includes every player, pairs of players, groups of three, big lineups, small lineups, etc.,” Stevens said. Cannon will also include the offensive and defensive efficiency of Butler’s players from previous matchups with an opponent, which Stevens said, “Will help me determine probable sub patterns, late game lineups, etc.”

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