Sports Analytics Research

Photo image002
What’s Wrong With College Basketball’s Blue Bloods This Year & How Can They Still Make the NCAA Tournament?
This article details how college basketball’s Blue Bloods are not performing as well this year as they have in years past. It dives into two main factors contributing to this: basketball’s move towards the three ball and the increase in one-and-done players.  
Photo Leeds United
A Forecasting Model to Predict Where Leeds United F.C. Will Finish in the Table
The Center for Sports Analytics developed the 2020/2021 Leeds United F.C. Projection Model to help fans understand how Leeds is performing relative to nine recently promoted Championship teams that successfully survived their first season in the EPL without being relegated. 
Photo baseballs
The Most Important Member of an MLB franchise
Who deserves the most credit for a winning season? Who should take the heat for a losing season? Owners and general managers organize the transactions of the top players on each team, but the managers and players actually execute on the field. I conduct a variance decomposition analysis across Major League Baseball organizations from 1975-2019 to help determine each role’s impact on a team’s winning percentage. 
Photo USWNT Celebrates
The US Women’s National Team Uses Data Analytics to Continue their Success
The U.S. Women’s National Team has dominated the soccer world for a long time. They have shown their dominance by winning four World Cups since 1991 and have never fallen below number 2 in FIFA’s Women’s rankings. There is no denying this team is talented, but with this much success people often ask the question ‘How does a team continue their success over decades?’ 
Photo Seqnzr Logo
Analyzing Collegiate Baseball Lineups: The Power Five
Are collegiate baseball coaches maximizing run production through optimized batting lineups? This research presents empirical analyses comparing game-used and optimized lineups in college baseball. Utilizing Seqnzr’s modeling software, all sixty-one teams from the Power Five conferences were simulated and subsequently analyzed for the 2017-2019 seasons. Results identify the differences among conferences and suggest how some conferences may be using analytics to better compete with the powerhouse SEC. 
Photo Samford Soccer TFD 1389
A Crash Course in Soccer Analytics
Complex statistical modeling of big data has found its way into the world of soccer over the last few years and is already starting to radically change the way coaches and players approach the game. According to Kevin Minkus, “It has influenced changes in how the game is played — teams shoot closer to goal and take shorter goal kicks and quicker throw-ins, all of which is suggested by looking at data.” This article will look at some of the latest developments in soccer analytics.