The Use of Analytics in Basketball

By Glenn Brown

Ten years ago, the play and statistics of the NBA were determined to be meaningless and sometimes annoying for diehard fans and personnel of each organization. General managers and owners would draft players, scout free agents, scout opponents, and lastly, would construct teams based on what they would see live and hear from the front office. That all change with the birth of analytics that was created by the general manager of the Major League’s Oakland Athletics. The man behind this crazy idea was Billy Beane, or the guy most people know from the film “Money ball.” Beane used advance statistics to figure out which players worked for his system and left 60 percent up to what the numbers said, and the other 40 percent to the front office. The question that the reader must be thinking about is, “What does this have to do with the NBA”? Well, this led to current Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey using this idea of advanced metrics to start the trend of player development tracking. The numbers game has revolutionized the NBA in a way that fans and NBA personnel have never witnessed before. Morey’s trend started in 2009 by tracking the way a player plays against certain defenses, the strengths and weaknesses while playing a style, how the player fits in to certain systems, and overall the strengths and weaknesses of teams. This lead to ten teams adopting this type of metric the next year, and currently every NBA franchise uses advanced metrics. This transformation has been used in every aspect of the NBA from which players to draft, the amount of money a player is truly worth, and most importantly which systems will work for certain teams and their coaches. The tracking of analytics has become so involved in the game that some statistics can predict what a player’s stats will be for the rest of their career, and which role a rookie will have in the NBA before stepping on an NBA floor.


Analytics Overload: Are Sports Relying Too Much On Data And Stats?

By Tyler Douris

Everywhere we look in the sports world today, analytics are present. The sports analytic science keeps progressing and owners, professionals and fans all value it more as time goes on. But when will the time come where the analytics outweigh the actual talent? Should player’s salaries depend on analytics or should they be determined by overall talent and worth to the team?

More than ever, you will see players being bashed for their efficiency in today’s game (particularly in the NBA). Although efficiency is a good quality for an NBA team, how much does it affect the team’s overall success? According to an article by ESPN magazine, “the Philadelphia 76ers and the Houston Astros” put analytics to the best use and are two of the most efficient teams in their sports. These two teams have a severe lack of talent, but the guys who do play have played efficiently. Does that mean that the teams are a contender? Absolutely not. If a player drops 20 points per game in the NBA or takes “efficient” shots, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a max contract player (or at least they shouldn’t be). There are plenty of efficient players in the league, but all of the “greats” will miss, and miss, and miss again until it drops.

Although analytics are important to the sports world, they are being taken too far. Efficient players are important and stats are cool, but when you decide the overall talent of a player by something this complex it can be taken out of hand. There are several players in every league that are key components to their teams, but put up 40 percent shooting and .240 batting averages. There are countless amounts of teams who look like front runners and fail. Talent outweighs efficiency and stats.

The Evolution of Analytics

By Bryan Vientos

Analytics is considered to be a major game changer throughout sports. Each year technology gets even better then it was before and faster, which only means it will be easier for most teams to use smaller computers and less data to predict the outcome of certain scenarios. It’s still difficult in some sports scubas soccer to be completely accurate and weigh up all variables. In the NBA teams started to take advantage of this new way of taking chance such as shot selection. Going on for threes and short range shots instant of long twos because logically it makes more sense will a greater chance of success. The MLB is really where this became more visible especially with “Moneyball” coming into play. This was a new strategy that was developed by the Oakland Athletics General Manager who used a different way of evaluating baseball players. Which really attacked other teams unwillingness to adapt to this way of evaluating players with all of the different types of statics. As sports become more completive teams are willing to do whatever it takes to win and will find new ways of predicting players potential. Time can only tell if there will be a new way of predicting certain outcomes and potential.

How Analytics are Impacting Baseball

By Sierra Morrison

Pennsauken, N.J. – Sports fans, players, coaches and sports owners want their team to win. To help them gain an advantage over their opponent without cheating, teams are embracing analytics. Analytics were once the domain of baseball but analytics have moved to basketball, football, soccer and other sports. The reason for the massive explosion in the use of analytics is it helps identify player performance, player selection, injury prevention, and a whole list of other reasons.

A famous example of analytics was Oakland Athletics’ baseball general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players. Eventually, GM Beane would succeed and the Athletics would win 20 consecutive games and finish the 2002 season 103-59.

Since then, other baseball teams have taken up analytics, others are still debating. The Cardinals, Cubs, and Pirates are considered all in, while the Phillies and Marlins are considered non-believers. The Cubs recently won the World Series and the Pirates moved out of last place the year they started using analytics which was 2007.

The Phillies believe that they don’t need analytics because won the World Cup in 2008 without using it. The follow year, the Phillies went to the World Series again without the use of analytic but lost. Since then, more baseball teams have started using analytics and this has proved costly to the Phillies. Other teams have advanced while the Phillies remain stuck.

Rowan University Men’s Basketball Team beats TCNJ

Rowan University Men’s Basketball Team defeats TCNJ

By Sierra Morrison

Glassboro, N.J. – Rowan Men’s Basketball Team defeated TCNJ, 88-74.

In the first period, Rowan Men’s Basketball Team took the lead. TCNJ countered by taking a fast and aggressive stance.

Despite taking a fast and aggressive stance, Rowan Men’s Basketball Team led in field goals (FG’s), three point field goals (3FG’s) and free throws (FT). In total, Rowan made 50% of their FGs vs. TCNJ making 34.3%, 53.3% of its 3FGs vs. 16.7% and 87.5% of its FT vs. 80%.  

By the end of the first half, the score was 45-35 with Rowan Men’s Basketball Team leading.

In the second half, TCNJ maintained its fast and aggressive stance in an attempt to take the lead. For TCNJ’s fans it looked like it was working with TCNJ making 4 out of its 15 3FGs compare to Rowan’s 1 out of 11 3FGs.

In the final minutes of play, TCNJ was a mere six points from taking the lead with Corey Stanford leading in FG’s and Eric Murrdock, Jr. leading in 3FG’s. But, TCNJ’s type of playing started to show its effects on its players, TCNJ’s players were slower to react when Rowan entered their side of the court and their aggressiveness resulted in penalties. As a result, Rowan Men’s Basketball Team was able to expand its lead.

The final score was 88-74.

After the game, Rowan Men’s Basketball Team Head Coach Joe Crispin was asked how he would get the team to the foul line more often than the opposing team.

“We stay in attack mode and we don’t really dunk the ball in the post a lot, so it has to be with our guards getting to the rim, getting hands, checking calls” Crispin said.   


TCNJ vs. Rowan University Men’s Basketball Team Game Preview

Key NJAC Matchup Features Star Players Wilson and Brackett

By: Glenn Brown

            Glassboro, N.J. – When The College of New Jersey Lions travel to Glassboro on Wednesday night to play host Rowan University Profs, there will be a lot of eyes on the key matchup that may determine the NJAC Conference Player of the Year. The matchup that I am referring to features senior forwards Bobby Brackett of TCNJ, and Shawn Wilson of Rowan.

The two senior leaders lead their respective teams in multiple categories as Brackett averages a double-double of 15.9 ppg and 10.2 rpg to lead the Lions. Wilson leads the Profs with an average of 20 ppg and 6 rpg. The matchup between these two teams also has major NJAC conference implications as TCNJ record stands at 15-5, while the Profs are 12-8 on the year. The Lions are currently in second place in the Men’s NJAC basketball standings while Rowan sits in fourth place.

The journey that led these two standouts was very rough and difficult as Brackett enrolled at TCNJ and immediately contributed as a freshman and sophomore. Before Brackett could really break out and become a star, he tore his Achilles before his junior season and was ultimately ruled out for the season. Before this injury, Brackett averaged a double-double during his sophomore year and was primed to breakout as a junior. For Wilson, his journey started at Atlantic-Cape Community College in Mays Landing, New Jersey. “When I arrived at Rowan I was just trying to fit in and play my game”, said Wilson after a Tuesday practice. After starring at ACCC and finishing up his associates degree, Wilson made the easy on court transition to Rowan by leading the Profs in points and rebounds last year. Each player has taken a different path to stardom and as the conference tournament around the corner, each team will be looking for their star to bring home the win and possibly gain momentum late in the season.

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Rowan Men’s Basketball  Journey 2014-17

By Bryan Vientos

Glassboro, N.J.- Rowan Men’s Basketball has come pretty far from 2014 under head coach Joe Cassidy with an overall record of 12-13.  The road for success for Rowan in Division III has been rough so far. Rowan University has been growing dramatically in the past 3 years with intentions to bring there athletic programs into either division I or II. That being said, there has been more pressure to preform at a higher level to prove our program can compete. With the additional attention to our program head coach Joe Cassidy was under the microscope for the 2015 season but unfortunately the season didn’t go as planned, Which lead to an overall record of 9-16. Rowan decided to go in a different direction for the future of there program and brought in Joe Crispin.

When Crispin was brought in during the 2016 season, he had an immediate impact on the program. Getting the Rowan Men’s basketball to a positive record of 12-8. Also, only lost 2 games at home and bring back the fighting spirit of the Proofs. He couldn’t have done it without the Depersia brothers Rob and Nick with a combine total of 1175 points earned. Hopefully,

Crispin can keep the positive momentum going and bring more silverware back to Proof nation.

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Can Rowan Basketball Make It Over The Hump Of Mediocrity?

by Tyler Douris

Glassboro, N.J. – To some, the season that the 2016-17 Rowan basketball team has put together seems impressive. In playoff contention with a record of 12-8, the Profs hope to close the season with some clutch wins. But it may not be as easy as it sounds. After a loss to Montclair State University on Saturday, there is question as to whether this team is built to win or not.

Rowan basketball came into the season hot. In the first two weeks of the season the team went 6-1. Things looked promising as they defeated teams such as William Paterson University (10-10 this season) and Stockton University (10-9 this season). Rowan averaged 90 points per game over this stretch, which is much more than their average for the season. After starting 6-1, the team would drop three straight games to Eastern University, Montclair State University and the powerhouse TCNJ, who are 15-5 on the season. They lost all three games by over 15 points.

After their three game losing streak, Rowan would go 6-4 in their next 10 games, failing to catch the fire they had sparked at the beginning of the season. If Rowan basketball wants to make it over the hump of mediocrity, they need to win games like the ones they dropped to TCNJ, Eastern and William Paterson. To be a good team, they need to beat good teams. The final five games of the season are approaching and they all need to be looked at as must wins. Rowan has a chance to be special this year, but if they blow these games they’re just another decent team.