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Breaking Down College Basketball’s Naismith Award Race

Posted by Jonah Gardner on March 24, 2017

With the 2017 NCAA Tournament heating up, all eyes are on the college basketball world. By the end of this weekend, the March Madness field of 68 teams will have been pared down to just four finalists, and we'll have just three meaningful games of college hoops left to enjoy this year.

So, as the season wraps up, we wanted to turn our attention to another exciting race for a major trophy: the competition for this year's Naismith Player of the Year Award. The Naismith, given during the Final Four weekend, recognizes the year's best college basketball player. This week, the voters narrowed the field from the original ten semifinalists to four finalists, each of whom has an excellent case for taking the trophy. In fact, in an interesting mirror of the NBA MVP race that we examined a few weeks ago, this year's award could go to any of the major four contenders depending on what voters choose to prioritize. So, with that in mind, let's take a look at the pros and cons of each finalists' case. Read the rest of this entry

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Some Famous Names You Might Not Have Known Played College Basketball

Posted by Mike Lynch on March 21, 2017

As you may have noticed, we recently made a massive update to the site, adding thousands of player pages back to the 1947-48 season. As we handled the update, we couldn't help but notice the wide variety of new payers in the database, who in the years (often decades) since they hung up their basketball sneakers, have become famous for things besides basketball. Below is a sampling of some of those players. We're sure there's others we're yet to notice, so please leave any discoveries that you make in the comments!

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College Basketball Leaderboards Extended Back to 1985-86

Posted by Mike Lynch on March 20, 2017

Thanks to the addition of nearly 50 seasons of historical player statistics, we have extended our statistical leaderboards for several categories through the beginning of the shot-clock era (1985-86). These categories include games, field goals, field goal attempts, free throws, free throw attempts, total rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, and points (as well as their "per game" versions). Additionally, we have extended all 3-point shooting leaderboards back through 1986-87, which was the season the NCAA adopted the shot.

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Historical NCAA Tournament Game Logs Added

Posted by Mike Lynch on March 17, 2017

Regular users of College Basketball Reference are probably familiar with the fact that our box scores and player games logs go back through the 2010-11 season. Additionally, we have every box score in the history of the NCAA Tournament. Now that we have most player pages digitized back through 1947-48, we've been able to create NCAA Tournament Game Logs on player pages. The NCAA Tournament began in 1939, so this isn't full coverage, but it's still a worthwhile addition. These new pages can be found on the "Game Logs" tab on player pages next to the player overview on the bar underneath the player summary. Here's some of our favorites...

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Site Redesign: Making Copying and Pasting to a Spreadsheet a Bit Easier

Posted by sean on March 17, 2017

We know that a lot of you are interested in grabbing data from our site and reusing it in excel and generating reports on your own. We got our start doing that.

The redesign complicates that because we add some helper elements to the page that are relevant for the vast majority of users and helpful in their use of the site. I'll call this material Mobile Formatting. It includes the frozen left column on wide tables, the max width of the page and side scrolling, the use of interior table header rows and sort direction indicators. So to make sorting easier, I've added an option to the "Share & more" menu to strip this content out in one click.
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Easy Access to the Site Search Box, Press Tab

Posted by sean on March 15, 2017

On the old version of the site on the front page, we placed the cursor into the search box automatically which could cause some issues if you had already scrolled down the page. Your browser would then be jerked back to the top of the page. On the site redesign, all you have to do is (once the page has loaded) hit the tab key one time and you'll be put into the search box. Lickety Split.

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Automatic Excel Export Added Back to Tables

Posted by Mike Lynch on March 14, 2017

In November, we announced that we were no longer able to support automatic export of our tables to Excel. This was due to newer browsers not behaving in ways we expected, making it difficult to support the feature. We're happy to announce that we've figured this out, however.

Today, the automatic Excel export feature has returned to all of our sites. To export any of our tables to Excel, please hover over "Share & more" above the table you'd like to export. Once you hover, you'll see a dropdown where you can select "Get as Excel Workbook (experimental)", which will download the table into an xls file you can open with Excel.

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College Basketball Player Stats Added Back to 1947-48

Posted by Mike Lynch on March 14, 2017

As a college hoops junkie, I'm pretty excited to announce that College Basketball Reference has added digitized stats for nearly all NCAA Division I (or equivalent) men's basketball players back to 1947-48. This is literally the biggest update in the life of this site, as the player statistics were previously only digitized back to 1992-93. For many older seasons, we had scans of team stat sheets (which we have left in place at the bottom of many pages), but those players couldn't be searched for, sorted, or linked to. Now that everything is digitized, you can search for players or even do things like look at every player in the 1984 ACC sorted by scoring average, or see the season statistics for every ACC Player of the Year winner.

We would like to thank Dave Quinn for his incredible efforts in compiling all of this data. This is a massive update, which adds great depths of information to the site, but it's also not 100% complete. To give you a better idea of the breadth of this data, please let me offer some details:

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2017 NCAA Tournament Forecast

Posted by Mike Lynch on March 14, 2017

Based on 5,000 simulations, here is our 2017 NCAA Tournament Forecast. We have Gonzaga as the likeliest champion, and 10-seed Wichita State as the 14th-likeliest champ. Don't forget to check this out before you fill out your bracket!

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The Eleven Best March Madness Performances Since 2011

Posted by Jonah Gardner on March 13, 2017

There are other contenders for Best Sports Weekend of the Year -- the first two days of the NBA Playoffs and the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs are both up there -- but, in my opinion, there's no better series of days on the sports calendar than the first week of the NCAA Tournament. For one thing, unlike other sports weekends, this extra-long one lasts four days, and it's packed with wall-to-wall basketball, starting at noon and stretching well into the night.

That weekend is nearly here! March Madness kicks off this week and there's a lot to look forward to. Pro basketball fans will have the chance to see how top prospects for this year's NBA Draft, like Lonzo Ball and Josh Jackson, perform on the NCAA's biggest stage. College hoop-heads will have the chance to see Naismith Award semi-finalists like Nigel Williams-Goss and Josh Hart in action and potentially even squaring off in later rounds. Read the rest of this entry

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