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Best Teams in the History of Each Sweet 16 School

Posted by Neil on March 28, 2013

Since we have scanned stat sheets from thousands of historical NCAA team seasons going back to the 1940s, I thought it would be cool to post links to the best team in history for each school still active in the Sweet 16:

  • Indiana - Best Team: The undefeated 1975-76 Hoosiers, who went 32-0 and won the NCAA title behind Scott May's 23.5 PPG.
  • Syracuse - Best Team: It's hard to go against Carmelo Anthony's 2002-03 Orangemen here.
  • Miami-FL - Best Team: At a school known far more for its football than hoops, this year's Hurricanes are probably their best team ever.
  • Marquette - Best Team: The Golden Eagles have had some great teams over the years, but the best remains the 1976-77 version that won the national championship under coach Al McGuire.
  • Louisville - Best Team: Another school with multiple national champs to choose from, Louisville's best squad was probably the dominant 1985-86 Cardinals.
  • Oregon - Best Team: Setting aside the 1939 national champion Ducks, Oregon's top team belongs to either this year's model or the 2006-07 version that went all the way to a Regional Final before losing.
  • Duke - Best Team: Lots to pick from here, the best of which comes down to either 1991-92 or 2000-01. '92 lost only twice, but '01 had a dominant +32.2 SRS, which is why they're my choice.
  • Michigan St. - Best Team: The Jud Heathcote/Magic Johnson 1979 team was great, but I'm going with Tom Izzo & Mateen Cleaves in 1999-2000 as Sparty's best-ever showing.
  • Kansas - Best Team: In the storied history of KU basketball, the best team ever may very well have come in 2007-08, when the Jayhawks lost only 3 times en route to a national crown.
  • Michigan - Best Team: The Wolverines have enjoyed a renaissance season this year, but the 2013 version still probably ranks behind the 1988-89 national champs, led by Glen Rice.
  • Florida - Best Team: With the Gators, take your pick between the back-to-back champs of 2006 and 2007. My pick is '07, whose stars were a year older, with a better record and superior SRS.
  • Fla. Gulf Coast - Best Team: With only 3 seasons as a "major" school in our database, it's impossible to pick any team for the Eagles other than the 2013 Regional Semifinalists (or beyond?).
  • Ohio St. - Best Team: With a handful of near-misses in recent years, the best Buckeyes remain the 1960 national champs, still OSU's only titleists in basketball.
  • Arizona - Best Team: It's no surprise that the best team in Arizona history was the 1996-97 NCAA champion Wildcats, led by Lute Olsen, Miles Simon, and Mike Bibby.
  • Wichita St. - Best Team: Talk about Shockers! If this year's team isn't their best, then it's probably the 1980-81 version (led by Cliff Levingston & Antoine Carr) that went to a Regional Final.
  • La Salle - Best Team: In Explorers history, it's hard to go against the 1953-54 team starring Tom Gola.

Who would win in a tournament of these classic teams? Tell us in the comments!

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Odds & Ends

Posted by Justin Kubatko on March 28, 2013

Here are a few odds & ends as we near the end of the week:

That's all for now. Please let us know if you have any comments or questions regarding these items.

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NBA Box Scores Back to 1964-65

Posted by Justin Kubatko on March 27, 2013

About 14 months ago we announced that we had posted copies of every box score in NBA history. However, since these box scores were scans we could not create player game logs, compute player splits, etc. As we said in that post, it is our goal to one day have all of these games in a database-friendly format.

On that note, I'm happy to announce that the work for the 1964-65 to 1975-76 NBA seasons has been completed. Please take some time to check out the box scores, player and team game logs, and player and team splits for those seasons. Keep in mind that almost all of the scanned box scores are abbreviated (i.e., they only contain field goals, free throws, and points for the players), so there will be many missing values for each game.

10 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com

NCAA Tournament Game Previews

Posted by Neil on March 21, 2013

Want a handy guide to each matchup of the tournament? Check out our game previews. Each contains the individual & team stats you need to know before watching the game. You can access them for the first round in the table below, and they're always available on the previews page & the main page as well.

8 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, CBB at Sports Reference, Features, Playoffs

March Madness History

Posted by Neil on March 20, 2013

Want to find brackets and boxscores from past NCAA Tournaments? Check out the Postseason Section of S-R/College Basketball. There, you'll find the bracket for every NCAA tourney ever played, along with boxscores of every all-time NCAA tournament game (click the scores in the brackets to see that game's boxscore).

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Fill out your brackets with our NCAA Basketball Tempo-Free Ratings

Posted by Neil on March 18, 2013

Tempo-free stats have become all the rage in college basketball recently -- and why? Because they work! Reducing the influence of pace and adjusting for strength of schedule gives a clearer picture of which teams are truly the best in the country, which will help you make better NCAA Tournament picks. That's why we list our own version of schedule-adjusted, tempo-free ratings on our yearly Ratings pages.

Here are this year's top 40 teams:

SRS Adjusted
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS ORtg DRtg NRtg ▾
1 Florida SEC 8.43 16.27 24.70 119.35 80.46 38.88
2 Indiana Big Ten 18.31 7.64 25.95 122.74 84.65 38.09
3 Louisville Big East 11.73 12.56 24.29 114.89 78.23 36.67
4 Duke ACC 14.88 7.04 21.91 119.76 86.76 33.00
5 Gonzaga WCC 11.81 9.75 21.56 119.06 86.22 32.84
6 Pittsburgh Big East 4.91 14.74 19.65 118.13 85.94 32.19
7 Michigan Big Ten 12.88 7.34 20.22 121.81 90.18 31.63
8 Kansas Big 12 11.88 9.33 21.21 114.47 83.05 31.43
9 Ohio State Big Ten 8.85 11.64 20.49 115.63 84.22 31.41
10 Wisconsin Big Ten 3.89 15.49 19.38 110.87 80.66 30.21
11 Michigan State Big Ten 6.20 12.42 18.62 112.57 83.89 28.68
12 Syracuse Big East 9.25 10.15 19.40 113.58 85.30 28.27
13 Miami (FL) ACC 5.31 11.87 17.18 112.90 86.51 26.38
14 Georgetown Big East 1.43 15.38 16.81 107.77 81.55 26.23
15 Creighton MVC 11.01 5.82 16.83 118.82 92.75 26.07
16 Arizona Pac-12 10.19 6.83 17.02 113.76 88.13 25.63
17 Minnesota Big Ten 7.06 9.74 16.80 112.36 86.77 25.59
18 Oklahoma State Big 12 8.20 8.03 16.22 109.39 85.00 24.39
19 Missouri SEC 11.83 4.31 16.14 114.67 90.39 24.29
20 Virginia Commonwealth A-10 11.60 4.89 16.50 113.36 89.56 23.80
21 Saint Louis A-10 3.92 10.81 14.72 108.34 84.99 23.36
22 Colorado State MWC 9.33 5.13 14.46 116.55 93.49 23.06
23 Saint Mary's (CA) WCC 9.69 5.04 14.73 117.09 94.31 22.78
24 New Mexico MWC 5.24 9.20 14.44 109.03 86.42 22.61
25 Notre Dame Big East 7.38 7.06 14.44 116.00 93.39 22.61
26 Marquette Big East 8.16 6.32 14.48 113.55 91.09 22.47
27 North Carolina State ACC 13.90 0.95 14.85 116.72 94.66 22.06
28 San Diego State MWC 5.26 8.72 13.98 107.78 86.19 21.59
29 Iowa Big Ten 8.01 6.05 14.06 108.42 86.87 21.55
30 Virginia ACC -0.76 14.14 13.38 107.96 86.42 21.55
31 North Carolina ACC 13.27 1.64 14.91 111.37 89.99 21.39
32 Kansas State Big 12 4.45 9.37 13.82 112.52 91.20 21.32
33 Cincinnati Big East 4.01 10.75 14.75 105.53 84.61 20.92
34 Iowa State Big 12 15.34 -1.35 13.99 116.18 95.39 20.79
35 Kentucky SEC 9.90 4.81 14.71 111.35 90.59 20.76
36 Mississippi SEC 13.45 1.10 14.55 110.36 89.76 20.60
37 Baylor Big 12 9.83 3.80 13.63 112.32 91.72 20.60
38 Wichita State MVC 4.24 8.96 13.20 108.36 87.93 20.44
39 Nevada-Las Vegas MWC 7.48 6.31 13.79 105.85 85.45 20.40
40 UCLA Pac-12 12.32 1.41 13.73 111.94 91.67 20.26
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CBB: View Original Table
Generated 3/18/2013.

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Heat Maps Added to Shooting Splits

Posted by Justin Kubatko on March 13, 2013

This is just a short post to let you know that I have added heat maps to the shooting splits. Here is an example:

heatmap

The coloring is based on points scored, so areas with fewer points scored will have a blue shade while areas with more points scored will have a red shade.

The heat maps are generated on the fly, so when you drill down into the shooting splits the heat map will update as well. Be advised that for players who take a lot of shots (e.g., Kobe Bryant in 2005-06), the heat map may take a second or two to appear after the page is finished loading.

3 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com

Video: S-R Stat Table SHARE Tutorial

Posted by Neil on March 12, 2013

Here's a 2-minute tutorial on how to embed professional-looking stat tables on your own blog:

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Check Out Our College Basketball Site!

Posted by Neil on March 7, 2013

With March Madness coming up soon, here's a quick reminder to check out S-R/College Basketball, our college hoops site. It has all of the team ratings and player stats you need to help fill out your bracket this season, plus historical data (including scanned stat sheets going back to the 1940s) and a Play Index just for college basketball. Give it a try today!

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Best NBA Scoring Duos in One Game (Mailbag)

Posted by Neil on March 5, 2013

We get asked this question a lot, and unfortunately it's not currently possible to find the answer via the Play Index, so I decided to put up a leaderboard once and for all. The most recent version of the question comes from BBR user Reggie:

I’ve seen references on here to games where two teammates scored 40 or more in the same game. But which teammates combined to score the most points in any game? [...]

One game that I remember very well as a Mavericks fan, which is often overlooked, was the overtime game they won at Chicago on November 13, 1994. That was the game where Jamal Mashburn hit for 50 and Jim Jackson went for 38, the two scoring 88 of the 124 points that night in the four point Mavs victory.

Since we have complete box scores (1985-86), here are the 200 most potent scoring duos in a single NBA game:

5 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, FAQ, Leaders, Trivia

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