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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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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.

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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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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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Brief Downtime (for new db server) Monday, Feb 18, 2:30 PM ET

Posted by admin on February 18, 2013

We are spinning up a new database server (transitioning from unitas => rice (Jerry)) and will have what I expect to be a minute or so of downtime as we make the switch. I expect to flip the switch at 2:30 pm.

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Hockey-Reference Play Index

Posted by Neil on January 22, 2013

With the NHL starting back up after the lockout, here's a reminder that we offer our familiar Play Index tools for hockey, too:

Player Game Finder
Search through NHL regular season and playoff game logs spanning from 1987-88 to today for games that match your criteria.

Player Season Finder
Search through NHL regular season statistics spanning from 1917-18 to today for single seasons or combined seasons that match your criteria.

Player Playoff Finder
Search through NHL playoff statistics spanning from 1918 to today for single years or combined years that match your criteria.

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1943-1998 College Basketball Stats, 8000+ Team Seasons

Posted by Justin Kubatko on January 10, 2013

College basketball is a difficult sport for statisticians. There are currently 347 Division I programs, more than 11 times the number of NBA teams. Due in part to the large number of teams, complete college basketball stats are hard to come by (we currently have complete Division I stats back to the 1998-99 season).

We have had scans of historical college basketball stat sheets for some time, but the process to get them on the site was a bit laborious. However, I happy to announce today that we have added scans of stat sheets for 326 different schools, accounting for 8404 team seasons (full inventory after the jump).

Our hope is to one day replace these scans with stat tables that you can sort, etc., but for now we hope you enjoy this addition to the site. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments regarding the site.

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Automatic Player Linker and Newsfeeds

Posted by Neil on December 11, 2012

This is a reminder about Basketball-Reference's automatic linking tool, which makes it very easy for you to add links to a player's BBR page from your blog posts or news stories. The BBR Linker is a javascript bookmarklet that has a couple of interesting applications:

  1. If you are composing your posts in supported blogging or bulletin board software, clicking the bookmarklet will take the text you have typed and wrap every active player's name with a link to their BBR page. We are happy to add more options if the software you use is not currently supported; just let us know.
  2. If you are on a web page with player names in the text, select the text with your mouse and click the bookmarklet. After a few seconds, links to BBR pages for the player names that appear in the selected text will be automatically added.

Please see the linker page for full instructions and some areas to test the bookmarklet.

By itself this feature is pretty handy, but if you are a site owner you may want something in return for linking to Tim Duncan's or LaMarcus Aldridge's BBR page from your blog posts. We agree, so we have added a feature to return the link back to you.

Those stories are used to populate the "Player News" section just above the player's stats. If you are a blog owner or author, you can use our linker to automatically have your articles added to relevant player pages. If you tag your player names with links to our site — and we can find those links in your RSS feed — we will add a link to your article on the player's page. For example, this Hickory-High post is currently the first link in Derrick Rose's newsfeed.

Please read this description of the service for complete details, including the information that we need from you before you can start to see your content linked from the BBR player pages.

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Minimum Stat Requirements for College Basketball Leaderboards

Posted by Neil on November 29, 2012

Several users have asked about how players qualify for the national, conference, and career leaderboards, so we've added a page to explain the minimum requirements needed to show up on those lists. Currently, they are as follows:

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