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Welcome to College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com

Posted by Sean Forman on February 25, 2010

Welcome to College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com, the latest addition to the Sports Reference family of web sites. We have had plans to launch a college basketball site for quite some time, but for one reason or another we always ran into roadblocks, most of them data-related. However, thanks to the efforts of researcher extraordinaire Kevin Johnson, we now have a college basketball database that we believe to be second-to-none. Let me tell you a little bit about what we do (and don’t) have:

  • In the Players section, we have statistics for all Division I players dating back to the 1998-99 season. Each player’s page includes detailed player statistics, appearances on leader boards, awards, honors, and more. Unfortunately we do not have some key statistics for those seasons (namely minutes played, turnovers, and personal fouls), but we hope to fill in those blanks some day. Prior to the 1998-99 season we have college statistics for 1600+ players who went on to play in the NBA, including all-time greats such as Pete Maravich and Michael Jordan.
  • In our Schools section, we have data for all major college programs dating back to the 1894-95 season. Each school has an index with school information (location, colors, etc.), yearly win-loss records, and more. Each season has its own summary page with rosters, statistics, and more. We also have schedules and results dating back to the 1979-80 season, with more seasons on the way.
  • The Seasons section has summaries for each season dating back to 1894-95. On each summary page you will find conference summaries, AP poll results, award winners, All-America teams, leader boards, and more.
  • Next we have the Conferences section. Each conference has an index with cumulative win-loss records, regular season champions, conference tournament champions, and more. For each season we have a summary page with conference standings, AP poll results, NCAA Tournament results, and more. Finally, as with the schools we have schedules and results dating back to the 1979-80 season.
  • In the Coaches section we have career win-loss records for 3000+ coaches. In fact, we believe we have the win-loss record for every known coach in major college basketball history. Each coach’s page includes a career summary, yearly win-loss records, and more.
  • The Leaders section has career, season, and yearly leaders for a number of statistics, including Win Shares, a popular statistic on our professional counterpart, Basketball-Reference.com. Please note that all leaders are based on statistics from the 1998-99 through 2008-09 seasons (the period for which we have complete player statistics).
  • Let’s move on to the Awards section, where you will find consensus All-America teams as well as major regular season and postseason award winners.
  • Speaking of the postseason, our Postseason section has yearly postseason summaries with brackets and more.

Whew! All in all this site has over 31,000 school pages, over 23,000 player pages, over 3,200 coach pages, and over 2,900 conferences pages. Now, with a project this big we know there are going to be errors that slipped through our fingers, so please give us a helping hand and fill out our feedback form when you come across something that appears to be in error.

This site has been a labor of love for me. I have always wanted to build a college basketball site, but when I first started digging into this and realized the enormity of the project I began to question my sanity. In the end, though, this has been a lot of fun, and, like our other sites, this is only the beginning. This site will continue to expand as we move forward, with new data, new features, and (hopefully) many new users. Let me close by thanking the people that made this site possible: Kevin Johnson, for his outstanding database; John Hartwell, for once again coming up with a fantastic logo; the crew at Sports Reference, for their ever-helpful comments and suggestions; and my family, for their love and patience. This is starting to sound like the end, but it really is just the beginning. I hope you enjoy the site…

21 Responses to “Welcome to College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com”

  1. edk Says:

    Dude. DUDE. This is awesome. That is all.

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  3. Brian Says:

    Are there plans to fill in the player data for the pre-1998/99 players who did not play in the NBA? If so, are you open to having people send data in? I have some for my alma mater that fits that time frame.

  4. seanlahman Says:

    Great job as always, Justin.

  5. Raj Says:

    would it be possible to get SRS rankings by year? something where we could see all 300+ teams ranked as opposed to just being told the rank?

  6. Daniel Says:

    Amazing job!

    Question: if we see errors, where should they be reported to? I mention this because the 07-08 Villanova schedule page is kind of funky; it double-counts all of their NCAA tournament games.

    In any case, I have been hoping for a basketball equivalent to College Football Database for a long time, so I am just floored to see SR-CBB up with as much data as I see here.

  7. Daniel Bui Says:

    Wow, this is awesome! Thank you for this!

  8. Justin Kubatko Says:

    Raj wrote:

    would it be possible to get SRS rankings by year? something where we could see all 300+ teams ranked as opposed to just being told the rank?

    Good idea, I’ll add it to my to-do list (which is very long, so please be patient).

    Daniel wrote:

    Question: if we see errors, where should they be reported to?

    Please fill out the site’s feedback form.

  9. Martin Manley Says:

    UNBELIEVABLY NICE!! Great job. It will undoubtedly make my job as a stats freak MUCH easier. I would like to see Turnovers added to the player stats, however.

    Martin Manley

  10. Chuck Says:

    Niiiiice!

  11. Robert Bradley Says:

    Off to a great start Justin!

  12. Jared Ras Says:

    What are the RF, R, T, F, FN, etc. next to the years on the team page? It’s not on the glossary.

  13. Justin Kubatko Says:

    Jared Ras wrote:

    What are the RF, R, T, F, FN, etc. next to the years on the team page? It’s not on the glossary.

    * = NCAA Tournament Appearance
    R = Conference Regular Season Champion
    T = Conference Tournament Champion
    F = Final Four Appearance
    N = National Champion

    FYI, if you hover your mouse over the column name you will get a column description.

  14. Dan Dickey Says:

    I am very happy to see this. I do player ratings for college players – and this will make things MUCH easier for me when you start getting all the data in (ie mp, to, & pf).

    Any chance you are going to add player stats in the navigation drop down menu on the year page? I know that’ll be a list of like almost 5000 players each year – if that’s too large, how about having the same option under each of the conference pages? That way I don’t have to click on each team if I want to look at all the player stats of, say, the Pac 10.

    Also, will this only get updated after the entire seasons are over? Any chance 2011 will be updated daily like the NBA page is?

    Great job so far – I am really looking forward to the updates!

  15. branislav Says:

    I’m writing for the first time.Your website is something what is great resource for everyone who likes this sport and loves basketball history and statistics.My question is when do we can expect rosters and player stats from 1980-1990 and 1990-2000.Best regards from me.

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