2018 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Recap

Written By: Scott Steinberg, Nathan Jen, & Ansh Hirani There are many reasons why the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference generates so much hype each year. Houston Rockets general manager and basketball analytics leader Daryl Morey is one of the co-founders of the conference. Shane Battier and Brian Burke, among others,

Wins & Point Differential in the NFL

Written by: Eric Zhou In Correspondence to Sam Ventura’s class: 36-144 (Winning with Statistics in Sports) Football is a relatively new sport when it comes to sports analytics - especially compared to another major American pastime: baseball. Football by nature is more difficult to analyze in-depth because of its ever-changing landscape on

Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Recap

Written by: Steven Silverman (@silver_stats) The 11th annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference took place in Boston from March 3-4, featuring as usual a wide variety of panelists, research papers, competitions, and conversations. Below is a brief recap highlighting some of the best moments of the weekend. Hackathon: On Thursday, March 2nd, the

Creating Open Shots from Beyond the Arc

Written by John McCool (@Desertrose28)    Quick Takeaways 0.194 correlation between open three pointers and 3FG% The Rockets, Celtics, and Cavaliers are among the leaders in open three point frequency   In today’s NBA, three pointers are valued more than the mid range jumper. However, recklessly shooting threes can hinder offensive performance and ball

Finding Value in the NBA Draft

Written by John McCool (@Desertrose28) The NBA draft offers a fresh start for struggling NBA teams short on prospects or skilled veterans. In particular, players drafted in lottery slots can make an instant impact in the league at a cheap price. History, however, suggests that even players picked in the lottery