Podcast: Cliff Sargent on finding a great book

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With the lack of sports during the spring of 2020, it’s a great time to find a book. On this episode of The Football Analytics Show, I’m joined by Cliff Sargent, who helps you find a great book through his YouTube channel Better Than Food.

I ask Cliff to recommend some books for folks that enjoy football and analytics (10:00). He immediate mentions the work of Ernest Hemingway, William Falkner, Charles Bukowski and other well known authors.

Cliff also offers 4 less well known books that might also interest you. The links are to his reviews over at Better Than Food, while the time stamps refer to the time in the podcast in which we discuss the book.

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Bracket Wisdom #5: Do matchups matter in college basketball?

Suppose West Virginia is elite at offensive rebounding but Iowa State is awful at defensive rebounding. Can we use this to make a more accurate prediction?

I dig in by first explaining the four factors of basketball. Then I describe the work of Jordan Sperber on matchups in college basketball.

Timing isn’t great given the lack of a NCAA tournament, but at least this episode is evergreen. The content was also part of my ultimate guide to predictive college basketball analytics.

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Bracket Wisdom #4: How to make college basketball predictions

Ever wondered how to make a college basketball prediction based on efficiency? To explain, I dig into points per possession and how to estimate this quantity from the box score.

Then I discuss the least squares algorithm and how it leads to the rankings on kenpom.com. Finally, I talk about going from these efficiency rankings to a prediction for a game.

This episode formed the basis for part of my ultimate guide to predictive college basketball analytics.

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Bracket Wisdom #3: Michigan State

Michigan State might not seem like a championship contender given their record. They lost 6 of 10 games at one point this season.

However, a surprising predictor of tournament performance likes Michigan State. I break down this team on offense and defense and explain their poor record because of an exceptional Big Ten.

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Bracket Wisdom #2: The one thing you must get right

You got the memo on using analytics to predict the NCAA tournament. You’re ready to win.

Not so fast. If you get this one thing wrong, you might as well light your entry fee on fire. I explain with an analogy using Steph Curry.

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