Podcast: Adam Stanco on predicting March Madness, Part 2

This episode of The Football Analytics Show is the second of two with Adam Stanco of the Pac-12 Network. He’s a hoops expert and educates us on:

  • the player that makes Virginia a national title contender
  • whether Gonzaga can make a deep run in the tournament
  • the team with more NBA talent than any other college basketball team, even Duke

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Introducing: Pure Bracket Wisdom

Pure Bracket Wisdom is a daily podcast to get you ready to win your NCAA tournament pool in 2019.

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The 10 part daily series launches on March 11th, 2019.  To subscribe on Apple Podcasts, click here.

Podcast: Adam Stanco on predicting March Madness, Part 1

On this episode of The Football Analytics Show, Adam Stanco of the Pac-12 Network joins me to break down the top college basketball teams.  In this first of two episodes, we get into:

  • Duke, with and without Zion Williamson
  • Whether Michigan has enough offense to make a deep tourney run
  • Whether Michigan or Michigan State has a higher ceiling

Adam is a hoops expert and has an uncanny ability to catch things outside the numbers.  Remember, thirty some games is still a small sample size.

There’s also an announcement for my new March Madness audio project.

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Podcast: Joe Peta on predictive golf analytics

On this episode of The Football Analytics Show, Joe Peta, writer, data scientist and Stanford MBA, joins me.  Joe cut this teeth on baseball analytics but has recently started working on golf with his book A 2019 Masters Preview.

Among other topics, we discuss:

  • The political figure Joe did work for as an accountant (2:35 to start Joe’s story)
  • The Strokes Gained framework for evaluating golfers (8:25)
  • How to predict golf tournaments like the Masters (24:38)
  • Why variance plays a much bigger role in golf than team sports, and how this relates to poker (15:10)
  • Evaluating Tiger Woods, both in the past and into 2019 (32:40)

I’ve always respected Joe’s work, and anyone who likes golf or data should enjoy this conversation.  Also, check out his new book A 2019 Masters Preview, which you can consume in one sitting.

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Podcast: New England, fumbles and the Super Bowl

Back in 2015, Deflategate hit the NFL. Did deflated footballs give New England an advantage over Indianapolis in the AFC championship game?

The number suggested yes. Warren Sharp looked at fumbles and showed that New England led the NFL over the previous 5 seasons.

In this episode of The Football Analytics Show, I look back at the real insights from the fumble data in 2015. New England wasn’t an outlier in fumbles but another turnover metric.

Now, we can look at four more years of fumble data. Did deflated footballs help New England reduce fumbles, an edge now gone? Or is there skill in fumbles, which will help New England in the Super Bowl against the Rams?

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