By Evelyn Tjoa, Matthew Sheridan, Kalman Strauss, Ty Isaksen, and Elliot Chin It’s that time of year again! March has arrived and the madness is sure to follow. The Harvard Sports Analysis Collective returns with our 68...
Category - NCAA Basketball
Ivy League All-Around Power Rankings
By David Arkow When one thinks of power ranking collegiate athletic programs, SEC football or ACC basketball likely comes to mind first. Media and press coverage is fixated on the Power 5 schools with countless articles and...
Do Teams Play Worse After a Buzzer-Beater?: Why Gonzaga Lost to Baylor
Throughout the broadcast of the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, Jim Nantz and friends suggested that Gonzaga's lackluster performance was due to the team being emotionally drained after Jalen Suggs' buzzer-beater. HSAC...
The Greatest All-Around NCAA Sports Programs
HSAC analyzes 17 major college sports to identify the best all-around NCAA sports programs. Schools in the Pac-12 and the SEC tend to excel, while Big XII and Big 10 schools lag behind.
A Comparison of 2020’s (Hypothetical) Tourney to 2021’s with Deep Learning
Using a deep learning model, Alex Rojas examines what might have happened if March Madness had been held last year. He also explores how the model's top teams from 2020 have fared in 2021.
Do Teams with Star Players Perform Better in March?
Oral Roberts and Syracuse have ridden their stars to surprise berths in the Sweet Sixteen. HSAC examines whether more teams should rely on their stars to succeed in March.
March Madness Week 1 Recap – HSAC Pod Episode 5
On this episode of the HSAC Pod, David Arkow, Danny Blumenthal, and Julia Blank recap the opening weekend of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, discuss college basketball analytics, and make predictions for the rest of...
During the NCAA men's basketball tournament, teams with more balance perform better than those which excel in only one area of the game.
After a year without March Madness, the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective is excited to bring back our highly-anticipated 68 March Madness Facts article for the 2021 edition of the tournament. Here are some insights on every...
What factors matter most when predicting success at shooting threes in the NBA? The Harvard Sports Analysis Collective demonstrates that to evaluate shooting talent, free throws are essential.