Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – December 5th, 2017

Football: Football Perspective’s interesting analysis on Winning The Running Battle vs. Winning The Game and Winning The Running Battle vs. Winning The Game, Part II.

College Football: Massey and Peabody write College Football Playoff selection committee got it right with Alabama. Football Study Hall’s Week 14 Five Factors box scores.

Baseball: FanGraphs writes MLB Pace Has Never Been Slower. Who’s to Blame? Tom Tango tries to define the question So what is all the hulabaloo about WAR? Beyond the Box Score’s Amateur Draft Bonus Analysis. John Dewan hands out The Flat Bat Award 2017. The Hardball Times Evaluates Talent Distribution on Rosters. The Hardball Times examines The Physics of the Gyro Pitch. Steven Goldleaf with a thoughtful piece on How Sabermetrics Has Ruined Baseball.

Basketball: Justin Jacobs posts a tutorial on Usage and Efficiency. Nylon Calculus piece looks at The 2017-18 NBA season at the quarter mark. The Harvard Sports Analysis Collective analyzes the relationship between NBA Referee Experience and Home Bias. FiveThirtyEight discusses Who Are The NBA’s Best Defenders Right Now? NBA Math’s Tin Hat Stats: The Knicks are Weird, Marc Gasol is Ruining the Grizzlies, Kristaps Porzingis Hates Wide-Open Shots. Nylon Calculus on Roy Hibbert and the search for truth in defensive stats.

College Basketball: FiveThirtyEight says Wichita State Is The Gonzaga Of The Midwest.

Soccer: StatsBomb On Burnley and Expected Goals. FiveThirtyEight finds Russia’s Group The Easiest In Modern World Cup History. The Harvard Sports Analysis Collective looks to answer Does travel distance impact performance in World Cup Qualifying?

Hockey: Hockey Graphs’ Behind the Numbers: What Makes a Stat Good.

Tennis: Peter Wetz at Heavy Topspin looks at who Overperforms in the Davis Cup.

Your moment of R: BaseballWithR on Exploring 2017 Home Runs Using Retrosheet Data.

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