Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – March 20th, 2018

March Madness: Fancy Stats believes Duke, not Kentucky, has the easiest road to Final Four among Sweet 16 teams. FiveThirtyEight says This Year’s Sweet 16 Is Downright Odd. Fancy Stats writes that Marshall’s NBA style sparks a Cinderella run that might have legs. FiveThirtyEight on How UMBC Did The Unthinkable — And The Inevitable. The Harvard Sports Analysis Collective’s 68 Facts: March Madness 2018.

Football: Josh Hermsmeyer’s research on NFL Game Speed. Football Perspective ponders What Should Be The Expectations For A First Round QB? Football Outsiders examines the relationship between Defense and Rest Time. Zach Binney looks at Weight and Injuries.  Football Perspective publishes its Receiving Success Rate (2017).

Baseball: FanGraphs compares FIP vs. xwOBA for Assessing Pitcher Performance. Baseball Prospectus’ Revised Look at Clutch Hitting (Part 2). The Hardball Times on Mike Trout, Statcast Darling. Baseball Prospectus Feature: A Rotation Spot Made For Two. Daniel Marks looks at the greatest fluke seasons.

Basketball: Nylon Calculus on The continuing evolution of NBA shot selection.

Soccer: American Soccer Analysis’ Updated Game-by-game Expected Goals.

Your moment of R: BaseballWithR offers code to analyze 3 Seasons of Jake Arrieta Pitches.

Conferences:  The Sports Analytics Innovation Summit is March 22nd in London.

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