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Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – March 3rd, 2020

Football: The 2020 Big Data Bowl Recap. Football Perspective examines How Often The Team With More Passing Yards Wins and How Often Teams Win When They Have A 300-Yard Passer. PFF’s Timo Riske Revisits the loser’s curse: The surplus value of draft picks. PFF’s Erik Eager analyzes True pass-rushing snaps and their importance to player evaluation. Football Outsiders’ Speed Score 2020.

Baseball: Ben Clemens thinks Trevor Bauer Might Have Conducted Another Experiment. Tom Tango’s Statcast Lab: xwOBAcon v Predictive wOBAcon. Baseball Prospectus Baseball Therapy: What is the Opposite of a Stolen Base? Mark Simon talks about Notable Updates to Defensive Runs Saved. FanGraphs’ RosterResource Opening Day Roster Tracker Is Here. Baseball Prospectus’ Expanding the Zone: Ranking Teams’ Pitching Depth. The Hardball Times covers the Physics in the On-Deck Circle.

Basketball: Nylon Calculus: Optimizing NBA lineup fit. FiveThirtyEight points out Few Teams Have Ever Defended Like These Milwaukee Bucks. Nylon Calculus with a piece on Categorizing NBA teams by offensive style.

College Basketball: Jordan Sperber’s Hoop Vision Weekly: The Final February Friday (HV Weekly: 2/28/2020). Eli Boettger gives Every stat you need to know about conference tournaments.  John Gasaway’s plan to Replace the committee with basketball games.

Hockey: Hockey Graphs looks to answer Which League is Best? FiveThirtyEight says The New York Rangers Are Exciting. That’s Hurting Their Playoff Chances. Margaret Cunniff Q&A: Neuroscience plus hockey makes good analytics sense for the Hurricanes.

Soccer: StatsBomb’s  France: Women’s Data Announcement. American Soccer Analysis on Comparing Players: Clustering and Style of Play.

Tennis: Stephanie Kovalchik’s Extension of the Elo rating system to margin of victory.

Your Moment of R: BaseballWithR introduces the ABWRdata Package to Accompany Analyzing Baseball. NFL post-season play-by-play and games csv files available to download courtesy of Rishav Dutta. @opisthokonta Introduces the ‘implied’ rstats package that calculates probabilities implied by bookmaker odds:

Conferences: The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is March 6-7 in Boston. The 9 research paper finalists and 11 posters for the research-paper competition at the 2020 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference have been announced.  Videos from CBJ Hockey Analytics Conference.

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