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College Basketball Prospectus 2008-2009: The Essential Guide to the Men's College Basketball Season (College Basketball Prospectus: The Essential Guide to the) Paperback – October 28, 2008

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Ken Pomeroy is routinely described on college hoop blogs as the Bill James of college basketball. Ken was a writer for ESPN.com and his work has been cited in Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. John Gasaway was the author of the Big Ten Wonk blog and has been cited by ESPN.com’s Bill Simmons, SI.com’s Grant Wahl, and MSNBC.com’s Mike Miller as among the most influential in his field. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Series: College Basketball Prospectus: The Essential Guide to the
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452289874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452289871
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,751,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Gasaway might be the best sports writer out there (check out his old blog, Big Ten Wonk, or his new space, Basketball Prospectus, for a taste), and it's clearly on display in this new annual. Outside of the numbers, predictions, findings, etc., he's just fun to read. This book is worth picking up for the prose alone.

Ken Pomeroy is something like the Bill James of the basketball statistical universe (at least, on the college level). He's been putting together his numbers for years, and he's starting to dip his toe into the really interesting stuff, like play-by-play data. In this book, he considers some coaching axioms (ice a free throw shooter? Down by 5, shoot a 2 or 3?), offers thoughts on moving the 3 point line back (by looking at data when this occurred briefly in the past), and drops small pieces of information casually throughout the book.

If you've reached this page, you're probably at least aware of the Baseball Prospectus series. In terms of quality, this is just as good, though less focused on individuals and more focused on teams (though there is plenty of individual discussion for major players).

The downside - if your team is a mid-major not playing in the A10, MVC, Conference USA, or Mountain West, there won't be many words on them. Ken & John have stats from those conference in this book, but not many words.

Overall, it's a great start to the series.
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While I thought the articles were decent, I was disappointed by the actual lack of stats in the book. I know you can get stats off the internet, but when I'm watching a game on my couch, I like a book. Compared to the Baseball Prospectus, this is very weak, which was surprising. Most of the magazine annuals have more numbers.
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