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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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About the Author
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.coms Bill Simmons, SI.coms Grant Wahl, and MSNBC.coms Mike Miller as among the most influential in his field. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
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.