Pew Trusts: Seven 2017 statistics that informed, inspired us to tackle today’s toughest challenges

Pew Charitable Trusts takes on some of today’s toughest issues, by applying a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public police, inform the public and invigorate civic life. Here are the stats that drove Pew’s work in 2017: 1. Opioids claim 91 American lives daily That sobering stat stems in part from two others: • More than 20 million Americans have a substance use disorder (so...

Kentucky’s relatively weak defense may prevent it from a Final Four appearance

Looking statistically over the last 11 seasons of college basketball, it wouldn’t be a total anomaly for this year’s Kentucky team to make the Final Four. It seems far less likely, though, that the Wildcats could win the national championship if their defense doesn’t catch up to their offense. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   This quick statistical look goes back 11...

Kentucky's relatively weak defense may prevent it from a Final Four appearance

Looking statistically over the last 11 seasons of college basketball, it wouldn’t be a total anomaly for this year’s Kentucky team to make the Final Four. It seems far less likely, though, that the Wildcats could win the national championship if their defense doesn’t catch up to their offense. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   This quick statistical look goes back 11...

The SEC is slow, bad at offense and really good at home

KenPom.com, the college basketball advanced stats center of the universe, unveiled a new page today that I’ve spent some time staring at over the past several minutes. He now has a table ranking conferences by his major tempo-neutral offensive and defensive statistics, and it sheds some light on the state of SEC basketball. The light is not good, but that’s probably because the state of...