The use of numbers and statistical analysis is now mainstream knowledge in the world of sports…
Yet, how about utilizing numbers and statistical analysis to improve the competition levels in leagues? Bill James asks that question with this article on the Globe.com.
What I find interesting is this statement…”If you reduce the number of possessions in a game by giving teams more time to hold the ball, you make it more likely that the underdog can win – for the same reason that Bubba Watson is a lot more likely to beat Tiger Woods at golf over three days than he is over four. It’s simple math. The longer the contest lasts, the more certain the better team is to win.”
Could this finding be used to justify the fact that the shot clock has a negative influence upon the game?
I’m in agreement with this James article. Reduce the shot clock, and lower the amount of possessions…Yet, then the game would require set offenses and a strategy…Oh my!