A look at Marathon metrics
Previewing the key games of the 24 hours of hoops through the statistical lens
The 2011-12 college basketball season has tipped off at last. A game has been played on an aircraft carrier, Duke had the daylights scared out of it at home by an Atlantic Sun opponent, and UCLA looks like it already misses Pauley Pavilion. (The arena is undergoing renovations. The Bruins may need upgrading too.)
A lot has happened already, but until we have our 24 hours of hoops it's not really a new season, is it?
Good news. The College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon is here. As a professional in these matters, I strongly advise you to watch all 21 games (19 men's and two women's). I can happily provide a note to that effect for you to show your employer. However, in the interest of brevity, I'm going to preview just a few of the games.
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