Basketball stats world: Next step?

PER Diem: March 8, 2010

Updated: March 8, 2010, 1:48 PM ET
By John Hollinger |
MIT ConferenceJohn MarcusLeft to right: Mark Cuban, John Hollinger, Dean Oliver and Kevin Pritchard talking basketball analytics.

BOSTON -- It was a big weekend here in Beantown, where some of the biggest minds in the business gathered at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference to discuss some of the exciting new research people are doing to further our understanding of the game ... and then the next night the Celtics failed to give a foul when up by three points in the final seconds against a player calmly dribbling in his own end of the court.