Numbers favor road teams for Tip-Off
Metrics like Miami, Ohio State, other visitors in 24-hour Marathon
Now that college hoops has begun in earnest, ESPN is about to give us fans 24 continuous hours of ball. Think of it as breaking a bottle of champagne across the bow of this season.
Although I heartily recommend watching all 21 games in their entirety on Tuesday -- yes, some of the games overlap: use picture-in-picture -- space constrains me here to looking at just a few of the more intriguing matchups. To do so, I'll use the same simple three-step process you've seen before for "Poll Position" and ask a trio of questions about each team. How good was it last season? Who's back? Who's new?
(By the way, all data on scoring margins come to us courtesy of the College Basketball Prospectus 2010-11. Margin: Per-possession scoring margin, 2010 conference games only. RPMs: Returning possession minutes from last season.)
To read why the numbers have good news for Miami and St. John's and not-so-good news for Virginia Tech and Florida, plus predictions for a few other must-watch games, you must be an ESPN Insider.
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John Gasaway has written for Basketball Prospectus since its inception in 2007. His college hoops commentary appears weekly on ESPN Insider. John's writing has also appeared at SportsIllustrated.com, as well as in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Playboy.
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