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On 19 December 2017, Google Cloud announced that it had become the official cloud partner for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). In the announcement, it was reported that: the NCAA is migrating 80+ years of historical and play-by-play data, from 90 championships and 24 sports, to Google Cloud Platform One of the first activities planned was to explore basketball data in preparation for the NCAA's Women's and Men's Division I Basketball Tournaments held in March and April 2018 (March Madness). More information about the partnership appeared in two posts on 30 March 2018. In the first post, Courtney Blacker reported a month's-long...

Stephen Maxwell Corey

Stephen Corey was the co-author with Lloyd Messersmith of the 1931 paper The distance traversed by a basketball player. At that time, Stephen was a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at De Pauw University. He had received his PhD in 1928 at the University of Illinois. Stephen and Lloyd were of similar ages, Stephen was born in 1904 and Lloyd in 1905. At the time of the publication of their paper (in volume 2 of the Research Quarterly) they were what we call today 'early career' university teachers. The paper reports the distances traversed in a whole game by the...

Using BoxPlotR to Visualise Winning and Losing Profiles in the Regular #WNBL17 Season

The regular season for the WNBL concluded last Sunday. I monitored the scores per quarter in each of the 96 games played. I was interested in the points gap between winners and losers within and between games. My basic plot of the median difference per quarter for 96 games is: I noted the closing of the points difference in the fourth quarter of games.  Alan Gabel and Sidney Redner (2012) in their discussion of random walk behaviours in basketball, observed: Another intriguing feature of basketball games is that the scoring probability at any point in the game is affected by the current...

Hugh Fullerton's Inside Game

Back in the Summer of 1993 I spent some time in the Ursinus College Library. I was looking for information about Lloyd Messersmith. Eventually I found a copy of Lloyd's 1942 Doctor of Education thesis The Development of a Measurement Technique for Determining the Distances Traversed by Players in Basketball. The Bibliography contains twenty-one references, one of them is to a 1910 paper in the American Magazine by Hugh Fullerton. Fortunately a librarian at Ursinus College tracked down the journal for me and I was able to make a copy from a microfiche reader. The paper is twelve pages long (pp. 2-13 of...

Lloyd Lowell Messersmith and the Origins of Notational Analysis

Background This is a revised version of a paper I wrote in 1994 to celebrate the life and work of Lloyd Lowell Messersmith. I reproduce it here to share his achievements with a new generation of performance and notation analysts. This is a copy of the paper for download LLM (1994). Lloyd Lowell Messersmith and the Origins of Notational Analysis 1. Introduction There is a growing interest in notational analysis as an academic area of study. In this paper I draw attention to one of the pioneers of notation in sport, Lloyd Lowell Messersmith. Most of his work has been under...

Home Ground, Home Advantage

I have been thinking about home a great deal lately.  In May I wrote about my hometown memories and the experience opened me up to other narratives about home. Three items (see Talking About Home below) have attracted my attention recently just at a time when I am talking with coaches about planning their competition programs. These coaches are involved in 'home' and 'away' fixtures and we have been discussing what home advantage might mean in performance terms. Sport There is a fascinating research literature about home advantage. In the last decade there has been discussion of: Association Football (2010, 2009,...

Conference Session 4: ACSS

The Asian Conference of Computer Science in Sports (ACCSS) is being held at the Japan Institute of Sports Sciences. The fourth session of the conference comprised a keynote about new media projects from the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK).  (Links to other sessions from the Conference can be found here.) Chikara Miyaji chaired this session. Getting ready: Sunichi Tsuji presented the first part of the talk and described the development of NHK as a public media broadcaster. Technonet presented examples of these media developments including coverage of the Ekiden Relay, figure skating (linking techniques and viewing) and the Winter Olympics in Vancouver 2010. The...

Conference Session 3: ACCSS

The Asian Conference of Computer Science in Sports (ACCSS) is being held at the Japan Institute of Sports Sciences. The third session of the conference comprised four papers and one keynote address. (Reports of a pre-conference workshop here, session one here and session two here.) Early arrivals: Takahiro Morishige's paper on match analysis support of a collegiate men's basketball team was presented by Hiroo Takahashi. (Hiroo is Takahiro's Masters' supervisor.) The paper described the combination of analysis software and iPod Touch to support coach and athlete development. Kiyoshi  Osawa explored the computation of the winning percentage in baseball with reference to the...

Vale Coach Wooden

John Robert Wooden died on 4 June 2010 aged ninety-nine. The entry about him in Wikipedia celebrates his life. This web site has wonderful information about Coach Wooden and includes his Pyramid of Success This is a TED video from 2001 when John Wooden was ninety-one. In one of the many obituaries written to celebrate John Wooden's life, Peter Kerasotis notes that: In 1948, when Wooden accepted UCLA's head coaching job, he did so after he thought that Minnesota, which was his first choice for a head job, didn't get back with him. It turns out, though, that bad weather had...