Winning teams fall into three categories.
Using a model that crunches 200 different statistics from every men’s Division I team in the NCAA, Alagappan discovered that that there are three distinct types of teams that are successful in NCAA basketball. One type of team builds their success on more experienced, older players that are able to spread the floor and shoot well from behind the 3-point line. This group includes Kentucky, Purdue, UCLA, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Florida, Ohio State, and Kansas. The second type, which describes teams such as Tennessee, Butler, Villanova, Temple, and U. Conn, tends to have more guards that attack the rim and get to the free throw line effectively. The final group consists primarily of rebounding teams with high percentage shots like Duke, UNC, Florida State, Michigan, and Texas A&M.
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