2016 NCAA West Team Capsules

2016 West Region (1) Oregon (28-6) Oregon is a dangerous team that plays their best against other good teams. The Ducks lost 5 games this season to teams ranking outside of my top 40 but they were an impressive 8-1 against top-40 teams with the only blemish being a 20 point loss in Berkeley. Oregon beat Arizona twice (once in …

2016 NCAA South Team Capsules

2016 South Region (1) Kansas (30-4) Kansas is the #1 overall seed in this year’s tournament and the Jayhawks have no weaknesses, as they are a good shooting team (9th in effective FG%) while also ranking 5th in compensated points per possession allowed. Kansas is 15-3 against NCAA Tournament caliber teams and were upset by a bad team just once …

2016 NCAA Midwest Team Capsules

2016 Midwest Region (1) Virginia (26-7) Virginia is better than they appear to be because their average margin of victory isn’t as impressive as other elite teams. That’s in large part due to playing their games at the slowest pace in the nation but Virginia stacks up with other elite teams in compensated per possession ratings (3rd in the nation). …

The Man Who Shook up Vegas

View the original article on the Wall Street Journal website   By SAM WALKER LAS VEGAS — Veteran sports bettors and bookmakers are not prone to fantastic notions. They like to think that everything new is just something old in a fashionable suit. But this fall, the stereotype no longer fit. Years of studied cynicism gave way to breathless talk. …