ccsuhoops wrote: ↑
Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:24 am
Guilty and I still don't like them. Like anything else with technology, it takes some of the fun out of it. Knowing exactly what your opponent do and does, takes away from the old school game of scouting, playing and coaching. BUT, considering EVERYONE is doing it and we are obviously one of the worst team in the country, its hard not to get on board. Like anything else, the game isn't the same any more but winning and losing is so may as well jump on board. Death to the mid range jumper!
Hoops...that makes complete sense. If I could put it as succinctly as possible: analytics is using the data to slightly increase the odds of winning. It's never going to get you from 0% to 100%, but could help you go from 48% win expectancy to 52%. That's not nothing.
Most coaches who are using analytics are balancing the data with video. Some first look at the data, then dive into video trying to confirm the data, while others do the opposite. I do not think our staff is using advanced data to scout opponents.
But it's also a tool to help develop players, and that's the thing I worry about most with this staff. I have, obviously, no way of knowing if the CCSU staff is doing this, but there are programs out there that are logging every shot attempted in practice. Imagine knowing that (hypothetically) Greg Outlaw shoots 40% from three in the left corner on catch-and-shoots, while he only shoots 32% from the right corner? Or that off the dribble he's x% worse than on a catch-and- shoot. Then you can tailor your offensive system toward your players strengths. But the fact that Outlaw continues to shoot runners (I'm not sure he's made one this year) tells me that the staff is not telling him to avoid those shots. Bad shot selection for him may single-handedly be the reason he doesn't make the All-Rookie team.
There are a lot of good shooters on this team, but no players with strong eFG% because of shot selection. Not only does that hurt the team, but it hurts these players who have a shot to play pro ball.
You can also use analytics to know which lineups play best together, and why? Which combination is our best rebounding group? Transition? This stuff isn't publically available, but it's out there. Are we subscribing to this software? I doubt it.
Who knows, maybe the staff is doing this kind of analytic work behind the scenes. I certainly hope so, because if not they are doing the players a disservice. I'm sure the staff knows all the drills in the world to get players better. But perhaps it's best to use a baseball metaphor- no matter how much you work on your swing, if you swing at bad pitches you'll never be a good hitter. This team has a bunch of guys with great swings who are swinging at sliders in the dirt.