Putting Kansas on the couch

 Basketball ShrinkTM is Ken Pomeroy's little toy that allows you to click on a team's name on one of his stat pages and see teams that are similar, according to the stats being viewed.  For example, the KU defense is most similar statistically to Florida.  To make a long story short, I rigged up an Excel file that does something similar, but using ALL of the stats listed on Pomeroy's site, instead of just those from one page.  Also, if a team is particularly good or bad in a category, that category is given more weight. "Why did you waste your time doing this?" you ask.

My original reason was that I wanted to look at the teams Texas had lost to, to see how similar they were to eachother and to Kansas, but that didn't prove to be too fruitful.  Along the way, though, I ran across something interesting.  Take a look at the teams Texas is most similar to:

  1. Kansas
  2. Connecticut
  3. Pittsburgh
  4. LSU
  5. North Carolina

Now look at Kansas:

  1. Texas
  2. Connecticut
  3. LSU
  4. Bradley  (not as ridiculous as it first seems - statistically they're like "Kansas Jr.")
  5. Syracuse

Now, as soon as you WATCH the teams you can see they're not that similar.  As mentioned earlier today, Texas plays a lot of zone (softies!), while Kansas plays (hard-nosed) man-to-man.  But the results are pretty similar.

Anyway, I just thought I'd offer up what I thought was an interesting little coincidence.  If this is any indication, tomorrow's game should be a good one.  I guess I should throw up a prediction.  I think KU will hang close but fall in the end.

Kansas 67

Texas 72

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