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The question I am trying to answer in this paper is “what style of ball should a college basketball team play?” To answer this question, I analyzed the data of points per game, opponent points per game, and winning percentage of every Division I and Division II and almost every Division III basketball team for the 2016-17 season. I concluded that offense is slightly more important than defense for Division II and Division III college basketball teams. Division II and Division III coaches can apply this finding by emphasizing their recruiting on better scorers.


This paper was presented as part of Big Data/Data Mining course (SPTM 4013) in the Sports Management Program taught by Dr. Kent Faught,

Tables Big Data Project (1).docx (30 kB)
Tables for College Basketball Styles