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Solving Basketball

Jan 28, 2020

Todd Golden, head coach of San Francisco, joins the podcast for episode 32. In Todd's first year as head coach, the Dons have been using math/probability for unconventional in-game strategy.

We discussed the decision making process: The math behind the specific strategy, communicating it to players, and committing...


Dec 23, 2019

Fran Fraschilla, basketball analyst for ESPN, joins the podcast for episode 31. We discussed Fran's teams at Manhattan, St. John's, and New Mexico and how the game has trended X's and O's wise since then -- including the origins of Continuity Ball Screen and the Princeton. We also talked about the emergence of analytics...


Dec 3, 2019

John Ezekowitz, a former analytics consultant for the Phoenix Suns, joins the podcast for episode 30. We discussed John's work experience with the Suns and a variety of basketball analytics topics: Intentional fouls against poor shooters, foul or defend up 3, the hot hand, momentum going into OT, and predicting the...


Oct 24, 2019

Baker Dunleavy, head coach at Quinnipiac, joins the podcast for episode 29. Last season, Quinnipiac ranked top 5 in shot selection with 88% of halfcourt shots coming at the basket or from three. We discussed the different ways that shot selection was achieved. Including: Recruiting shooters, spacing/X's & O's,...


Sep 26, 2019

Edgar Walker joins the podcast for a different type of Solving Basketball episode. Edgar has been helping me behind the scenes for several months now with turning Hoop Vision into a sustainable business. In this episode, we discuss the story and business strategy behind Hoop Vision and why we decided to launch...