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Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas

Figuring out the Legends with Lumira Kentucky vs Michigan

With less than an hour to play, I thought I would take a look at the stats from College Basketball Analysis Powered by SAP Lumira & Predictive Analytics

I am slowly getting over my team’s loss last weekend, that I can now recover and look at the other teams.

First, last week showed that Kansas had better stats than Stanford.  However it is difficult to take into account a key member’s injury

Exchanging tweets with Sam Ko he has some ideas on how to predict games when someone is hurt.  I look forward to seeing that in the future.

On with Kentucky (UK) and Michigan:


Because I have done similar analysis before, I simply switched out my dataset.  Note the structures have to be the same.


So I can do the familiar analysis and seems that stat-wise, Michigan has the edge (and the higher seed, 2 to Kentucky’s 8)


Another visualization is shown above and note you can see the legends (Kentucky is blue, Michigan is green).


Because I want to publish to the cloud and make it public, I create storyboards.  However, the legends are now missing

But when I zoom, the legends are back :


I first noticed this the other week when publishing to Lumira cloud.  However I think it is with the storyboard.

Here are the public storyboards:

Looking forward to seeing more visualizations.  Who will win?  Kentucky or Michigan?

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      Are you trying to say that Michigan will win the game?!

      *looking forward to the results*


      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      The historical stats say Michigan should win

      Overall I don't care either way since my team is not in the game any more

      I would like to see the legends appear on the storyboards without zooming though 🙂

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      Stats are interesting and everything, but, when it comes to sports, so much is determined by the human "X" factor that makes it all irrelevant. Don't get me wrong, stats have there place (it keeps a lot of people employed and makes "Experts" out of a lot of people) but, I think we all understand that they're better left in other industries than sports. As if we needed any more proof than What happened to Syracuse in the second round, or, Duke in the first, all the stat's pointed to Michigan, yet, someone forgot to tell Kentucky (who also defeated #1 Wichita, (suspect ranking as it was)). According to the stats, Kentucky shouldn't have beat any of the teams they played, they weren't even ranked in the AP Top 25 (although the coaches Poll and API had them at 22 and 17 respectively).

      Until they find a way to predict outcomes based on intangibles and the human "X: factor, stats in sports remain for personal accolades (translate to bigger salaries) and to make sportscasters appear smart.

      End of rant.