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02-16-2017, 10:33 AM
(courtesy sideshow06 on the Gaels board)


02-16-2017, 12:10 PM
I liked this paragraph. Fortunately the Zags are excelling in both. Without specifically trying to run up the score.

When the discussion turned to whether scoring margin should be considered by the metrics that feed the new rankings, however, the questions got more complex. On the one hand, research shows that a team’s point differential is more predictive of future outcomes than its win-loss record.1 On the other hand, the inclusion of victory margin could encourage coaches to run up the score or, less nefariously, could lead the metric to misconstrue how dominant a team was over an entire game by focusing only on the final tally.