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Anyone who knows me knows how much I like baseball. They also know that I am enamored with sabermetrics- that is, advanced baseball statistics. I regularly surf Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference, and I annually buy the Baseball Prospectus. WAR, OPS+, FIP, BABIP, and UZR are all words I often use in my vocabulary.
If you’re lost right now, go rent the movie Moneyball, or look at Bill James’ wikipedia.
My love of baseball statistics has led to me wanting there to be something, anything! to quantify the success a team has other than Wins and Losses. While we’re still a ways away from monitoring Kills, Catches, Blocks, Kill %, etc, I have come up with a nifty little statistic that I personally like- PACE.
PACE has been used in basketball especially to compare teams. Sure, Team X might score 90 ppg to Team Y’s 95 ppg, but maybe Team Y is averaging 5 more possessions than Team X. This is good way in balancing out teams based on the speed of their play, and as you’ll see, a good way to compare teams.
I have broken PACE down into a few simple statistics:
- Regulation Points Won: Simply, how many points a team scores during the season (not including OT)
- Regulation Points Lost: Conversely, how many points a team allowed during the season (not including OT)
- OT Points Won: How many times a team won an OT point during the season.
- OT Points Lost: How many times a team lost an OT point during a season.
- Total Points: Total points played (Reg Points Won + Reg Points Lost + OTW + OTL) during a season
- Points Finished Per Game: Total Points/Games Played. This is points finished, not played, because unfortunately there could be as many as two unscoring points played during a game.
- Regulation Points Per Minute: Points Finished/50 minutes. This shows how long it takes on average to play a point out. Notice the regulation part- I take out the OTW and OTL because those are untimed, and thus vary significantly.
- Offensive Points Per Minute: OPPM shows how many points a team scores per minute played. It is Reg Points Scored/Games Played/50 minutes.
- Defensive Points Per Minute: DPPM shows how often a team allows a point. It is Reg Points Allowed/Games/50 minutes.
- NET Rating: This is what is the best way of comparing teams using PACE. The NET rating is OPPM-DPPM. A positive NET is good, a negative NET is well, not so good.
Stats (Minimum 3 games played)-
Top Five OPPM:
- GVSU .079 OPPM
- UK .073 OPPM
- MSU .073 OPPM
- Kent .065 OPPM
- JMU .062 OPPM
Top Five DPPM:
- GVSU .016 DPPM
- JMU .017 DPPM
- UK .018 DPPM
- Kent .019 DPPM
- MSU .023 DPPM
- GVSU .063
- UK .055
- MSU .050
- Kent .046
- JMU .045
- SVSU .022
- UWP .013
- OSU .005
- UMD .002
- TU -.003
- CMU -.022
- MAD -.027
- WKU -.029
- DPU -.038
- BGSU -.051
- MU -.067
- RIT -.075
- NSULA -.080
- PSU -105
- VCU -.133
- UNL -.166
Notice the top four teams in NET? They just happen to be the Final Four teams from this past season.
Comment if you have any opinions or thoughts on these stats!