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NPR/Only a Game: Math Students Give Davidson Athletics An Edge

NPR’s “Only a Game” show/podcast took a look at how an enterprising group of math students at Davidson College dubbed “Cats Stats” are helping its sports teams through advanced analytics.

“The manpower we have is extensive,” says Matt McKillop, the Davidson men’s basketball team’s associate head coach. “So when I walk into my office on a Monday, and we’ve got a game that following Saturday, I’m looking at a piece of paper that they’ve crafted that basically tells me everything I need to be aware of as I begin my — all the work I’m going to put into watching film and scouting an opponent. So the time they save us is extraordinary.”

Jerry Milani
Jerry Milani is a freelance writer and public relations executive living in Bloomfield, N.J. He has worked in P.R. for more than 25 years in college and conference sports media relations, two agencies and for the International Fight League, a team-based mixed martial arts league, and now is the PR manager for Wizard World, which runs pop culture and celebrity conventions across North America. Milani is also the play-by-play announcer for Caldwell University football and basketball broadcasts. He is a proud graduate of Fordham University and when not attending a Yankees, Rams or Cougars game can be reached at jerry (at) jerrymilani (dot) com.
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