New Data-Driven Index, Created with Sports Information Leader STATS, Highlights Most Efficient Overall Teams in Men’s and Women’s College Basketball
Atlanta, January 21, 2013 – UPS (NYSE: UPS), a global logistics leader, today announced it has joined with STATS LLC, the world’s largest sports technology, data and content company, in expanding its proprietary UPS Team Performance Index (TPI) efficiency measurement platform to men’s and women’s college basketball.
The UPS Team Performance Index for basketball is a data index that will comprehensively measure offensive and defensive efficiency for all 345 NCAA Division I men’s and 340 NCAA Division I women’s basketball teams. The Index will be updated on an ongoing basis and available for men’s basketball and for women’s basketball with the leaders being announced each week beginning today and continuing through conference tournament play. In creating the UPS Team Performance Index, STATS reviewed 10 years of past men’s and women’s college basketball statistical data, finding a strong correlation to overall performance in all aspects of the game and winning.
UPS is the Official Logistics Partner of the NCAA.
The UPS Team Performance Index for college basketball will include six key statistical components with a proven correlation to a team’s overall success. These statistical components then are combined in a manner that rewards teams for performing efficiently and effectively in all categories to create the Index, ranking them from highest to lowest.
“UPS is thrilled to extend our association with STATS to include the new Team Performance Indexes for men’s and women’s college basketball,” said Ron Rogowski, UPS vice president, global sponsorships and events. “Logistics are not only the foundation of our business, but they’re also the foundation for success on the court or on any playing field, and we’re proud to have developed a system that successfully quantifies which teams are best at the preparation, planning and precision that lead to success.”
“STATS is excited to expand the UPS Team Performance Index into college basketball,” said John Sasman, vice president of commercial products at STATS. “The application of the Index to basketball highlights the efficiency and overall teamwork required to succeed in the sport. The Team Performance Index is designed to identify well-balanced teams that do multiple things well, similar to how UPS excels in logistics. The formula shows new insights and tells a unique story about the teams and the college basketball season.”
The statistical components of the UPS Team Performance Index for basketball are as follows:
- Offensive Measure – Effective Field Goal Percentage
- Defensive Measure – Effective Field Goal Percentage Against
- Rebounding – Rebounding percentage amongst all rebounds in a game (If there are 100 rebounds in a game, and your team grabs 60, your rebounding percentage is 60%.)
- Ball Handling – Assists/game, steals/game, opponent assists/game, opponent steals/game
- Overall Miscues Measure – “Non-steal” turnovers/game, fouls/game, opponent non-steal turnovers/game, opponent fouls per game
- Success Measure – Winning Percentage
For each of the components, an Index value is created using a proprietary algorithm, with 100 being average. For all categories, anything above 100 is better than average and anything below 100 is below average. The maximum component index is capped at 200 in any category. These components and team’s win-loss performance then are combined to reward a team that excels in all facets of the game.
The Team Performance Index for basketball is a brand extension of the original UPS Team Performance Index first launched in August 2012 for NCAA football.
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.ncaa.org and www.ncaa.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.
About STATS LLC
STATS is the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company. The company passionately abides by a mission to revolutionize the way sports contests are viewed, understood and enjoyed. STATS’ calling card consists of real-time scores, historical sports information, Associated Press editorial content, a turnkey fantasy sports operation and SportVU technology. Today, STATS’ worldwide client network of media companies and professional sports leagues and teams utilize a broad spectrum of dynamic in-game broadcast presentations and virtual images, multimedia enhancements and game analysis and tactical coaching tools. STATS is owned jointly by the Associated Press and News Corporation with corporate offices across the globe. For a complete tour of STATS’ sports content and solutions, visit www.stats.com.
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