How "mad" was the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament?
March Madness got off to a slow start on Thursday and Friday, but madness ensued Saturday and Sunday. Here's a look from a BPI perspective.
Meet BU hockey analytics director Kathryn Yates
As Boston University hockey's director of analytics, Kathryn Yates watches games in slow motion, trying to find statistics, trends and information to give the Terriers an extra edge.
NBA's biggest overachieving and underachieving teams
Have the Knicks and Blazers underachieved or were expectations just too high? Here's how every NBA team has performed in 2016-17 compared to preseason projections.
Who throws baseball's fastest fastball?
Aroldis Chapman used to be the automatic answer, but two challengers could also dial up triple-digit heat versus hitters in 2017.
Is Kyle Schwarber the new face of leadoff hitters?
He looks like a middle-of-the-order guy, but Kyle Schwarber at the top of the lineup continues a trend in which teams value on-base percentage and power over speed. But will it work for the Cubs?
Ranking, projecting every team's picks in 2017 draft
What teams will have the best collection of NBA draft picks this year? How will the full draft order shake out? Here's how BPI projects it all, after factoring in every trade and pick swap.
FiveThirtyEight: Live in-game win probabilities
Who's going to the Round of 32? Check out FiveThirtyEight's take on each game.
Lunardi's bracket projections for all 68 teams
Don't fill out your bracket without doing your homework. ESPN's Joe Lunardi assigned a team of analysts to break it down for Insiders.
Saint Mary's and the danger of seeding teams by strength of record
The NCAA selection committee looked at Saint Mary's strength of record and awarded them a No. 7 seed. Predictive analytics say the Gaels are a 3-seed. Should the committee shift its thinking?
The most analytically correct MVP debate of all time!
In ESPN the Magazine's Analytics Issue, we learned what happens when six NBA geniuses get together on Slack -- a vicious MVP debate breaks out! And the winner is ...
Are URI and Vermont the Midwest Giant Killers?
Thinking of sending Vermont to the round of 32 over Purdue in your NCAA tournament bracket? Maybe Rhode Island over Creighton? Consult the Giant Killers' guide to the Midwest Region first.
Will the Cavaliers or Gators be going home early?
Florida and Virginia get first-round games that will challenge their styles. Can East Tennessee State or UNC Wilmington pull the upset? Let's see what the Giant Killers say.
Irish, Terps should be on upset alert
Maryland and Xavier are evenly matched while West Region high seeds Florida State, Notre Dame and West Virginia are facing tough matchups against potential Giant Killers.
Are Minnesota, Butler and Cincy in trouble in the South?
Whether Cincinnati faces Kansas State or Wake Forest, it could be in some trouble. And Minnesota could fall victim to the dreaded 5-12 upset.
Which teams can disrupt the bracket?
Director of Sports Analytics Ben Alamar joins SVP to explain how undervalued Wichita State is and which double digit seeded teams have a chance to win a game in the tournament.
The numbers to know for all 68 tourney teams
How good is UCLA's up-tempo offense? And just how powerful is Gonzaga's inside attack? We've got the most important numbers for the Bruins and Zags, plus the rest of the field.
Player ranks: Can Boogie and Brow make it work?
How have DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis -- both in top-10 in our NBA player rankings before the trade -- played together as teammates? Are there signs that the partnership can work long term?
Bracket tips from the Basketball Power Index
Which teams have the best chance to make the final four? Which double-digit seed has the best shot at an upset? BPI can help you with your bracket.
How Barry scores with unconventional 'granny shot'
ESPN Sport Science examines how Hall of Famer Rick Barry can make free throws consistently with his "granny shot" technique.
Giant Killers: The NCAA tournament's most likely upsets
There are the trendy upset picks, and then there are the upsets that are backed by a statistical model that was created for just this purpose. Enjoy.
Why the Browns made a mistake in letting Pryor escape to the Redskins
The Browns factored analytics in their decision not to to retain WR Terrelle Pryor, who instead signed a below-market deal with the Redskins. The numbers don't support Cleveland's decision.
Why Wisconsin is a legit 2017 CFP sleeper
The Badgers are losing some serious talent to the NFL draft, but don't be surprised if they make some CFP noise in 2017. Here's why Wisconsin may be the Big Ten's most dangerous team.
Giant Killers: Going out on a limb with our decision tree analysis
Our new iteration of the Giant Killers upset prediction model carries warning signs for five elite teams.
Yes, Puerto Rico's infield is that good
With two MVP candidates, a talented and versatile world champion and a likely future Hall of Famer, Puerto Rico's World Baseball Classic infield projects to be among the all-time MLB greats.
Advantage: Tim Tebow? Bizarre batting behavior made us wonder
In his spring training debut with the Mets, Tim Tebow either made a rookie mistake or stumbled upon a unique way to gain an edge on Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello. So which was it?
Is there a new best backcourt in the NBA?
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson had the title of best NBA backcourt locked down last year. Have challengers in Toronto, Washington or Portland surpassed them this season?
Forget Kentucky vs. UCLA -- this is the real Sweet 16 game to watch
Gonzaga-West Virginia is the strongest matchup of the next round in the NCAA tournament.
Sorry, Mike Trout: The AL West belongs to the Astros
Our experts say Houston should be the division's favorites. Check out why.
Why you should take those combine numbers with a grain of salt
The recently completed NFL scouting combine gave front-office types reams of new data to pore over. Unfortunately, making firm conclusions based on those numbers remains problematic.
Which teams does BPI give the edge to for the No. 1 seeds?
Which teams have the best shot at the No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament according to BPI, and what they need to do to lock up a top seed.
Biggest holes to fill for every NFL team
With the official start of NFL free agency just days away, let's analyze the biggest need for all 32 teams, including Seattle's O-line that couldn't keep Russell Wilson upright in 2016.
Could Team USA take the Cubs?
The United States' 2017 WBC team has a ton of talent and is one of the favorites to win. But how would this World Baseball Classic team compare to the world champion Cubs over a full season?
How far can Russ take OKC this season?
Russell Westbrook might be the MVP. After additions at the trade deadline, does OKC have enough of a supporting cast around him to make a significant playoff run in the West?
Which teams will beat or betray expectations in 2017?
Projections peg teams' win tallies well over time, but every year provides upsets. This season could see the Royals do it again, but not how you think.
Which bubble teams does BPI favor?
The Basketball Power Index analyzed the 16 teams most squarely on the bubble in Joe Lunardi's latest bracket, simulating their next week-and-a-half of results. Here's who has the best shot.
Save that money: Baseball's best contracts
Players like Brandon Crawford have leverage and can command top dollar at the bargaining table, but teams still score big values on these deals paying seven or eight figures.
Where are the gems in NBA's quietest rookie class in decades?
This could be the most disappointing NBA rookie class in two decades. Who are the potential gems? And how much hope is there that they'll break out beyond 2016-17?
Biggest surprises of the NHL trade deadline
Who was the surprising buyer and surprising seller at the NHL trade deadline? Which player got too big (or too low) of a return? Here are our top surprises of this season's deadline deals.
Bold moves for every AFC team
Both Tony Romo and Tyrod Taylor present solutions for quarterback-needy teams. The experts from Football Outsiders have bold recommendations for every AFC team.
Want NCAA tourney upsets? Cheer for these Giant Killers in Champ Week
Champ Week is here! We have the lowdown on the best Giant Killer bets in this year's NCAA tournament field. First, however, they need to win their conference tournaments.
Can Williams and Bogut help the Cavs repeat?
How much can Cleveland's expected new additions help the defending champs in their attempt to repeat? And how do the two veterans fit with the rest of the Cavs' roster?
Who were this week's BPI winners and losers?
Providence, SMU, and Arkansas are among this week's BPI big winners while Gonzaga headlines those that hurt themselves the most.
What happened to Leicester City, and what's next?
Leicester City have sacked their manager and face the prospect of tumbling from Premier League champions to relegation. Are their issues fixable?
Are the Bulls just putting off a big rebuild?
With Jimmy Butler staying, Taj Gibson leaving and Cam Payne entering, what do the Bulls do from here? That'll depend on the next two months and big decisions by Dwyane Wade and the front office.
All of the Kyle Schwarber hype comes with a catch
The Cubs could be even more potent with Schwarber, but the champs need to find a spot for him in the lineup. That could mean putting him and his surgically repaired left knee behind the plate.