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Great Lakes Analytics in Sports Conference

Scott Nestler

Associate Teaching Professor | Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame

Analysis of Potential NCAA Basketball Rule Changes

The NCAA uses the National Invitation Tournament as a testbed for possible rule changes. In 2018 these modifications included: 3-point line extended by 1 foot, 8 inches; free throw lane expanded from 12 to 16 feet (NBA width); each 20-minute half split into two 10-minute segments (quarters); resetting the shot clock to 20 (rather than 30) seconds after an offensive rebound. In anticipation of the next possible rule change in 2019, this analysis quantifies the effect of these modifications on the college basketball game through comparison with regular season and NCAA Tournament games. Attendees will learn how to combine data from publicly available websites with proprietary databases using R and the "tidyverse" package, explain the fundamental rules of men's college basketball games, and understand how the proposed rule changes may affect scoring and other characteristics of men's college basketball games.

Scott Nestler joined the Mendoza College of Business as an associate teaching professor subsequent to his retirement from the U.S. Army after more than 25 years of service. Previously he taught at the Naval Postgraduate School and U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He has served as an analyst and leader of analytic teams in a variety of locations, including the Pentagon and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. He also serves as the faculty advisor of the Notre Dame Sports Analytics Club.

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