Competing Risks in Basketball … Competing Risks in Basketball … Competing Risks in Basketball

My husband has always encouraged me to use my “super powers of statistics” for the greater good—analyzing sports data, that is. Therefore, it was not surprising that I found myself watching the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament championship game that pitted Butler University against the University of Connecticut on April 4, 2011. While watching this game, I began to think about how scoring in basketball is a competing risk of points scored and points allowed where each is garnered from either a free throw, two-point shot, or three-point shot. Not only are these outcomes competing against each other, they are recurrent throughout the entire game. Thus, using my super power to model the scoring of Butler and UCONN as recurrent competing risks became more interesting to me.

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  1. I am interested in reading this article. I teach statistics at IRSC, Florida, and feel that the students would be interested in how it affects basketball.