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Crunchy Numbers Week 3: Iowa favored at Penn State?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 10:07 PM
Before we get to the stats, here are a few things worth reading today. First, as it's Tuesday, that means there's a new Forde-Yard Dash. Second, check out this long piece by Andy Katz about how college basketball recruiters are using social networking websites to go around coaches in order to contact... Read more

Crunchy Numbers Week 2

Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 7:12 PM
Before we get started, I have a favor to ask. I know many of the local small-college SIDs read this blog. I am not going to be at the coaches luncheon tomorrow, and while I'm pretty sure I'll be covered for Penn and Villanova, if anyone else does a recording of what's said please let me know. Thanks... Read more

Crunchy Football Numbers: Week 1

Tuesday, September 8, 2009, 8:51 PM
So one week of football is in the books. Villanova and Penn State look strong, while Rutgers could be in big trouble after getting blown out at home by Cincinnati. Here's what Sagarin makes of it all. Last week's ranking is in parentheses. Opponents' rankings are listed as last week's followed by... Read more

Football Crunchy Numbers: Preseason Edition

Tuesday, September 1, 2009, 4:43 PM
Now that it's September, we can really say it's football season. And since that's the case, it's time to bring back the football version of Crunchy Numbers. This year, I'm adding in Princeton and Bucknell. They're in the Schuylkill 16 basketball rankings, so I figure I might as well give myself more... Read more

Setting up this week

Monday, March 9, 2009, 7:43 PM
The craziness continues. First of all, you simply must read Dick Jerardi's column in this morning's Daily News. It is significant enough that they even tried to do a mock bracket. But the truly impressive accomplishment is what Jerardi was able to take what he's learned from Indianapolis in recent... Read more

Welcome to Championship Week

Monday, March 9, 2009, 2:13 AM
We have reached the greatest time of year for college basketball fans. March Madness has not truly arrived yet, but Championship Week is the opening act for the biggest party in sports. Before we get there, however, we need to take a look back at an exhilarating weekend of hoops. There were big games... Read more

Welcome to The Big Dance

Monday, March 2, 2009, 6:45 PM
Tonight, I'm unveiling something on the blog that I've wanted to do for a long time. If you take a look at the right rail, you'll see a new widget called The Big Dance. It's based on a combination of the CoverItLive software we use for live blogging and the microblogging platform Twitter. Anyone... Read more

Serving statistics and a look ahead

Monday, March 2, 2009, 1:32 AM
Time for another compilation of data from Basketball State's NCAA Tournament teamsheets. Before we start, though, I think it's worth taking a moment to lay out where the blog is headed over the next few weeks. First of all, because of Villanova's game tonight at Notre Dame, the Schuylkill 16 poll... Read more

Schuylkill 16 Poll Week 15: Star Trek Edition

Tuesday, February 24, 2009, 7:36 PM
I was thinking about starting this off with a joke about being a day late and a dollar short, but as you've all probably seen by now this isn't a particularly good time for me to do that. So instead, this week's poll results are accompanied by an extra helping of data. After the rankings, you'll see... Read more

Going deep with the RPI

Monday, February 23, 2009, 2:04 AM
Not long after I put together those tables of NCAA Selection Committee team sheet data last week, I realized that those numbers merited more serious consideration. So I decided to assemble that data again, but this time I expanded the number of teams involved. Below you'll find average opponent... Read more
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Soft Pretzel Logic is Philly.com's college sports blog, with a primary focus on the University of Pennsylvania. You'll also see coverage of the Big 5, other major college sports events in the region, and the annual Penn Relays track and field meet.

Reach Jonathan at jtannenwald@phillynews.com or 215-854-2330.

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