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Josh Eilert is a believer in what analytics say and the way he’s used it this season at WVU

MORGANTOWN — In essentially the most simplistic phrases, analytics are tons of stats from issues which have already occurred that coaches use with the hope of predicting the long run.

And the utilization of analytics has grown tremendously throughout all sports activities lately.


“It’s actually a device in getting your level throughout to gamers,” WVU males’s basketball head coach Josh Eilert mentioned. “They’ve obtained to grasp it. It’s so prevalent in immediately’s recreation. You see it on daily basis.”

The utilization of analytics explains how a baseball supervisor yanks his pitcher within the fifth inning after he went the primary 4 permitting simply two hits and hanging out eight.

Why? As a result of the analytics recommend that hitters start to tee off on that pitcher as soon as he reaches the later innings.

It may be somewhat extra refined in basketball, but you’ve already seen analytics come into play with the Mountaineers (2-1) this season when Eilert determined to begin freshman Ofri Naveh final week.

“That was extra of an analytics factor,” Eilert mentioned. “We’ve actually spent a whole lot of time making an attempt to determine the suitable lineup mixtures. From a defensive rebounding perspective, he gave us much more there than Seth (Wilson) did.”

WVU travels to the Fort Myers (Fla.) Tip-Off at 8:30 p.m. Monday to face SMU (3-1), a deep and athletic workforce whose one loss was in opposition to No. 13 Texas A&M. WVU’s second recreation of the occasion is scheduled for Wednesday, in opposition to both Virginia or Wisconsin.

“They’ve a whole lot of veteran expertise on that workforce,” Eilert mentioned of SMU. “They’ve good dimension, they usually have actually good athletes. They’re actually deep. They’re taking part in 10 guys, and the way in which they play is that they sort of stand up in you. They could flip the strain up somewhat extra on us, as a result of they know we’re shorthanded.”

Eilert is a believer in analytics, extra so than former head coach Bob Huggins ever was.

“It’s an awesome device to determine the place your benefits are and the place your disadvantages are,” Eilert mentioned. “The info out there’s so prevalent, and we subscribe to 3 or 4 totally different analytical applications that we use each day.”

That goes so far as how he rotates his gamers out and in of video games, in addition to maintaining in thoughts what the analytics say in regards to the lineup he has on the ground at any given time.

“Proper now, you’ll be able to see which guys play properly collectively and which guys don’t,” Eilert mentioned. “There’s a really telling stat between two guys who don’t play properly collectively, even going again to the Vanderbilt scrimmage. That mixture of two guys, we’ve tried to keep away from in any respect value to attempt to make ourselves extra environment friendly.”

What precisely is discovered on these analytical pages? Truthfully, absolutely anything you’ll be able to consider, right down to such particulars as which gamers shoot higher in opposition to a zone protection versus man-to-man.

“The info, it’s nearly such as you don’t have sufficient time to digest all of it,” Eilert mentioned. “It’s a must to decide and select what analytics give you the results you want, as a result of you’ll be able to go down a deep darkish gap and actually spend all of your time making an attempt to determine the analytics and the information and the way it can assist you. Over evaluation equals paralysis, I’ve heard that quite a few occasions through the years.”


WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Monday
WHERE: Suncoast Credit score Union Area, Fort Myers, Fla.
TV: FS1 (Comcast 271, HD 857; DirecTV 219; DISH 150)