For those that haven't heard, there is a magazine published by the
American Statistical Association that has articles on sports in
fairly layman's terms. It is called Chance and it is partially
I'd recommend it if I knew more about it. Right now, I just
recommend taking a look at it...
...in particular there is an article at
that discusses the effect of pace on games, a topic we've taken up
here. I have not read through it very well, but its conclusions are
along the lines of schtevie's -- that any attempt to use a ball-
control offense (to control pace) is a bad idea. The percentages
aren't all that different and I need to read more about how they
handled strategy. It's worth reading... Then you can fill me in.