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Factors that differentiate winning and losing in men’s university basketball


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Raval, KMR and Pagaduan, JC ORCID: 0000-0003-1435-7636 2021 , 'Factors that differentiate winning and losing in men’s university basketball' , Montenegrin Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, vol. 10, no. 2 , pp. 13-17 , doi: 10.26773/mjssm.210902.

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The objective of this study is to analyse the game-related statistics that differentiate winning and losing teams,according to the finale game scores in a men’s university basketball league. Samples were gathered from thearchival data of the 2019–2020 regular season of the league. Sixteen game-related statistics were analysed:two- and three-point field-goals (both successful and unsuccessful), free-throws (both successful and unsuccessful), defensive and offensive rebounds, assists, steals, turnover, blocks, second-chance points, fast breakpoints, fouls committed and received. The data were clustered into different game types based on the finaloutcome point differences: all games, balanced games (11 points and below) and unbalanced games (12 pointsand above). Discriminant function analysis was conducted to identify the performance indicators that classifywinning and losing games. The results revealed that winning and losing in balanced games were discriminatedby successful two-point field goals, unsuccessful two-point field goals, unsuccessful three-point field goals,successful free-throws, assists, steals, blocks, second-chance points, fast-break points, fouls committed, andfouls received. For unbalanced games, winning and losing were distinguished by successful two-point fieldgoals, successful three-point field goals, successful free-throws, unsuccessful free-throws, defensive rebounds,blocks, fast-break points, and fouls received. In conclusion, offensive and defensive indices are critical to winning and losing in university-level basketball.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Raval, KMR and Pagaduan, JC
Keywords: sports performance, game-related statistics, notational analysis, males
Journal or Publication Title: Montenegrin Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
Publisher: Montenegrin Sports Academy
ISSN: 1800-8755
DOI / ID Number: 10.26773/mjssm.210902
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© 2021 by the author(s). License MSA, Podgorica, Montenegro. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY).

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