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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by analytics guru Ken Pomeroy to discuss the undefeated Wichita State Shockers and other college basketball matters. They also talk about the Nick Saban-endorsed proposal to limit the pace of play in college football and whether it’s designed to make the game safer or just slow down up-tempo offenses. Finally, they are joined by Ken Jennings to consider the ascent of Jeopardy! bad boy Arthur Chu, and whether there is a proper way to play the quiz show.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Ken Pomeroy is the proprietor of college basketball analytics site kenpom.com.
- Wichita State prevailed over Indiana State on Sunday to win the Missouri Valley Conference tournament and remain undefeated.
- Pomeroy wrote about the Shockers’ impressive season, explaining that the “analysis of what Wichita State is doing is why I cringe at the coverage of college basketball.”
- Two years ago Pomeroy provided a rebuttal to the argument that previously undefeated Murray State cracked under the pressure of its unbeaten record.
- The kenpom.com ratings peg Louisville, Tennessee, and VCU as some of the most underrated teams in college basketball.
- Last Wednesday the NCAA Football Rules Committee tabled a proposed rule that would have required offenses to wait at least 10 seconds before snapping the ball.
- Alabama coach Nick Saban advocated for the rule, suggesting that up-tempo offenses could threaten player safety.
- Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez starred in a Speed parody that argued against the proposed rule.
- Dan Jenkins wrote about the increasing pace of play in college football for Sports Illustrated in 1968.
- There were more plays per game in college football in 1968 than in 2012.
- For much of its history, college football placed restrictions on substituting players.
- Ken Jennings is a 74-time Jeopardy! winner and the author of the book Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs.
- Jennings argued in Slate that Arthur Chu isn’t breaking Jeopardy! Rather, he’s improving it.
- Jennings subsequently interviewed Chu in Slate.
- Mike appeared on Jeopardy! in 2006.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly triple stumpers:
Stefan’s triple stumper: revisiting the undefeated 1970–71 Penn Quakers, as well as the tragic life of Howard Porter, the man who made that undefeated record possible.
Josh’s triple stumper: remembering the 1978–79 Alcorn State men’s basketball team, which was not invited to the NCAA Tournament despite finishing the regular season 27-0.
Podcast production and edit by Alexis Diao. Links compiled by Casey Butterly.
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