Cause for concern for this year's QB draft class?
'Playoff LeBron' is real, and defense is the reason
The NBA playoffs are imminent, which means LeBron James will again be expected to transform into the legend who found his way to the NBA Finals in seven straight years. The key to understanding "playoff LeBron" starts on the defensive end of the floor.
Ranking best, worst draft years of the past decade
The names at the top will make up most of the legacy of past NFL drafts, but the best drafts are those that coaxed value from the later rounds. ESPN's analytics team crunches the data and ranks the top drafts of the past decade.
FPI projections show big trouble for Big 12
With Baker Mayfield off to the NFL, is the Big 12 in danger of getting shut out of next year's College Football Playoff? That's what the early numbers are saying.
Talk Nerdy: The Analytics Behind Loyola's Run
Seth Walder and Paul Sabin break down the analytics behind Loyola's run and look ahead to Final Four weekend.
Which MVP candidate is responsible for the most wins?
James Harden appears likely to win the NBA's MVP award, but there is no shortage of worthy challengers behind him. Assessing how much each contender has impacted team wins might be the best place to start when making comparisons.
NCAA tournament live championship probability
Live championship probability from ESPN Analytics will appear on this page throughout the 2018 NCAA tournament.
BPI's helpful bracket tips
There's still plenty of time to fill out your bracket. Need some helping figuring out which upsets to pick or the safest higher seeds to push through? Here are some friendly tips, courtesy of ESPN's Basketball Power Index.
Whose Final Four chances were hurt by their bracket draw?
Every year, the selection committee's bracketing choices help ease the path to the Final Four for some teams, while making it more difficult for others. In 2018, Duke and Virginia came out on opposite sides of that coin.
UConn's great, but BPI says take the field
Once again, the women's NCAA tournament is a binary matter of of "UConn or the field?" It's a fair question. And though the Huskies' odds are favorable to raise a 12th banner, BPI says you should take the field.
Talk Nerdy To Me: The Big Ten's Tournament Resume
Seth Walder and Paul Sabin examine the Big Ten's tournament profile and discuss which way BPI is leaning in each region.
How many wins is Kirk Cousins worth?
How much would the free-agent quarterback improve the Cardinals, Vikings, Broncos, Jets and other teams facing QB dilemmas this offseason? Here are the projections on how many wins he'd add to eight NFL teams.
Stop trashing James Harden's defense, please
James Harden's defense is fun to attack, as evidenced by the cottage industry of memes on the subject. But beyond the lowlights, in the realm of Second Spectrum data, Harden is a more effective defender than his reputation suggests.
Talk Nerdy: Examining Tournament Odds
Seth Walder and Paul Sabin examine the BPI projections for some of the top contenders in Championship Week and heading into the NCAA Tournament.
Projecting the winners and losers in the NBA tank race
We project the likely lottery odds heading into the final night of the NBA season.
The Undefeated: Career in analytics busts another barrier for African-American women
I'm in the game to change it, not to be part of the status quo.
Talk Nerdy: Examining The Big Ten Tournament
Seth Walder and Paul Sabin examine the analytical storylines to watch for in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament.
Walder & Kraemer On The BPI Bubble
Seth Walder and Mackenzie Kraemer discuss how BPI views the NCAA Tournament bubble as Tournament time approaches.
Bama takes a back seat to Clemson in FPI rankings
Based on returning talent, Clemson rates as the top team in FPI's first ranking of 2018. Where did the other 129 FBS teams land? Check it out.
Breaking down college football's FPI rankings
Here is a look at the numbers that built the preseason college football FPI rankings and put Clemson at the top over Alabama.
Talk Nerdy To Me: Xavier's Case To Be On The Top Line
Seth Walder and Mackenzie Kraemer dive into the analytics to discuss Xavier's case to be on the top line come Tourney time.
Decent-sized upgrades to BPI ratings for Gonzaga, Texas Tech, Nevada and Florida after yesterday. Downgrades for Tennessee and Virginia. Texas A&M moved into top 30, Oklahoma dropped to 31.
Dear selection committee: Please use metrics responsibly
Weeks after declaring it would officially be consulting KenPom, BPI and other metrics in its selection and seeding process, the NCAA men's basketball selection committee will announce its current top 16 on Sunday. Will the data yield a better process?
Why Tennessee could easily get a No. 1 seed
The Volunteers haven't gotten a lot of March Madness buzz, but they're currently favorites for the fourth No. 1 spot.