On Fouls and Free Throws: New Basketball Research Hits the Court

Mar 12, 2012

March Madness begins this week. Pro-basketball stars like Larry Bird and Magic Johnson built their legends in college basketball: both players were known for coming through at critical moments. Others, like Lebron James, are accused of not being able to handle the heat – or come through in the clutch. A wave of new academic research on last-second shots, free throws and playing time recently hit the court. Tom Jacobs writes about the data in this month’s Miller-McCune magazine, and joins us on the line.