I'd be annoyed if I was handed a plague, too.

maybe a couple words were accidentally deleted;  he seemed almost annoyed (as if) he'd been handed a plague.  Problem solved.

And adding to possible corrections: should Grubby be the "Best Worst Mascot" and not the "Worst Best Mascot."  The latter sounds more like someone named him to a best mascot list but all the other such lists had better mascots on it.  The former sounds more like what Brian was going for: a mascot so horrible that it becomes awesome.

To be fair I'd be annoyed at being handed a plague, too. Unless it was a plague of puppies.

The NU Wildside won by a....landslide.

Maybe you could help prevent made free throws if you weren't so damn busy slapping the floor.

While he was simply annoyed, I would have been absolutely livid if someone had handed me a plague.

Regarding Northwestern's opponent free throw %... I just did a quick Binomial Distribution calculation using a cumulative average for FT% across the conference as the P(success)...

and computed the cumulative probability of opponents shooting less than or equal to 60.14% given the overall FT average of 71.7%.  P(x<=60.14)=0.0016

I can do a more thorough Hypothesis test, but Im pretty sure the difference is statistically significant.

I think you'd need to eliminate some variables -- control for opponent (or possibly even for the player fouled), first half vs. second half, and opponent vs. home shooting.  (First half vs. second half on the assumption that the student section is seated behind one basket but not the other one).  It's possible that (Flint?) Northwestern High School and The Bank just have difficult shooting backgrounds or something.  It's also possible that Sparty's home games featured better-shooting free throw teams, or Sparty is worse when it comes to choosing dudes to foul, etc.

Yeah a more in depth hypothesis test would probably isolate difference from expected free throw % for each half of the court seperately, but I don't really have time to go that in depth.

Northwestern's oppenent freethrow percentage is indeed significantly lower than the pack and definately lower than Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan State. So concluding that there is a Home Court Advantage there is supported by the data. What is actaully causing the advantage is a totally different question.

The 95% Confidence Intervals for all other teams overlap so, Northwestern seems to have the only gym worth investigation with the question being: what about that environment makes opponents shoot poorly? Compare and Contrast vs Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan State might lead to interesting ideas. Sippin' on Purple: do something, or something.

I would think Northwestern's high school gym might have something to do with its low opponent FT%. All the while the Izzone gives opponents a nice contrasting white background while screaming, "YES" to encourage the enemy to shoot 77%.

Very similar, a bit different at the bottom

The total number of FT attempts is also interesting.  We know Michigan does not commit a lot of fouls, but OSU opponents shooting only 118 FTs at Value City Arena is . . . interesting.

It seems a bit unfair to use the relatively free release of info by AAPD as compared to UM to state that "Michigan has a culture of secrecy that has nothing to do with the privacy of individuals, but rather seems to be focused on covering for people...".

AAPD is not subject to FERPA or Title IX. UM is. AAPD can release things that UM cannot. UM may well be acting out of its constraints under FERPA, and that would be a reason that AAPD could disclose the information but UM couldn't.

I'm not sure about the details of the law, but I thought FERPA covered the release of educational records, regardless of who had those records.  So the AAPD would be covered.  However, UM has much more experience with FERPA and may have a different interpretation of it than the AAPD beyond just a conspiracy of silence.

Which isn't to say that I think Brian is wrong in his criticism but, like you, I'm not sure how strongly we should consider the AAPD's response to a FOIA as evidence.

Only certain entities are included within the scope of the statute. As I understand it, it's any educational institution (not sure if it has to receive governmental funds or not). Individuals and other, non-educational, entities are not covered by FERPA.

If it covered everyone, then you couldn't take your child's report card to work to show it off around the office.

AAPD would not be covered. UM is.

Thanks for the info.  I only know FERPA from the educator side and was under the impression it attached to the records, not the school, but ti makes sense if it's the latter.  The school I work at takes a very expansive view of FERPA: for instance, we're told we can't even acknowledge if a student is registered for our class.  This makes me somewhat sympathetic to UM's FOIA denials.

On other hand, even under my mistaken belief about FERPA, a parent could show if their child's report card all they want so long as the kid was under 18 and it wasn't a college report card.  (I will say, being a college instructor, FERPA is the greatest thing ever: helicopter parents can be shooed away so easily.  Makes my friends who teach high school extraordinarily jealous.)

Good thing they won the game because I have to imagine that celebration would not have been as fun otherwise.

Ivy Tech!! LOL which one Terre Haute, Indy, Ft Wayne, Muncie?! Hilarious! Good nursing program though

Isn't it likely in an Occam's Razor-y kind of way that the variability in opponents' FT% is due neither to random chance nor to crowd looniness, but rather to some other factors, like shooting background? I mean, it might still have something to do with the gym, but not the crowd.

Send out the Mathlete Bat Signal!

Yeah, there are a lot of variables at play.  The Kohl Center is said to have a weird shooting backdrop, which may help to explain Wisconsin's success there (it's not necessarily the loudest arena).

Also, the home team can use its own brand of basketball, and while they're all pretty similar, some have a slightly different feel.  I think we're the only school to use The Rock, which may be an advantage, whereas I think all the Nike schools use the same type of ball (and I notice that the six lowest ones on the chart are all Nike schools).

with the unbalanced and not getting every team at home, a school could end up hosting a disproportionate number of good or bad free throw shooting teams.

Or Northwestern players could be really smart with whom they foul compared to MSU players.

OSU's opponents shot 118 FTs?

They're AWESOME at good, clean defense.

What is up with Brandon cutting the nets down two years ago like Brian and Ace mentioned in the podcast? I didn't see that anywhere and since Michigan clinched a share by watching a game that happened after our regular season concluded, I don't know when they even would have had the opportunity to do this. At least not in public.

Details would be appreciated.

Perhaps there is a correlation between quiet, calming gyms and paranoid shooters who are used to being screamed at....

These reporters and citizen nitwits need to stop asking questions.   The truth is far too explosive.  Gibbons was an operative from the planet Nibaru with a mission to protect U of M's cover as a secret Nazis alien UFO landing pad and that is why he can't be exposed.

The simple facts are that an alien spaceport is buried under Michigan Stadium and that Burton Tower serves as an interstellar space antenna. (Yeah, Space bitchez on that !)

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I can vouch for the SD School of Mines having some crazy mascots.  I grew up in western SD and at every Hardrocker game they would roll out a new rock-themed cheer too.  A few of my teachers in high school were alums of SDSMNT and they all said the school prided itself on essentially copying UM's "M" and colors right down to the letterman's jacket styles.  Fun school though, lots of crazy kids.

Luckily for U-M, the "massive PR debacle" was confined to a few naval-gazers in Ann Arbor and a couch-burner or two in East Landfill.  Not one person I have discussed the Gibbons case with out here in Virginia sees the slightest thing wrong with the way the University handled it.  Same for State College last weekend.  I am sure it is good for a few MLive clicks, but you guys really need to get a life.  No one else cares.