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    Rule of 40

    I remember hearing a few years ago about some research that had been done on college basketball that stated something like "the team that reaches 40 pts. first wins the vast majority of games." I am vague on the exact stats, but always think of the rule when I watch games.

    Does anyone have more info on this...methodology, veracity, website? IIRC, it was even an Iowan that produced the study.


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    Re: Rule of 40

    Uh, not really, but I can tell you that the team w/ the highest score at the end of the game wins


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    Re: Rule of 40

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    Uh, not really, but I can tell you that the team w/ the highest score at the end of the game wins
    Thats usually how it works.


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    Re: Rule of 40

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    Uh, not really, but I can tell you that the team w/ the highest score at the end of the game wins
    I am aware of that research, but really I didn't dream the Rule of 40! There's gotta be someone out there in CF-land that can back me up on this one! Google is not helping me out at this point.


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    Re: Rule of 40

    Alright, I wanted to bump this since everyone is up now!

    This is really bothering me. Does anyone else remember hearing about this a few years ago? Or am I going crazy? Or a little of both?


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    Re: Rule of 40

    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    Alright, I wanted to bump this since everyone is up now!

    This is really bothering me. Does anyone else remember hearing about this a few years ago? Or am I going crazy? Or a little of both?
    You aren't crazy. I believe it was a thing done with the ISU teams that had Tinsley and company on them. They had some UNREAL record if they got to 40 points before the opponent. It flashed across the tv screen during a few ISU games and that is it.


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    Re: Rule of 40

    Quote Originally Posted by mike4cy View Post
    You aren't crazy. I believe it was a thing done with the ISU teams that had Tinsley and company on them. They had some UNREAL record if they got to 40 points before the opponent. It flashed across the tv screen during a few ISU games and that is it.
    I think you're right about this, but what I remember is that the rule applied not just to one team, but to all of college basketball. I think some statistician from the state of Iowa figured this out, and that's why it was on some of our games' broadcasts.

    Thanks for loosening my straightjacket, though!


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    Re: Rule of 40

    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    I remember hearing a few years ago about some research that had been done on college basketball that stated something like "the team that reaches 40 pts. first wins the vast majority of games." I am vague on the exact stats, but always think of the rule when I watch games.

    Does anyone have more info on this...methodology, veracity, website? IIRC, it was even an Iowan that produced the study.
    I remember that someone did some "research"-his name must have been Kelly because Dave Armstrong called it "Kelly's rule", in 00 under Larry we won every game that we got to 40 first. Keep in mind we only lost 5 games that year as I recall, so there isn't a lot of science to it. Basically we didn't have to come from behind in the second half.



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