Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Analysis of the home court advantage in the major conferences of college basketball from 2007-2011
by Quebbeman, Eric, M.S., Indiana University, 2012, 40; 1519519
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis observes the relationships between home court advantage in college basketball and multiple factors that help predict the outcomes in college basketball games. Factors considered are the absolute value margin of victory and Las Vegas point spread. The six major conferences in college basketball are considered over a 5-year duration from 2007-2011 for this study. Welch's t-tests are used to test the difference between binary win/loss outcomes against absolute value point differential and absolute value point spread. Using Albert & Koning's (2008) home court advantage algorithm, ANOVA and repeated measures ANOVA tables are used to test the significance between home court advantage against conference comparisons and year-to-year comparisons. Findings show that home court advantage is present in the major conferences in college basketball (HCA = 28.07), there is a statistically significant difference between the margins of victory and point spreads of home wins versus home losses, there is a marginally significant difference between HCA and conference (p-value =.07), and that HCA remains consistent from year-to-year.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wyatt, William
Commitee: Huang, Chunfeng, Trosset, Michael
School: Indiana University
Department: Statistics
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Statistics, Kinesiology
Keywords: Basketball, College, Home court advantage, Ncaa, Sports
Publication Number: 1519519
ISBN: 978-1-267-65200-3
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