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The impact of recruiting on NCAA basketball success

Julianne Treme, R. Burrus and Bruce Sherrick ()

Applied Economics Letters, 2011, vol. 18, issue 9, 795-798

Abstract: This study examines whether highly ranked recruiting classes significantly impact the number of games won by an NCAA men's basketball team the following year. The results suggest that highly regarded freshman guards increase the number of wins whereas freshman players at other positions do not have a significant impact. Although both experience and incoming talent significantly affect regular season wins, the results imply that experience trumps freshman talent in post-season play in the NCAA tournament.

Date: 2011
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DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2010.507171

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