1Gaziantep University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biostatistics, Gaziantep, Turkey
2Mersin University, School of Physical Education and Sports, Mersin, Turkey
The Important Game-Related Statistics for Qualifying Next Rounds in Euroleague
Euroleague is one of the most popular professional indoor sports leagues in the world. It is globally ranked as the fifth-highest professional indoor sports league and the second-highest professional basketball league, just trailing behind the National Basketball Association (NBA). The objective of this study was to determine which game-related statistics can assist in predicting the team that will qualify for the next rounds of the Euroleague. The data used in the study were obtained from each team’s official average box score on the Euroleague website for 2010-2017. The datasets were arranged into two groups depending on the qualification of the teams into the subsequent round. Discriminant analysis was applied to find the game-related statistics that better contribute to qualifying for the next round. A three-point field-goal percentage was considered to be an essential variable in every round. However, it was also observed that, contrary to expectations, offensive rebounds had a negative effect in the final four rounds. It is recommended these results be used to plan the team strategies and the player strategies accordingly in a long-term and demanding tournament like Euroleague.
basketball, Euroleague, discriminant analysis, game-related statistics
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