March Madness 2022: NCAA basketball teams look to gain competitive advantage with game-changing technology

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with the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball League Finals On the horizon, teams have been pouring through the data to try to outdo their opponents in the biggest games of the season.

Synergy Sports, owned by Sportradarbasketball coaches and individual programs that allow them to create advanced exploratory reports and dive into deep data to help them plan their next games.

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Mark Silver, Managing Director of Sports Performance for Sportradar, told Fox News Digital in a recent interview synergyTechnology provides coaches with “advanced detail” to use for many reasons.

“One of the most obvious is what’s called match scouting or advanced scouting and that’s preparing for your next opponent,” Silver said. “The tournament is a great example. I have an opponent that I haven’t played all year. They are not in my conference. Maybe I follow them a little bit because they have a player or just a general interest. See the way the team plays or maybe even the top three players I need to focus on. But I can get in To the Synergy podium, going into this team and seeing very quickly, by the data we’re recording, who’s dominating possession, who’s actually ending the play most often for that team.”

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Silver said the technology Synergy uses could break down the type of offense teams run, analyze whether they’re doing pick-and-roll, and determine if certain players are doing more in the post. If a particular player gets the ball at the post more often, the coaching staff can then see if the player’s type is when he’s in that position.

“All this information allows me to do is create an exploratory report on the tendencies of the team and the players to better prepare for that team both in attack and defense. … What is really important is that for each of these examples, let’s say there are 30 post-ups on the block. left as the player has rotated their right shoulder to a drop set to 2 by dunk, I have a video to back that up so I can watch all 30 of those, confirm what the data is telling me and really start working on a game plan.”

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Silver told Fox News Digital that the coach’s next step would be to create a playlist to share with their player and they could bring it back to their dorm and watch the videos on their tablet or computer.

Dedrick Taylor, the current head coach of Cal State Fullerton and a former assistant at Arizonatold Fox News Digital that he was lucky enough to use the program when he was on the Sun Devils bench.

Head coach Dedrick Taylor of the California State Fullerton Titans cheers for his team against the Duke Blue Devils during the first round of the 2022 men's basketball tournament held at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 18, 2022 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Head coach Dedrick Taylor of the California State Fullerton Titans cheers for his team against the Duke Blue Devils during the first round of the 2022 men’s basketball tournament held at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 18, 2022 in Greenville, South Carolina.
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“I first heard it and got exposed to it because I think at the time the NBA was using it and they referred to Synergy this and Synergy that and it was during a time when he was really fortunate to be in Arizona where he had the coordinator video, we had the coordinator Video assistant and I think we’ve had like seven or eight managers,” he said. “The video coordinator at the time was really interested in this stuff. He was really in the tech part of the basketball world. A lot of the coaches and scouts in the NBA, they’d come through Arizona and they mentioned that a lot.”

Taylor, whose team reached the NCAA Championship this year after winning the Big West Conference, said it was a smooth transition when he took the reins before the start of the 2013-2014 season.

“I think when I first came here, it became the software or maybe the only software we’ve been using for about a year or two,” he said.

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Silver, a former Video Coordinator with Philadelphia 76ersOne of the things coaches love about technology, he added, is the massive amounts of player data in their system.

“I think a lot of that is that the player can see the data and that was a huge thing. And then it’s very easy to analyze what the opponent likes to do and then see how easy it is to call any video of any game for about 10 years now in about the first division and that kind Of ease of use and immediate recall is very important,” he said.

“What we’re seeing sort of evolve from is that we now have our computer vision robotic video system across 175 D1 arenas that allows teams to do that not just in the post and pre-game but in the games. We’re actually making data live with the spread of video on the bench and approval More conferences. This is kind of the next step we’ve been taking for the past three years.”

Stanford protector Haley Jones, right, wears a Final Four ball cap as she hugs forward Francesca Belibi, left, after a college basketball game against Texas in the NCAA Elite 8 round, Sunday, March 27, 2022, in Spokane, Washington as Stanford wins 59-50.

Stanford protector Haley Jones, right, wears a Final Four ball cap as she hugs forward Francesca Belibi, left, after a college basketball game against Texas in the NCAA Elite 8 round, Sunday, March 27, 2022, in Spokane, Washington as Stanford wins 59-50.
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Every NCAA Division 1 men’s and women’s basketball program has partnered with Synergy for access to in-depth data.

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Silver noted how useful the information can be in certain situations such as a tournament where there are only a few days between rounds for teams that are moving.

They use it every round. It’s very valuable in those fast-spinning situations and around (rounds) 64, 32 and even Sweet 16 and Elite Eight. You have these within the 48 hours between win periods and when it’s your next game. Having all the data easily really saves A workflow that allows you to create the game plan you need. Otherwise, you’ll try to find a video and figure out who you need to protect. We take a lot of the initial work off the shoulders of the coaching staff where they can focus on planning the game versus trying to collect and gather video and data.”

The women’s quartet final is scheduled to begin Friday night. Louisville is set to take over South Carolina And Connecticut set to play stanford. The national championship will be held on Sunday.

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The men’s quartet final begins on Saturday. Villanova will play kansas And North Carolina will play duke. The national championship will be held on Monday.