Ah, man! There isn’t a finals week/Christmas letdown?
Nuts. Gonna need a new cliché for this time of year.
Just last week I chalked up Kansas’ loss to Davidson as a familiar sight because “teams have long layoffs” from finals, holidays, etc. Others did the same when Pitt lost to Wagner, Louisville struggled against Western Kentucky and when Michigan did the same against Bradley.
It’s basically a time honored tradition. And then John Ezekowitz dumped on it.
His HSAC post on “exams and Christmas Letdown Myth” used his database of 35,000 college hoops betting lines and results from 1996-2011, set a timeframe to examine games and ripped off three grafs to make his conclusion that there is no Christmas letdown.
Here’s his summary:
Thanks a lot, John. Now I need a new cliché to trot out when I can’t explain some random loss around finals time.
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