Live NCAA Basketball Win Probability

Live win probability for the NCAA basketball championship games is available now at (Final games are here. Games from the previous day are here.)

This is something I put together a couple years ago, and I've dusted it off for the tournament. The model's approach is very similar to my football model. Basketball is a much simpler sport, though. There's no field position, down, or distance in basketball. Aside from possession, score and time remaining are really the only significant statistical factors.

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5 Responses to “Live NCAA Basketball Win Probability”

  1. Matt says:

    It seems to fluctuate way more than football, I am assuming its built the same way as football, actual historical percentages?

  2. Brian Burke says:

    Yes. I have a post somewhere about how they were built, but can't seem to find it. The only real thin spot in the model is in the endgame--the last 60 seconds or so. The play-by-play doesn't have data on who has possession or whether teams are in the bonus, etc.

  3. Matt says:

    The last two minutes on the graphs could be someones heartbeat at these games, got to love March Madness!!

  4. MattyP says:

    Thinking out loud here - I'm wondering if there's possibly for a momentum effect in college BB?

    In addition to the to the possession, score and time remaining, could the score from 1 minute prior also be statistically significant?

  5. Les says:

    For another look at college basketball win probability see


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