John Pudner

John Pudner

John Pudner wrote his first statistical analysis for the New York Post more than 20 years ago, ranking pitchers on opposite Sundays from when Bill James ranked batters, and he was named as the top sports news writer in his newspaper class in Virginia by the Virginia Press Association. 

Since then he has run more than 200 political campaigns for candidates or ballot issues while continuing to write statistical analysis for sports and developing a database of thousands of basketball players at and writing for He met with and advised several NBA teams to advice on the future performance of potential draft picks this year. His work for the Alabama Farmers Federation in 2010 included helping to coordinating door-to-door efforts that reached the homes of 170,000 voters, and his more recent statistical work was featured by CNN/Sports Illustrated.

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Numbers Behind the NHL Playoff Match-ups

Anaheim has a 75% chance of winning each home against Dallas while Detroit has only a 38% chance at home vs. Boston during the playoffs. Detroit is the only playoff team to allow more goals than they scored (2.7-2.8 average score), while the Penguins Sidney Crosby leads the league with 104 points and Josh Harding is tops with 1.7 goals allowed though not playing for the Wild for months. These key facts for all 16 playoff teams are listed on the table below. Apr 18, 2014 8:00 AM PT

Live from Pittsburgh, It's the NHL Playoffs!

The toughest NHL ticket in the USA is the Console Energy Center, as the Penguins have sold out every regular season and playoff game since February 2007. But Wednesday their fans, and Breitbart Sports correspondent John Pudner, were the first to see playoff action. The NHL postseason opens in eight cities this week. Apr 17, 2014 11:37 AM PT

NCAA Basketball Championship Preview: Analysis Points to Wildcat Win

A new study projects Kentucky as the likely winner of tonight's national championship. One of the reasons for the projection has to do with freshmen. They tend to improve more than upperclassmen. Kentucky, if you haven't noticed, has a roster overflowing with first-year collegiate players. Apr 7, 2014 9:07 AM PT

Exclusive: UConn's Shabazz Napier Joins Ex-Teammate Kemba Walker in Top 100

The day before the National Championship, Breitbart Sports reveals that UConn's Kemba Walker (left) and Shabazz Napier (right) have produced the 15th and 16th best Value Add seasons. The data goes back more than a decade, and highlights some of the best college basketball seasons of the new millennium. Apr 6, 2014 9:29 AM PT

Murray State Wins CIT, Justin Sears Injury Likely Cost Yale Title

I get more questions about the Value Add basketball rankings from the Ivy League than from any where else in the country--and now they have reason to review because Value Add calculates that an Ivy League School would have claimed the CIT tournament Thursday except for a key last minute injury. Apr 4, 2014 6:38 AM PT

Value Add: Wright, McDermott Hold Onto Top Spots

It appears Utah's Delon Wright will hold onto the top Value Add ranking in the updated Top 100 below despite Shabazz Napier's incredible tournament run, and Doug McDermott will be the most valuable offensive player by the second largest margin of any year. Apr 3, 2014 1:45 PM PT

Value Add: Napier, Kaminsky Top 96 Players Still Alive

LEXINGTON, KY - The updated Value Add rankings for all 96 players still in action are listed below--highlighted by UConn's Shabazz Napier (#2) and Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky (#12). On Thursday at 7 p.m. Markus Kennedy (SMU, #71) will face off with Austin Hollins (Minnesota, #132) for the NIT championship while Justin Sears (Yale, #120) and Jarvis Williams (Murray St., #168) face off for the CIT title. Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. Tyler Johnson (Fresno St., #81) goes up against a surprise opponent in Brett Bisping (Siena, #245) for the CBI title. Apr 3, 2014 5:32 AM PT

UConn Upsets Michigan State, Returns to Final Four

Shabazz Napier dominated in the obscurity of UConn's probation last season, and most were stunned when Breitbart Sports named him the 2nd team All-American point guard in 2013. Sunday he left no doubt with a dominant 25-point performance to make UConn the first seven seed in more than two decades to go to the Final Four. Mar 30, 2014 2:38 PM PT

McConnell Foils San Diego State Upset Bid, Sends Arizona to Elite Eight

Xavier Thames left no doubt why he was the best Value Add player on the court, torching Arizona's great defense for 25 points. Unfortunately for the Aztecs, Arizona had the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th best Value Add players on the court, and that was enough to rally to a 70-64 win for the Wildcats. Two years ago Value Add projections indicated the transfer of TJ McConnell to Arizona would make them a Final Four team this year - and it was his sliding steal in the final five minutes that turned a game that had been dominated by the Aztecs. Mar 27, 2014 10:21 PM PT

Wisconsin Beats Baylor; Breitbart All-American Kaminsky Dominates

Frank Kaminsky, the Breitbart Sports 1st Team All-American, showed once again why he is by far the best center in college basketball. Baylor was within 5 with 10:22 to play when Kaminsky blocked his first of three shots within 90 seconds and the Bears offense never recovered. Mar 27, 2014 7:48 PM PT

Value Add Elite 8 Alive Except for Syracuse

If Syracuse had not missed their final shot against Dayton, all eight of our projected Elite 8 teams would still be alive including our surprise picks of 11-seed Tennessee and 7-seed Connecticut. Perhaps even more impressive, three of the 2014 Final Four we projected TWO YEARS AGO on May 12, 2012 are still alive. Mar 27, 2014 6:24 AM PT

Sweet 16: Breaking Down 29 Hours of Basketball in 1 Article

Two years ago a system built on Value Add projected the 2014 Final Four. Three of Value Add's 2012 projected 2014 Final Four remain. Seven of the teams projected to go to the Elite 8 just before the tournament remain. The following is the breakdown of all Sweet 16 games Thursday and Friday. Mar 27, 2014 6:00 AM PT


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