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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Louisville Must Overcome Breitbart Sports' Controversial All-American Pick

When Breitbart Sports was the first major outlet to announce the All-American team, the most controversial pick was Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein as the 3rd team All-American Center. This weekend, Cauley-Stein plays as a main reason why the Wildcats compete in the Sweet Sixteen--and stand a chance to upset Louisville. Mar 27, 2014 5:33 AM PT

One Shining Moment: March Madness America's Biggest Block Party

The biggest, longest block party in the country kicks off Thursday and includes 10 days of community gatherings at arenas, sports bars and offices over the next three weeks. The Super Bowl and March Madness are the only two American sports events that bring in over $1 billion. Mar 19, 2014 2:38 PM PT

How to Fill Out Brackets and Win Your Office Pool

Most of you could care less about college basketball until a bracket is stuck on your desk each March. How do you fill it out? I've developed a database of all college players at that received great reviews from ESPN and Sports Illustrated and projected future All-Americans, and I've met with NBA teams to help guide their draft picks. And picking a good bracket is harder than both of those things - so keep it simple while you fill yours out. Mar 18, 2014 5:28 PM PT

Bracketology: Top Injuries to Watch

You can pull up the values of 668 players on the 68 tournament teams, but you need to know the 17 who are injured or have left the team before you make your bracket selections. The team most hurt is BYU, which just lost Kyle Collinsworth (in the top 10% of all players), while the tournament hopes of Michigan State, Kansas and Syracuse could respectively rest on if the top three injured players - Gary Harris, Joel Embiid and Trevor Cooney, - return. Mar 18, 2014 5:18 PM PT

Breaking the Basketball Bracket: A Guide to the South Region, II

The NCAA's South region offers several potential upsets. But because of a key injury, fans need may not know until tip-off--long after the brackets have been filled out--who to pick. John Pudner analyzes the South bracket based on Value Add statistics. Mar 18, 2014 12:17 PM PT

Breaking the Basketball Bracket: A Guide to the South Region

The top half of the NCAA tournament's South bracket seems ripe for a few upsets that should give hope to underdogs and help in office pools. Read college basketball expert John Pudner's analysis exclusively at Breitbart Sports. Mar 18, 2014 12:09 PM PT

Beating the Bracket: A Guide to the Midwest Region

What teams are underseeded? Overseeded? Gleaning the answers can be the difference between being an office also-ran and the winner of your annual NCAA tournament pool. In the first of two looks at the Midwest Region, college basketball expert John Pudner offers many potential surprises, particularly as the tournament pairs down weaker squads. Mar 18, 2014 5:46 AM PT

Bracketology 101: Breaking Down the East Bracket, Part II

Who shocks the NCAA tournament? Who plays just as we thought they would? John Pudner employs Value Add statistical analysis to give you a bead on the brackets. Anyone entering an office pool may want to read this series with care. Mar 17, 2014 10:33 AM PT

2014 NCAA Tournament Bracketology: Analyzing West Region (Part I)

Marcus Smart is the top-rated Value Add player in the West region and Smart gives Arizona fits. If Arizona beats Oklahoma State, San Diego State could give them trouble, according to Value Add projections. Here is an analysis of the West region. Mar 17, 2014 8:55 AM PT

Bracketology 101: Anticipating the Upsets in the East Bracket

College basketball stats guru John Pudner analyzes the NCAA tournament bracket and finds several potential upsets in the bottom half of the East Region. Who's going home early and unexpectedly? Get a bead on bracketology by reading Pudner's expert analysis only at Breitbart Sports. Mar 17, 2014 7:09 AM PT

2014 NCAA Tournament Bracketology: Analyzing West Region (Part II)

The following are the Value Add Rankings for each player in the bottom half of the West Region, their team’s seed, height, year in school and which players are NBA prospects (all caps) as well as which of the other players are guards (small “g”). The teams are American (15-seed), Baylor (6), BYU (10), Creighton (3), Lafayette (14), Nebraska (11), Oregon (7) and Wisconsin (2). Most likely upsets: Mar 16, 2014 10:28 PM PT

Selection Sunday: Top 68 Value Add Players

The following are the 68 best players in the country as of Selection Sunday, the day that the top 68 teams are announced. Doug McDermott is by far the best offensive player in the country at, with his 8.77 calculation indicating that he adds almost nine points a game to what Creighton would score with a good bench player in his place. Shabazz Napier (UConn) and Delon Wright (Utah) are worth just over half of McDermott's offense, but they both take multiple points off the board for oppponents to be the top two overall players. Mar 16, 2014 12:46 PM PT

Utah, Dayton, Nebraska, Georgetown Move Toward Bids

Value Add's top all-around player Delon Wright led Utah to the biggest win of the night at then #43 Cal. Utah, Nebraska, Georgetown and Dayton moved up the fasted in the Middle 50 the last two nights, all putting themselves right on the bubble for possible NCAA bids. The updated Middle 50 of teams that currently deserve an NCAA at-large bid (26th through 50th) or NIT bid (51st through 75th) are listed below with noted results from Tuesday or Wednesday. Mar 6, 2014 5:01 AM PT


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