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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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

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


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