HOW TCU USES LIVE ANALYTICS
TO DRIVE COMPETITION IN PRACTICE
Like a fast-growing number of college basketball coaches, Texas Christian University’s Jamie Dixon uses analytics to inform his every strategic decision, from designing plays to setting lineups to choosing which drills to focus on in practice. “Coach is a huge analytics guy,” says TCU Director of Basketball Operations Thomas Montigel, “and he wants that information right away.”
TCU used to employ five student managers whose sole job was to manually tally stats at practices and games, then break it all down into analytics and type it all up into documents. It was a tedious and time-consuming process. Not even a team of five could keep up with the action on the court fast enough to provide all the stats that Coach Dixon wants.
Enter ShotTracker, the easy-to-use sensor-based tech that TCU installed in its practice gym last summer. Sensors in the rafters map the court in 3D while tracking the locations of multiple sensor-enabled balls and the small sensors each player wears on their sneakers. All that information results in 70+ real-time stats that instantly display on the app.
“We’re using ShotTracker to keep our players accountable, to establish a baseline for progress and to set attainable goals,” Montigel says. Here, the TCU DOBO offers an inside look at the positive impact of live analytics.
TCU Basketball in the era of B.S. (Before ShotTracker)
With access to live analytics, the players began competing with each like never before
Players who made excuses now face facts. Stats don’t lie — and neither do the sensors.
With ShotTracker, there’s no such thing as an off-season.
TCU isn’t the only Big 12 basketball team using ShotTracker. Conference powerhouse Kansas was also an early adopter. Oklahoma and Baylor are in on the action too. And just a couple weeks ago, Kansas State had ShotTracker installed in its practice gym. Team by team, the real-time stats revolution is gaining steam and transforming the way we play the game today. There are still some old heads out there who dismiss the importance of analytics, but they’re liable to get left behind. Considering the ease of use and widely affordable price point of new tech like ShotTracker, it seems pretty clear that the train has already left the station.