Gregory Budzban, chair of the mathematics department, looks over his graph of possible basketball player positions Tuesday in the Neckers
Building. There are five common player positions in the game of basketball. A recent study looking at the NBA done by Muthu Alagappan,
a graduate student at Stanford University, showed the possibility of 13 positions based on common attributes and playing styles. The study
inspired Budzban to create a similar project using the Missouri Valley Conference. “I was looking for a project to show the connection between
math and the real world,” Budzban said. Budzban started the project to give students a chance to apply their mathematical skills to a real world
situation.
Ian Mullen • Daily Egyptian

Professor: Can ‘Moneyball’ help Saluki basketball?

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Staff council election results in

The Administrative Professional Staff Council will have some new faces in leadership for the next three years. The council met Wednesday in Anthony Hall to announce results of the general election: current councilwoman Kathy Jones, and new members Shane ... Continue Reading →
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Council considering election process change

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Golfer gets late start to semester

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Administrators address council’s enrollment concerns

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