Transitive Property (Inequality) of basketball ...

ComptrBob

EOG Dedicated
does not apply to a lot of situations.

Example Washington beats South Dakota State 87-76 last night, two nights ago, South Dakota State beats Nevada 102-75. Tonight Nevada is a 4 point favorite over Washington.
 

railbird

EOG Master
especially with non conf preseason tournaments with funky start times and multiple games in 3 or 4 day stretch
 

railbird

EOG Master
does not apply to a lot of situations.

Example Washington beats South Dakota State 87-76 last night, two nights ago, South Dakota State beats Nevada 102-75. Tonight Nevada is a 4 point favorite over Washington.
works best in week 1
 

Valuist

EOG Master
Let's apply the transitive property to the NFL. Do you think the AFC North is a solid division? Do you think the Detroit Lions are terrible and the Chicago Bears are bad?

Baltimore: beat Detroit 19-17 on last second 66 yard FG; beat Chicago 16-13 on a TD in final minute
Pittsburgh: tied Detroit 16-16 and beat Chicago 29-27 on last minute TD
Cleveland: narrowly beat Detroit 13-10
Cincinnati: lost outright to Chicago

One can make a strong cast that the AFC North really isn't any good.
 
Football is the worst sport to try to "figure things out" from watching games or looking at a few results. Its what makes bookmakers win every year. Average Joe thinks he has it figured out because he watched a team play a game or two. The teams are fairly close in talent and teams have good and bad weeks all the time. Plus more importantly turnovers and timely big plays decide everything, but good luck predicting how those will go in a future game. Why I have always had a good chuckle at people trying to think you can do transitive property analysis or use common opponents as a way to rate football teams.
 
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