UPS Expands Its Team Performance Index Platform to NCAA® Basketball

Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:30pm EST

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New Data-Driven Index, Created with Sports Information Leader STATS,
Highlights Most Efficient Overall Teams in Men`s and Women`s College Basketball


ATLANTA--(Business Wire)--
UPS (NYSE:UPS), a global logistics leader, today announced it has joined with
STATS LLC, the world`s largest sports technology, data and content company, in
expanding its proprietary UPS Team Performance Index (TPI) efficiency
measurement platform to men`s and women`s college basketball. 

The UPS Team Performance Index for basketball is a data index that will
comprehensively measure offensive and defensive efficiency for all 345 NCAA
Division I men`s and 340 NCAA Division I women`s basketball teams. The Index
will be updated on an ongoing basis and available at
http://hosted.stats.com/cbk/tpi.asp for men`s basketball and
http://hosted.stats.com/wcbk/tpi.asp for women`s basketball with the leaders
being announced each week beginning today and continuing through conference
tournament play. In creating the UPS Team Performance Index, STATS reviewed 10
years of past men`s and women`s college basketball statistical data, finding a
strong correlation to overall performance in all aspects of the game and
winning. 

UPS is the Official Logistics Partner of the NCAA. 

The UPS Team Performance Index for college basketball will include six key
statistical components with a proven correlation to a team`s overall success.
These statistical components then are combined in a manner that rewards teams
for performing efficiently and effectively in all categories to create the
Index, ranking them from highest to lowest. 

"UPS is thrilled to extend our association with STATS to include the new Team
Performance Indexes for men`s and women`s college basketball," said Ron
Rogowski, UPS vice president, global sponsorships and events. "Logistics are not
only the foundation of our business, but they`re also the foundation for success
on the court or on any playing field, and we`re proud to have developed a system
that successfully quantifies which teams are best at the preparation, planning
and precision that lead to success." 

"STATS is excited to expand the UPS Team Performance Index into college
basketball," said John Sasman, vice president of commercial products at STATS.
"The application of the Index to basketball highlights the efficiency and
overall teamwork required to succeed in the sport. The Team Performance Index is
designed to identify well-balanced teams that do multiple things well, similar
to how UPS excels in logistics. The formula shows new insights and tells a
unique story about the teams and the college basketball season." 

The statistical components of the UPS Team Performance Index for basketball are
as follows:

* Offensive Measure - Effective Field Goal Percentage 
* Defensive Measure - Effective Field Goal Percentage Against 
* Rebounding - Rebounding percentage amongst all rebounds in a game (If there
are 100 rebounds in a game, and your team grabs 60, your rebounding percentage
is 60%.) 
* Ball Handling - Assists/game, steals/game, opponent assists/game, opponent
steals/game 
* Overall Miscues Measure - "Non-steal" turnovers/game, fouls/game, opponent
non-steal turnovers/game, opponent fouls per game 
* Success Measure - Winning Percentage

For each of the components, an Index value is created using a proprietary
algorithm, with 100 being average. For all categories, anything above 100 is
better than average and anything below 100 is below average. The maximum
component index is capped at 200 in any category. These components and team`s
win-loss performance then are combined to reward a team that excels in all
facets of the game. 

The Team Performance Index for basketball is a brand extension of the original
UPS Team Performance Index first launched in August 2012 for NCAA football. 

About NCAA

The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities
committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than
400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities.
Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in
Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.ncaa.org and www.ncaa.com for more
details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships
that help support programs for student-athletes. 

About UPS

UPS (NYSE:UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of
solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation
of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more
efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves
more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on
the Web at UPS.com and its corporate blog can be found at blog.ups.com. To get
UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS. 

About STATS LLC

STATS is the world's leading sports technology, data and content company. The
company passionately abides by a mission to revolutionize the way sports
contests are viewed, understood and enjoyed. STATS` calling card consists of
real-time scores, historical sports information, Associated Press editorial
content, a turnkey fantasy sports operation and SportVU technology. Today,
STATS` worldwide client network of media companies and professional sports
leagues and teams utilize a broad spectrum of dynamic in-game broadcast
presentations and virtual images, multimedia enhancements and game analysis and
tactical coaching tools. STATS is owned jointly by the Associated Press and News
Corporation with corporate offices across the globe. For a complete tour of
STATS` sports content and solutions, visit www.stats.com. 

NCAA is a trademark of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

UPS
Andy McGowan, 404-828-4663
amcgowan@ups.com
or
STATS LLC
Nick Stamm, 847-583-2110
stamm@stats.com



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