ATU Students Compete Nationally in Sports Analytics

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Arkansas Tech University was represented at the 2024 National Collegiate Sports Analytics Championship by (from left-to-right) Dr. Matt Brown, Jordon Thomson, Ally Hays, Ellena Tyree and Hunter Preis.

Arkansas Tech University business data analytics students Ally Hays of Ballwin, Mo., Hunter Preis of Mountain Home, Jordon Thomson of Dallas, Texas, and Ellena Tyree of Augusta competed in the 2024 National Collegiate Sports Analytics Championship Feb. 21-22 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Preis was one of 10 undergraduate students to reach the semifinal round. Arkansas Tech was one of six schools to have multiple students (Preis and Thomson) reach the second round of the competition in the undergraduate division.

“In the contest, students were given a set of data they had not seen before with four hours to analyze the data and create a presentation with the actionable insights and discoveries from the data,” said Dr. Matt Brown, ATU professor of business data analytics. “Judges were from the industry and organizations affiliated with professional sports and included analysts and professionals from NBA and NFL organizations. This year’s competition data set consisted of sustainability data from sports venues.”

More than 60 students representing 19 universities, including Syracuse University, Oklahoma State University, Baylor University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Iowa, Indiana University, the University of Texas, the University of North Texas and the University of Florida, competed in the championship.

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