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The ‘hot hand’ is a real basketball phenomenon – but only some players have the ability to go on these basket-making streaks

Konstantinos Pelechrinis, Associate Professor of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh; Wayne Winston, Professor of Decision and Information Systems, Indiana University March Madness is here, and basketball fans are making predictions: Who will be the Cinderella story of the college tournament? Which teams will make a run to the Final Four? And of course, which player is going to get “hot” and carry their team to a championship? To say a player is “hot” or has “hot hands” means the player is on a streak of making many consecutive shots. A question that has dogged researchers, coaches and fans for years

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