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Didn't We See This Movie Before? (2017 NCAA Men's Final)

A little over a week ago, for the second straight year, Ohio State swept BYU for the NCAA men's championship. Whereas last year's result was somewhat of a surprise, this year's was less so, as the Buckeyes were the host team for the Final Four.

As the following chart shows, similarity between the last two years' title matches went beyond the identities of the teams involved and the score. In particular, Ohio State's hitting percentage, as a team, was extremely similar in the 2016 and 2017 finals. BYU's spike attempts totaled 71 last year and 70 this year; each of these substantially trailed OSU's respective number of attempts, suggesting Cougar problems with serve-receipt, passing, and staying in-system.

Statistic2017 (Box Score) 2016 (Box Score) ScoreOSU (25-19, 25-20, 25-22) OSU (32-30, 25-23, 25-17) OSU Hitting Pct..358 (42-13-81) .374 (51-17-91) Nicolas Szerszen .(OSU) H%.480 (16-4-25) .208 (10-5-24) BYU Hitting Pct..243 (33-16-70) .296 (34-13-71) Ben Patch (BYU) …