Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Rasitha Jayasekare


Butler University’s basketball team has been in the Big East Conference since 2013 and is known for having a distinct home court advantage named ‘Hinkle Magic’ by fans. It is of interest to identify how home court advantage affects a Big East team’s ability to play to its full potential for generating wins and what factors are most accurate in measuring this potential. This project will utilize the Stochastic Frontier Approach (SFA) model to identify a team’s efficiency when playing at home vs. away in order to identify when teams meet their potential and if game location has an effect on this result. The model will compute each team’s maximum attainable wins given the strength of their program and compare this threshold to the team’s actual success during the season. Panel data from the Big East 2013-2014 to 2019-2020 seasons will be used in modeling SFA. Measures such as Likelihood ratio test and pseudo R-squared will be used for model evaluation.

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