The Mountain West will have access to real-time analytics during conference games for the upcoming season after the NCAA approved a waiver that allows the conference to use the technology.
The Mountain West will be the first conference in college basketball to use real-time analytics during men’s and women’s games.
NCAA rules currently prohibit the use of electronic transmission of information.
The Mountain West announced a partnership with ShotTracker — a basketball analytics provider — in May. The two had previously worked together during select conference games in the 2018-19 season and the 2019 Mountain West Men’s Basketball Tournament.
“When we partnered with ShotTracker in May, the Mountain West identified an opportunity to lead the college basketball community into the analytics era in earnest,” Mountain West senior associate commissioner Dan Butterly said in a statement. “We’re thrilled that the NCAA shares in our vision and is allowing Mountain West men’s and women’s basketball to lead testing in what we believe will ultimately help increase team performance on the court.”
The technology had also been used during the 2018 Hall of Fame classic.
“This approval marks the beginning of an era, one in which the highest level of college basketball ushers in analytics that will provide an advanced understanding of player performance, help coaches make more detailed in-game adjustments and put a better overall product out on the basketball court,” ShotTracker co-founder and President Davyeon Ross said. “I cannot thank the Mountain West enough for its continued support and willingness to join in our desire to innovate the ways in which the game of basketball is analyzed.”