Fittingly hours before Jalen Suggs won one of the greatest college games in history, www.pudnersports.com topped 300,000 visits. This would calculate in the millions if using the same analytics used by non-blogger sites (see explanation). On this site,
78% of visitors go directly to www.pudnersports.com where they can scroll through the last several stories.
12% click directly on the instructions and playing cards for the Value Add Basketball Game.
10% click directly on some other link.
This was accomplished despite the fact that we have not spent a dime to boost or advertise the site this year since someone set up a scam on my Facebook boost at Value Add Sports last year.
Also yesterday, thousands opened an email we send to sports contacts including primarily sports writers, but also athletic departments and then several hundred contacts I've added.
Thanks all for visiting the site, and the email sent yesterday featured a photo of Gonzaga's Jalen Suggs hours before he banked in the historic game-winner. Here is the preview pictured below, followed by the email:
From: John Pudner, Value Add Basketball
Date: Sat, Apr 3, 2021, 4:21 PM
Subject: Final 4 Tip-off in Hour on CBS - Analytical Preview of the Teams, Players, NBA Prospects
To: John R Pudner Pudner <email@example.com>
Click on the photo below for this preview of the Final 4, which tips off on your local CBS station in an hour. Two of our most accurate Value Add Basketball brackets picked Gonzaga to defeat Houston in Monday's championship after both win tonight. However, our other top bracket, which emphasizes senior guards, picked Baylor to upset Gonzaga in the title game after both win tonight.
While most hope and expect a great showdown between Houston and Baylor in the first game, Gonzaga is not only a 14-point favorite against UCLA in the nightcap, but has the top two NBA prospects playing tonight (see photo below) and ranks at www.kenpom.com as the greatest team of the Century as they try to have the first perfect season since Bobby Knight's 1976 Indiana Hoosiers. While we noted before the tournament Gonzaga ranked 10 points better than any other team in Value Add, and we expect them to win, those who pull for underdogs can take a ray of hope from the following; everyone has been underestimating the the Pac-12 in both the men's and women's tournament. Last night's women's semifinals resulted in an all-Pac 12 women's title game when Arizona stunned the UConn women, who like Gonzaga today were also 14-point favorites. Also, the 2nd best team this Century based on www.kenpom.com is the 2015 Kentucky team, which was undefeated until the national semifinal, when they were upset by Wisconsin. If UCLA repeats that feat, then they would give the Pac-12 the all-time record with 14 wins in one men's tournament.
Click on the photo below for our preview and turn on CBS in the next hour, and we include 247 player links for all players expected to play at least 10 minutes in either game tonight, as well as the top two players in the country not playing tonight, and