Hinsdale Central graduate Kevin Pauga building name in sports analytics – Chicago Tribune

Shortly before a college basketball game last month, Kevin Pauga stood in the tunnel near the basketball court and flipped open his laptop to reveal what he calls the “master plan.”

Pauga, a Hinsdale Central graduate and Michigan State assistant athletic director, is known for this massive and complex 60-megabyte Excel spreadsheet.

“That’s her,” he said as the file opened on his screen.

In an era of increasing reliance on analytics in sports, Pauga has become a reputable source for college basketball metrics with his findings published on his website, kpisports.net named for Kevin Pauga Index. Because of his budding reputation, his name is being mentioned in the same breath with experts like Ken Pomeroy and Jeff Sagarin.