Ken Pomeroy is the creator of a popular college basketball website and statistical archive, kenpom.com. His website includes his College Basketball Ratings, tempo-free statistics for every NCAA men's Division I basketball team, with archives dating back to the 2002 season, as well as a blog about current college basketball. His work on tempo-based basketball statistics is compared by many to the work of Bill James in baseball. As of the spring of 2012, Pomeroy is also an instructor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Utah.
Pomeroy has written articles in The New York Times, ESPN.com, and Sports Illustrated. He was a co-author of The 2008-09 College Basketball Prospectus and has been an author for the past four years.
Pomeroy earned his undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech (where he resided at Vawter Hall in 1992-93), and received a graduate degree in atmospheric science from Wyoming. He currently resides in Salt Lake City, and after working as a meteorologist for the U.S. government, he quit that job to focus full-time on his website. He previously worked with the Houston Rockets, teaming up with noted advanced statistics user, general manager Daryl Morey.
Pomeroy's website has helped explain basketball on a possession by possession level. His peers have taken to calling him "Doctor Po-Po." As well as maintaining and calculating a variety of statistics on his website, including tempo-free statistics, Pomeroy also maintains data on non-numeric factors such as offensive and defensive style of play. One such measure that Pomeroy uses is called log5, a proprietary blend of data for projecting the likelihood of teams advancing in conference and national tournaments. The equations for Pomeroy's log5 projections were originally created by Bill James.
Throughout the season, Pomeroy continually updates his KenPom ratings for all 351 Division I men's basketball programs with metrics such as offensive and defensive efficiency, tempo, and pace. Although his site was more of a personal venture when it was founded, Pomeroy's research is used by numerous college basketball teams in an attempt to gain a competitive advantage.
The accuracy of Pomeroy's rankings in predicting game outcomes has been noted by popular newspapers and blogs such as FiveThirtyEight, Mediaite, and The Wall Street Journal.