Monthly Archives: December 2004

Combined Efficiency

received some good e-mails in response to the stats page. Most of the votes for an additional statistic were in favor of something I’ll call "combined efficiency." It’s simple: Combined Efficiency = Offensive Efficiency – Defensive Efficiency It’s just the amount of points a team would gain or lose in 100 possessions with an average […]

West Virginia knocked off George Washington last night in an Atlantic-10 throwback game to remain in the unbeaten club, whose numbers dropped to ten with Hawaii’s heartbreaking loss at Fresno State. The 9-0 start is the best for the Mountaineers since the Jerry West era. While the game at WVU Coliseum was sold out, one […]

Gonzaga and Oklahoma State square off in the second game of the "All College Classic." 1st half 14:41 – Gonzaga 17, OSU 10. Gonzaga has scored on every possession so far and is on pace to score about 130 points. So much for my theory that they couldn’t win the game by scoring at will […]

Flex-ibility

I’d like to start today by giving credit to the Longwood Lancers. Coach Mike Gillian (friend of this blog) certainly got some mileage out of the game against the nation’s #1 with a pregame feature on espn.com and an appearance on Cold Pizza. Then the 1-12 Lancers did something that neither Wake Forest nor Gonzaga […]

National Efficiency

[Be advised, I wrote this a long time ago. -kp] Here’s a page where I have computed efficiency stats for the 330 D1 teams. http://www.kenpom.com/stats.php http://kenpom.com/summary.php It’s kind of bulky and awkward, but I think it does give some unique insight into a few teams out there. The columns are sortable nationally. You can sort […]

This will probably be my last post before Christmas. Like many Americans, I find it hard to get motivated on the last day before break. Many other teams find themselves in that predicament tonight, when they will be playing their last game before a holiday vacation. Hopefully, Illinois will be one of those teams tonight […]

An Oral Exam

An unlikely matchup between two unbeatens will take place at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu on Wednesday night, involving 8-0 Oral Roberts and 6-0 Hawaii. They each have played one common opponent – St. Louis. In a striking coincidence, both teams played the Billikens on the road, and both won by a single point. […]

An RPI with Road-Rage

Some of you may have seen the announcement in your local paper on Saturday. The RPI has been improved, now with 150% of your daily recommended road-game value! The Division I men’s basketball committee has altered the Ratings Percentage Index, used to evaluate teams for selection to the NCAA Tournament, to give more weight to […]

No Oh-fense to USC Fans

Majerus is back, baby! Back at ESPN that is. Right where he belongs.

Box Score Bloopers

Kudos are in order to Big Ten Wonk and Hawkeye Hoops, who have both hinted at the potential of Ohio State, using statistical measurements of their play early this season. Last night the Buckeyes produced on the national stage, with a 77-71 win against Texas Tech in Dallas. You shouldn’t draw too many conclusions from […]