Monthly Archives: January 2005

The stats page has been updated through Wednesday’s action. The bonus stat is Shot Attempt Difference. It represents the number of additional shots a team gets per 100 possessions as compared to its opponent. It’s essentially a measure of how much of an advantage a team has in the turnover and rebounding departments. A shot […]

Possession Stats 101

If you ever hear the level of success of a team’s offense or defense described in terms of points scored or allowed per game, you should ignore it. Among stats published by the NCAA, field goal percentage is much more valuable. But among stats not endorsed by the NCAA, points per possession is better still. […]

Today, I bring you an exciting presentation about rules. (For those of you looking for hype on the Illinois/Wisconsin game, you should know the drill by now. Big Ten Wonk will not only have coverage, but coverage of the coverage, along with a steady diet of acronyms, all wrapped in a college-level vocabulary.) The data […]

Bracket Bustin’

A week from now, we will know the matchups in the third annual Bracket Buster, where mid-majors pool their collective RPI chips to bargain for an extra bid or two into the big dance. The Bracket Buster takes place on Saturday, February 19th, with ESPN2 televising the best games in a marathon. Starting times are […]

Turnover Percentage

As many of you noticed, there was a problem with the games database for most of the day yesterday. While I’d prefer the data I provide be absolutely correct, the snafu did allow me to realize the interesting cross section of people that check the site. I got e-mails from many fans, nearly-famous people, and […]

Cleaning out the inbox this morning… Ken, I’m wondering if you’ve ever calculated these kinds of numbers for Grinnell College. They lead all NCAA hoops squads in scoring and must top all divisions in possessions.  Any numbers on them? Gabe Let’s look at the two most notable college teams playing non-basketball. Grinnell: 102.4 poss/40 min, […]

Move the Line Back

Wake Forest missed but one free throw in 53 attempts over the past two games against North Carolina and Florida State. Yet that miss cost them a win. Taron Downey clanked one with 4 seconds left in regulation that would have broken a 76-76 tie against FSU. The miss ended an NCAA record streak of […]

Channel 56

Back in the day, when ESPN was still showing Australian Rules Football on a regular basis and college basketball was not available every night, there was an over-the-air channel that was basically what the Full Court package is now. You could see quite a few games from all the big conferences. You know, the Southwest […]

13-0 Boston College tried to maintain its unbeaten record and 11-2 West Virginia was hoping to make people forget that they had just lost to Marshall. Through the miracle of streaming video, I was able to file this report as if I were attending the game, or even merely watching it on TV. Here are […]

Three Point Production

Today’s stat is "three point production." It is… (Three pointers made x 3) / Total Points Scored View the season-to-date figures for this stat for every D1 team on the stats page. Three point production is just the percentage of points scored on threes. A team’s offense that relies too much on the three tends […]