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    Still Unbeaten

    by Ken Pomeroy on Friday, January 6, 2006


                               FG    3pt  FT   Reb
                          Min  M-A   M-A  M-A  O-T   A F S TO BLK Pts
    Dee Brown              39 12-22  7-13 3-3  0-1   3 2 2  3  0   34
    Result: Win. Illinois 60, Michigan St. 50.

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    Take My Power Ratings, Please

    by Ken Pomeroy on Thursday, January 5, 2006


    When I developed the efficiency page, the idea was that it would replace the power ratings. Last season, I didn’t really notice much difference in the accuracy of the efficiency versus the power ratings, but I wasn’t using the adjusted pythagorean scheme on the efficiency data, either.

    If you’ve been checking both pages over the past few weeks, you’ve probably noticed that the rankings on the efficiency page have made a lot more sense. With that in mind, I’d thought I’d jot down some unusual conference favorites that adjusted pythagorean had on Wednesday. Maybe it will provide a good laugh in March, or maybe it will give me the impetus to finally ditch the power ratings.

    A-10: Xavier (even before last night’s win at St. Joe’s).
    Big Ten: Illinois, with Indiana a close second.
    Big XII: Texas by a lot, but Colorado is a comfortable second.
    Big…

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    Big East Shocker

    by Ken Pomeroy on Wednesday, January 4, 2006


                               FG   3pt   FT   Reb
                          Min  M-A  M-A   M-A  O-T   A F S TO BLK Pts
    Steve Novak            37 12-20 6-13 11-11 5-16  2 1 2  4  0   41
    Result: Win. Marquette 94, Connecticut 79.   

       

    In early voting for Most Valuable Marcus Williams, Arizona’s freshman forward has the early lead over UConn’s junior point guard.


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    Basketball Lab

    by Ken Pomeroy on Tuesday, January 3, 2006


    I love the massive laboratory that college hoops provides. A couple of experiments to follow through the conference season are Iowa and Washington State. Both have a tremendous defense to go with an uninspiring offense.

    Based on the embarrassingly small data set of two seasons, both teams are overachieving defensively.  No team in ‘04 or ‘05 was able to maintain an adjusted defensive efficiency in the 70s which is the territory where the Cougars (79.0) and Hawkeyes (76.5) currently reside.

    Nonetheless, neither squad is a fluke. Washington State has the legacy of Dick Bennett behind them and is the defending defensive efficiency champ. Iowa has Greg Brunner and Erek Hansen effectively turning the paint into a “no scoring zone”. Both teams should finish in the top five defensively.

    There’s room in both the Pac 10 and Big 10 for Washington State and Iowa to snag enough wins to get an…

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    Yet Another Shelden Williams Post

    by Ken Pomeroy on Friday, December 30, 2005


    I know I can’t be the only one that’s noticed that the discussion regarding player of the year has ignored defense or any other aspect besides scoring. It’s like the award has been renamed scorer of the year. And even if it was, Randy Foye deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as JJ Redick and Adam Morrison. But I have had this nagging feeling that Redick is not even the best player on his team. After looking at some things, it does appear close. I’ll let you be the judge. First, the vitals on offense.

     O-Rtg %Poss MPG Redick 122.5 27.9 35.6 Williams 121.1 25.7 32.2

    They are essentially equal in efficiency, although Redick uses more possessions which makes his efficiency more impressive. While Redick scores more, Williams doesn’t miss many shots himself and makes up most of the scoring difference with his offensive rebounding.  I added…

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    Roy Hibbert isn’t Shelden Williams

    by Ken Pomeroy on Thursday, December 29, 2005


    I’m working on getting some pages up with the Dean Oliver-style individual stats. In the meantime, enjoy these recent Lines o’ the Night, won’t you?

    Last Friday

      FG 3pt FT Reb Min M-A M-A M-A O-T A F S TO BLK Pts Rodney Stuckey 34 9-15 1-2 5-6 3-3 7 2 7 0 1 24 Result: Win. Eastern Washington 76, Cal Poly 62.

    A busy night for one of the busiest men in the game this season.

    Tuesday

     FG 3pt FT Reb Min M-A M-A M-A O-T A F S TO BLK Pts Roy Hibbert 31 8-8 0-0 2-2 0-5 0 1 0 0 3 18 Result: Win. Georgetown 61, Colgate 45. 

    One of the things about this personal stats venture is that the true value for a guy like Hibbert is discovered. His per-game averages won’t get much attention because he plays 25 mpg for a tortoise-paced…

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    Happy Holiday of Your Choice

    by Ken Pomeroy on Friday, December 23, 2005


    My Christmas gift to you: A link on the stats page to a csv file containing the efficiency and tempo data for every team. Load it into Excel and go to town. It’s not Malibu Barbie, but maybe you can find a use for it. I’ll be back sometime next week.

    Line o’ the Night
                               FG    3pt  FT   Reb
                          Min  M-A   M-A  M-A  O-T   A F S TO BLK Pts
    Jerell Jamison          4  0-0   0-0  2-2  0-0   0 5 0  2  0    2
    Result: Win. Charlotte 85, Rutgers 82.

    Paging Nehemiah Ingram. On the season, Jamison is now averaging 10.5 fouls per 40 minutes. Ingram? Only 8.8.

    And if you enjoy a scoring controversy as much as I do, check out what happened in the Iowa State/Northwestern State game in the Rainbow Classic.

     


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    Airing of Grievances

    by Ken Pomeroy on Thursday, December 22, 2005


    Dear Ken,

    Love your blog.  But, why is Gonzaga overrated?  They’re doing quite well against a top-10 schedule while playing without key contributors.  They’ve beaten good teams in MSU and Maryland.  Their losses were entirely respectable. They lost to UConn by 1 after playing three overtimes the night before, and they lost to Washington by 4 after Derek Raivio got injured halfway through the first half (He played 11 minutes).

    If Knight, Heytvelt, and Raivio were all healthy for all of this season, Gonzaga might very well be undefeated and probably ranked #2 behind Duke.

    Memphis is a tough game because it’s at their place, and Gonzaga might lose. They might even lose by double digits.  But, let’s not forget how understaffed they are because of injuries right now. You are right to point out that Gonzaga plays porous defense.  Well, Knight and Heytvelt are two of the top 3…

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    In Your Face Dis-Graceland

    by Ken Pomeroy on Wednesday, December 21, 2005


      FG 3pt FT Reb Min M-A M-A M-A O-T A F S TO BLK Pts Rodney Carney 30 14-25 5-10 4-4 6-10 2 0 4 2 0 37 Result: Win. Memphis 76, Louisiana Tech 58.

    It’s occurred to me that I’ve been a little too focused on the overrated so far this season (Houston, hello!). So let’s promote a team that deserves a little more attention.

    It’s no fun to be the last person on your block to know something. By this time next week, everyone, including your grandma, will be talking about how great Memphis is. They’ll be coming off a win over my favorite overrated team, Gonzaga. So talk the Tigers up before the weekend. Seriously, if Gonzaga pulls off a win in next Tuesday’s game, it will be the most impressive thing they’ve done since, well, maybe in the whole Mark Few era.…

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    Juanderful

    by Ken Pomeroy on Tuesday, December 20, 2005


                               FG    3pt  FT   Reb
                          Min  M-A   M-A  M-A  O-T   A F S TO BLK Pts
    Kevin Hamilton         39 13-20  7-10 5-6  2-7   2 3 1  6  0   38
    Result: Win. Holy Cross 82, Chattanooga 65.

    I was won over by the fact that two separate Holy Cross fans e-mailed me about Hamilton’s San Juan Shootout performance. This should not be an indication I am a total pushover. But really, it was the first time two people voted for the same person in a seemingly unorganized effort. And if I find out it was organized, then I’ll have to strip Hamilton of the honors and give it to David Moss (24 pts, 6 assists) of improbably unbeaten Indiana State.


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