by Ken Pomeroy on Wednesday, January 11, 2006
FG 3pt FT Reb Min M-A M-A M-A O-T A F S TO BLK Pts Tyler Hansbrough 34 6-8 0-0 8-9 5-9 2 3 1 4 0 20 Result: Win. North Carolina 64, Virginia Tech 61.
The ACC isn’t going to get much consideration for being the best conference because the top of the conference isn’t as strong as the Big Ten or Big East. But the bottom half of the ACC is stronger than the comparable group in any other conference.
by Ken Pomeroy on Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Polls are silly and there’s nothing more silly than Louisville being ranked #10 in the latest AP poll. Presumably, writers were impressed with that five point win at Providence on Saturday, because that is the best thing the Cards have done so far.
With that in mind, I offer a few suggestions for teams that writers can use to replace Louisville with in next Monday’s poll.
Arizona - If Washington is #13 (which is where they are in the latest AP poll), then Arizona sounds right at #10. Currently, the Wildcats are #24 which means a few folks have given Louisville a lofty ranking while leaving a solid Arizona club out entirely.
The rest of these teams are unranked:
Xavier - Granted, their schedule strength is not stellar. But the Muskies have looked better in their two losses (by a total of five points against Illinois in Chicago and…
by Ken Pomeroy on Monday, January 9, 2006
This morning, hoops nation is faced with that fact that Duke is the undisputed best team in the nation. It may not be true in a couple of months, but you’d be foolish to argue against it now.
FG 3pt FT Reb Min M-A M-A M-A O-T A F S TO BLK Pts Simon Conn 40 11-12 0-0 2-2 5-13 1 2 0 2 5 24 Result: Loss. Kennesaw St. 74, Gardner Webb 68.
FG 3pt FT Reb Min M-A M-A M-A O-T A F S TO BLK Pts Eric Hicks 38 9-13 1-2 3-5 7-12 2 0 1 0 10 22 Result: Win. Cincinnati 70, Marquette 66.
The first repeat winner, I think. This game gives Hicks a better offensive rebounding percentage than defensive rebounding percentage for the season.
FG 3pt FT Reb Min M-A M-A M-A O-T A F S TO BLK Pts Andre…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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 FridayFG 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.
TuesdayFG 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…
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 NightFG 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.