by Ken Pomeroy on Thursday, January 19, 2006
I know I promised some more explanation on individual stats, but I haven’t had the time to get to it. I’ll give it a shot next week when I should have some individual leaderboards for your examination. I’m not expecting to be able to do any updates to the site (ratings/RPI/stats) until Sunday.Line o’ the Night
FG 3pt FT Reb Min M-A M-A M-A O-T A F S TO BLK Pts Greg Brunner 50 6-17 0-4 5-9 7-23 2 2 1 5 1 17 Result: Win. Iowa 76, Minnesota 72 (3OT).
Not a scintillating offensive performance, but according to Kyle’s database, it’s the second best rebounding total of the season. Even if it did take him 50 minutes to get it.
by Ken Pomeroy on Wednesday, January 18, 2006
FG 3pt FT Reb Min M-A M-A M-A O-T A F S TO BLK Pts Ledell Eackles 31 4-13 0-5 3-5 1-1 11 1 3 1 0 11 Result: Loss. Florida Atlantic 97, Campbell 88.
Not the most sensational line, but this guy brought back memories of when his dad played on some woeful Bullets teams in the early ‘90s with such notables as Haywoode Workman and John ‘Hot Plate’ Williams.
by Ken Pomeroy on Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Offensive rating is a measure of an individual player’s efficiency. In its simplest form, it’s points produced divided by possessions used. If you want to know more than that, you must read Dean Oliver’s Basketball on Paper. Otherwise you’ll have to take my word that the formula is about as good as it gets for assessing personal efficiency based on the stats that are recorded.
Values of ORtg fall in the same range as team efficiencies - 100 is about average, higher values are better. Considering that individual stats are often dependent on team interactions, to say that Player A is better than Player B because he has a better offensive rating is a serious misuse of this metric.
A very important aspect of offensive rating is that it must be used in conjunction with the possession usage (%Poss) column to have any value. The average player will use…
by Ken Pomeroy on Monday, January 16, 2006
A couple of odds and ends to start off the week.
If you haven’t seen the new blog from Ryan, of Hawkeye Hoops fame, you should check it out. For those of you that have lamented the lack of material over here this season, maybe Ryan can fill the void for you. He already has two excellent posts up. The latest one deals with the legacy of Dick Bennett.
Each season, I end up gravitating towards two or three teams this time of year - usually the ones that seem to be on the verge of getting showered with attention. Washington State is one of those teams this season. Sure, they could have made life easier on themselves by winning one game on their LA road trip last week. But with Arizona getting swept by the third and fourth best teams in Oregon, and UCLA with some serious injury…
by Ken Pomeroy on Friday, January 13, 2006
When you click on a team link from the efficiency/tempo page, you’ll now be taken to a “scouting report” for that team, with individual tempo-free data on all players that have played at least 10% of the team’s minutes. I’m still working on some of the functionality of it, but I figure you all can play around with it and discover the bugs better than I can. I’ve already noticed that Assist Rate does not display national ranks properly. Anyway, have at it.
Line o’ the Night
FG 3pt FT Reb Min M-A M-A M-A O-T A F S TO BLK Pts Shane James 37 6-12 1-2 4-4 3-8 8 1 4 2 0 17 Result: Win. Loyola (Maryland) 95, Canisius 80.
by Ken Pomeroy on Thursday, January 12, 2006
FG 3pt FT Reb Min M-A M-A M-A O-T A F S TO BLK Pts Colin Quinn 79 11-21 8-16 0-0 2-7 19 1 2 4 0 30 Result: Loss. Syracuse 88, Notre Dame 82.
Yeah, I know some guy had a triple-double last night, but I’ve talked about him enough already. And really, I just couldn’t pass up being a little clever this morning. This is the combined line of Colin Falls (18 points, 10 assists) and Chris Quinn (12 points, 9 assists). Seriously, having two teammates finish with at least 9 assists in a regular-paced game is probably about as rare as a triple-double. So I feel justified.
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.