by Ken Pomeroy on Tuesday, December 13, 2005
FG 3pt FT Reb Min M-A M-A M-A O-T A F S TO BLK Pts Alain LaRoche 30 8-13 0-0 5-6 7-14 3 4 2 1 1 21 Result: Win. North Florida 81, Savannah State 62.
It’s finals time at most schools, therefore the schedule is light this week. So expect a lot of ho-hum lines like this one, turned in against the worst team in D1 playing its second game in two days. Is it possible this season’s SSU squad is worse than last season’s?
by Ken Pomeroy on Monday, December 12, 2005
The weekend’s Ugliest Game Award goes to yesterday’s battle between Creighton and Nebraska. Both teams shot under 30% from the field. Normally, you’d at least have the consolation of a close game in that circumstance, but Creighton won 70-44 in part due to 31 Nebraska turnovers, the most by a power conference team so far this season. Now for the better performances of the weekend…Friday
FG 3pt FT Reb Min M-A M-A M-A O-T A F S TO BLK Pts Todd Sowell 33 9-17 0-0 1-1 8-12 0 4 1 1 6 19 Result: Win. St. Peter's 69, Cansius 64.
Keydren Clark is the guy you’ve heard of from St. Peter’s. He’s averaging 22.4 points a game (he posted 42 against Niagara yesterday), but he’s doing so on a yucky 42% in the eFG department. Sowell probably deserves to get the ball a little more. The best way…
by Ken Pomeroy on Friday, December 9, 2005
Here’s a game-by-game summary of the most disappointing offense in the nation - the Stanford Cardinal (using raw efficiency):
Opponent Season DE (Rank) Stanford OE UC Irvine 94.8(135) 93.9 San Francisco 110.0(311) 92.1 Cal Poly 112.3(319) 105.9 Montana 96.7(164) 102.8 UC Davis 111.2(315) 92.5
Stanford has played three of the 25 worst defenses in the country in raw efficiency terms. And in all three cases, Stanford made those defenses look better - in two of the games, much better.
Part of the culprit is that the guards have shot poorly.
Effective field goal % 2005 2006 Grunfeld 55.0 41.2 Hernandez 53.0 44.7
I would expect Hernandez to come into form eventually. Grunfeld is coming off a serious knee injury and was one of the nation’s most improved players last season. He’s the one to worry about. Stanford needs both of these guys to be effective in order to…
by Ken Pomeroy on Thursday, December 8, 2005
Missouri State is really starting to worry me. Last night they went to 5-0 and although they haven’t played a killer schedule, laying a smack down on Oral Roberts in a hostile environment is something meaningful. The Bears had another fine offensive performance despite an off night from sharpshooter Blake Ahearn (0-for-6 on threes, 2 points, 3 turnovers). The next potential feat of strength occurs a week from Thursday when they travel to Arkansas. An MSU win there and the SEC West may be demoted to mid-major status for the remainder of the season.
In other news…
- The Bruce Pearl era at Tennessee has gone well early on. I’m speaking mainly from a style standpoint.
Adj. Tempo (Rank) 2006 2005 Tennessee 80.1 ( 6) 67.3 (233) UW Milwaukee 69.5 (203) 72.1 ( 49)
It’s not surprising the two transformations have taken place, with Pearl introducing the pressing…
by Ken Pomeroy on Wednesday, December 7, 2005
FG 3pt FT Reb Min M-A M-A M-A O-T A F S TO BLK Pts Joseph Jones 39 9-15 1-2 16-19 6-13 2 2 0 3 0 35 Result: Win. Texas A&M 72, North Texas 70.
While A&M’s pre-conference schedule is slightly more challenging than last season, it should be noted they don’t leave College Station until 2006. So even though the 5-0 Aggies are one of the 25 remaining unbeatens, we won’t know much about them for a while. One thing you should know is that center Joseph Jones will continue to get to the line in droves. This season he’s made 82% (31-38) of his free throws, a significant improvement over the 63% he shot from the line last season, helping to fill some of the scoring slack left by the early departure of Antoine Wright.
by Ken Pomeroy on Tuesday, December 6, 2005
So by now you should know that you can click on the stats link at the top of this page and get to the treasure trove of team-by-team pace-independent stats. I’m not going to give a remedial course on what these stats mean. You can click on the links in each page to get a guide on how to interpret the data you are viewing. If that doesn’t clear things up for you - and it may not as I am not exactly Johnny Wordsmith - the Big Ten Wonk created a library with information on such stats, both at the team and individual level, and how they can make your life simpler. Of course, you can always head over to Hawkeye Hoops to get another angle on the benefit of this stuff.
One thing I do want to point out is the somewhat quirky way I calculate…
by Ken Pomeroy on Monday, December 5, 2005
If you tune to the Turner family of networks in the next four weeks, you can’t help but see “A Christmas Story” playing a couple hundred times. And there’s that one scene where Ralphie does something stupid, I can’t remember what it was, but it all unfolds in slow motion and he utters a fake expletive as it’s happening. And that’s exactly how a last-second half-court heave from Sean Dockery played out in my world. The minute he launched it things didn’t look quite right. Everybody acted like it had a chance. And as it descended, it was headed right for the hoop. And that’s when the word began to leave my mouth. You see, when you root for a team, as I do, that has won exactly five NCAA tournament games in its history, well, beating the #1 team at their place, and finishing the game with an 12-0…
by Ken Pomeroy on Friday, December 2, 2005
A stab at this season’s possession related stats have been posted. The plan is to update them daily, or mostly so, for the remainder of the season. There are a few kinks that I know about that need to be worked out of the system, but kick the tires a little and make sure everything is OK. I’ve spot-checked a few numbers - yes, LSU has an outrageous offensive rebounding percentage so far - but there may be some errors in there. With so few games played, there isn’t much value in the “adjusted” stats at the moment, but give it a couple weeks. Keep in mind, games against non-D1 competition are not included in the calculations. There are some other quirks I’ll get into on Monday, along with some more detailed explanations for the newbies. In the meantime, enjoy.Line o’ the Night
FG 3pt FT Reb Min…
by Ken Pomeroy on Thursday, December 1, 2005
Today’s post is more of the butt-kissing variety.
For instance, there’s The Guy Who Gets It, Mike DeCourcy, and his remarks on how in some cases, offense can be ahead of defense at this time of year. Definitely not your typical analysis of early season action, but yet evidence of the usual claim that offense improves as the season wears on is sketchy at best. With that in mind, it’s disturbing that through last night’s action, average efficiency in Division I games was 96.0 (pts per 100 possessions). Last season, it was 98.9. And no, it’s not all Southern Miss’s fault. (Last night they continued a historic streak of offensive futility by posting 35 points in a loss at Arkansas.)
The premier of the Mid-Majority Report is available for your iPod or whatever piece of machinery you use to play an MP3. Wasn’t I surprised to…
by Ken Pomeroy on Wednesday, November 30, 2005
The biggest upset of last night? Army was beating UConn heading into the final media time out of the first half. The Huskies went on a game-ending run on both sides of halftime, and won an ugly 68-54 decision. UConn has been somewhat sluggish on offense without point-guard Marcus Williams this season.Opponent Pts Tempo Off. Eff. Pepperdine 75 72.7 103.1 Arkansas 77 76.4 100.7 Arizona 79 69.5 113.6 Gonzaga 65 62.9 103.4 Army 68 64.5 105.4
(Tempo is calculated game possessions, and offensive efficiency is points per 100 possessions.)
There are going to be a few opportunities to measure just how important certain key players taking extended absences, like Marcus Williams, are to their teams this season. UConn has five more games before Williams comes back. Rudy Gay and Josh Boone are having surprising troubles scoring on their own and the Maui version of Denham Brown didn’t show…