Subscribe!
CourtIntelligence powered by kenpom.com

Most recent entries

  • Offense vs. Defense: Assist rate
  • Offense vs. Defense: Three-point attempts
  • Offense vs. Defense: Rebounding
  • Offense vs. Defense: 3-point percentage
  • Offense vs. Defense: average possession length
  • Is free throw defense real?
  • Offense vs. Defense: free throw percentage
  • Offense vs. Defense: the eternal struggle
  • Your 2015 kPOY: Frank Kaminsky
  • The NRG effect
  • The good stuff


    At other venues...
  • ESPN.com ($)
  • Deadspin
  • Slate

  • Strategy
  • Whether to foul up 3 late
  • The value of 2-for-1’s
  • Whether to foul when tied (1, 2, 3)
  • Who's the best in-game coach?

  • Philosophy
  • All points are not created equal
  • Brady Heslip’s non-slump
  • The magic of negative motivation
  • A treatise on plus-minus
  • The preseason AP poll is great
  • The lack of information in close-game performance
  • Why I don’t believe in clutchness*

  • Fun stuff
  • The missing 1-point games
  • Which two teams last lost longest ago?
  • How many first-round picks will Kentucky have?
  • Prepare for the Kobe invasion
  • Predicting John Henson's free throw percentage
  • Can Derrick Williams set the three-point accuracy record?
  • Play-by-play Theater: earliest disqualification
  • Monthly Archives

  • August 2015
  • July 2015
  • June 2015
  • April 2015
  • March 2015
  • February 2015
  • January 2015
  • December 2014
  • November 2014
  • October 2014
  • September 2014
  • July 2014
  • May 2014
  • April 2014
  • March 2014
  • February 2014
  • January 2014
  • December 2013
  • November 2013
  • October 2013
  • September 2013
  • August 2013
  • July 2013
  • June 2013
  • May 2013
  • April 2013
  • March 2013
  • February 2013
  • January 2013
  • December 2012
  • November 2012
  • October 2012
  • September 2012
  • August 2012
  • July 2012
  • June 2012
  • May 2012
  • April 2012
  • March 2012
  • February 2012
  • January 2012
  • December 2011
  • November 2011
  • October 2011
  • September 2011
  • August 2011
  • July 2011
  • June 2011
  • April 2011
  • March 2011
  • February 2011
  • January 2011
  • December 2010
  • November 2010
  • October 2010
  • August 2010
  • July 2010
  • June 2010
  • May 2010
  • April 2010
  • March 2010
  • February 2010
  • January 2010
  • December 2009
  • November 2009
  • October 2009
  • July 2009
  • February 2009
  • January 2009
  • December 2008
  • November 2008
  • October 2007
  • September 2007
  • July 2007
  • June 2007
  • May 2007
  • April 2007
  • March 2007
  • February 2007
  • January 2007
  • December 2006
  • November 2006
  • October 2006
  • September 2006
  • August 2006
  • July 2006
  • June 2006
  • May 2006
  • April 2006
  • March 2006
  • February 2006
  • January 2006
  • December 2005
  • November 2005
  • October 2005
  • September 2005
  • August 2005
  • July 2005
  • June 2005
  • May 2005
  • April 2005
  • March 2005
  • February 2005
  • January 2005
  • December 2004
  • November 2004
  • October 2004
  • September 2004
  • August 2004
  • July 2004
  • June 2004
  • May 2004
  • April 2004
  • March 2004
  • February 2004
  • January 2004
  • December 2003
  • November 2003

  • RSS feed

    Bear Market

    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…

    Read more...

    Keeping Up With The Joneses

    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.


    Read more...

    Stats Stuff

    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…

    Read more...

    Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuudge

    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…

    Read more...

    Possession Stats!

    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… 
    

    Read more...

    Brown Nosing

    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…

    Read more...

    Crewsin’ for a Bruisin’

    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…

    Read more...

    Playing Catch-Up

    by Ken Pomeroy on Tuesday, November 29, 2005


    Before I drop some lines on you, what is up with Larry Eustachy’s Southern Miss team? For the second time in three games they failed to make the 35-point mark. Last night, they fell at home to Samford 52-33.

    It was the lowest point total in a non-conference home game in (at least) the last 10 seasons. In fairness, Samford plays the Princeton style and the game had only 49 possessions. But even with that in mind, it’s still a dismal offensive showing. Not to pile on any further, but even Toccoa Falls posted 37 points against Division I opposition last night.

    Now the week that was…

    Last Tuesday
      FG 3pt FT Reb Min M-A M-A M-A O-T A F S TO BLK Pts Adam Morrison 52 14-28 4-8 11-12 2-7 4 2 2 2 0 43 Result: Win. Gonzaga 109, Michigan St. 106 (3OT)

    Gonzaga has gotten…

    Read more...

    Is Drexel For Real?

    by Ken Pomeroy on Monday, November 28, 2005


    The question might seem moot now, what with Drexel falling to Penn on Saturday (although Drexel was playing on very short rest). But the Dragons created some buzz with their run in the NIT Season Tip-Off. Drexel got to MSG on the strength of a win at Princeton and then against a Sam Houston State team that themselves had just won at Missouri. While in NYC, Drexel made #1 Duke uncomfy for about 39 minutes, and had #16 UCLA beaten before deciding to get charitable in the last 15 seconds.

    Anyone seeing those two games in the Garden certainly had to believe Drexel was a solid team, and that if they truly were the seventh-best team in the CAA as the conference’s media forecasted, then the Colonial was on par with the ACC. This is where we learn about the danger of sample size. Remember the team that produced the…

    Read more...

    Merry Thanksgiving

    by Ken Pomeroy on Tuesday, November 22, 2005


    Some nearly useless comments on a few of last night’s games…

    Texas 76, West Virginia 75. It’s not often you see a team miss three front ends of the one-and-one in the final minute these days. And that’s exactly what WVU did to give Texas a chance to win the game. It was like a flashback to the ‘80s. Also, Pittsnogle is a funny name and all, but can we stop obsessing about him? Mike Gansey is the heart and soul of that team. He’s a good shooter, passer, rebounder and defender. Pittsnogle is one of those things. (And really, who was the scout that told Pittsnogle he’d be a second round pick in the NBA? Does that guy still have a job?)

    Iowa 67, Kentucky 63. 6’-2” Rajon Rondo: 19 boards, 2 offensive, 1 block in 33 minutes. Trio of Kentucky seven-footers: 2 boards, 1 offensive, no blocks in…

    Read more...

    Page 66 of 92 pages ‹ First  < 64 65 66 67 68 >  Last ›