The Canes, who are currently undefeated in the ACC, have eight players who have played at least 39% of the team's minutes. Five of them are seniors, including the players ranked No. 2 (Trey McKinney Jones), No. 3 (Durand Scott), and No. 4 (Kenny Kadji) in terms of minutes.
67% of their points come from seniors. There's also a possibility that Shane Larkin (sophomore) or Rion Brown (junior) could leave early for a professional career, especially considering the cliff which will follow this season.
According to ESPN, Miami currently has a 4* and two 3* recruits joining the program.
Ken Pomeroy has a stat called "experience" which measures the class level of team by minutes played. By this metric, Valpo is the most experienced team in the nation.
Bryce Drew's squad has six seniors who all play more than 45% of the minutes, and no freshmen-juniors who play even 40%.
The non-seniors are responsible for fewer than 24% of the Crusaders scoring. The good news is that they're currently in the driver's seat for the No. 1 seed in the Horizon League tourney.no comments
The last time Colorado State seriously contended for the Mountain West regular season title was...well....hey, they won the WAC in 1990!
Now they find themselves a half game behind New Mexico and are making a trip tonight to face UNLV. If they win in Vegas, they go home to prepare to host New Mexico this weekend, with a chance to take control of the conference race. A win tonight and one this weekend would also tie them for their most wins ever in a single season.
If the Rams are going to do it, then they need to do it now. With five seniors in the starting lineup, next season they'll be rebuilding.no comments
1. Most game stories will begin like this one, with Jerian Grant and Jack Cooley leading the way for the Irish with 13 points a piece. But it took Grant 15 shots to score 13 points, and it took Cooley just 8. Efficiency, folks. It matters. Grant shot 4-15 from the field and now has failed to make more than half his shot attempts in 12 of 14 Big East games. He also tied his career high with 6 turnovers.
2. Pitt is the 3rd best offensive rebounding team in the nation, grabbing 41% of their own misses. Notre Dame is a solid defensive rebounding team, limiting opponents to under 30% OR%. On Monday Notre Dame dominated that battle, holding Pitt to a season low of 18.2%. It was the first time Pitt has been held below 20% in Big East play since February, 2010 against Marquette.no comments
I began this contest with the idea of handing out an annual tongue-in-cheek award to the website which comes up with the worst pre-season top-25 college basketball poll. We can all take ourselves a little too seriously sometimes, so I figured I would call the award the Vitale Cup, named after one of my favorite announcers and a man who definitely doesn't have a problem taking life too serioulsy.
Unfortunately my colleagues didn't necessarily feel the same way, and butt-hurt abounded with the initial release.
This caused me to have three reactions: initially I thought it was funny that people would take this seriously. I mean, we have a panel of 15 "experts" and no one had Kentucky ranked lower than 4th, and no one had Oklahoma State, Butler, Colorado State, or Oregon ranked at all. But then it began to get under my skin a bit, and I felt that if you didn't want someone to quantify your predictions alongside of several other people who made similar predictions, then don't release a top 25. Finally, as my competitive streak took hold, I just shook my head and said "what the hell, let's do this thing."no comments
Yesterday I broke down the top 10 offenses in college basketball, with an eye on how they get it done. I was interested to see if elite teams get consistently solid efforts from a number of positions, or do the rely more on superb individual performances. As expected, there was a lot of variation in the top 10.
Today I'm dropping down a level and looking at the players.
Offensive ratings are highly variable from game to game, and the formula for developing them is complex. The take home is that an offensive rating of 100 (a point per player possession) is just about average in college basketball. So you want your guys scoring more than that.
First, who is the most consistent player? I was only looking at the top 10 offenses, so the teams in this are Indiana, Florida, Michigan, Gonzaga, Creighton, Pittsburgh, Duke, NC State, Colorado State, and St. Mary's. For "consistency" I wanted to know who was the best at avoiding games with a sub 100 offensive rating. These are the guys you can count on every night to at least be average.no comments
The nation's top 10 offenses are a varied bunch. Three have tempos among the nation's fastest 100 teams, and three are slower than 250th. Michigan is one of the worst teams in the nation at getting to the line (No. 342), while IU is better than just about everyone (No. 2). Florida is constantly seeking out 3s, while NC State takes fewer than 335 Divison I programs. About the only thing which ties them together is their elite level of efficiency.
To get a better look at how these offenses vary I took a look at the players.
To start, I made a list of every player on the top 10 offensive teams (offensive efficiency) who had played at least half their teams minutes. Then I made a couple minor additions based on regulars who have been injured (Ryan Kelly, Will Yeguette, etc....). I took a look at every game each team had played, and binned the individual offensive efficiencies from each of those player-games.
All ten of the offenses score somewhere around 1.15 to 1.20 points per possession (adjusted for strength of opponent). So I used that as something of a focal point, and binned games into efficiency numbers less than or equal to 60, 61-80, 81-100, 101-120, 121-140, 141-160 and 161+. In descriptive terms, those bins could be classified as Awful, Bad, Below Average, Average, Good, Excellent, Explosive.
For an example, here's how the nation's top offense looks:no comments
The east coast bias is primarily a function of time zones. A 7 pm game in San Francisco tips at 10 pm in Washington DC, and if it happens to be a work night, then let's face it - not a lot of east coast eyeballs are going to be on those west coast games.
The downside is that the west coast, and specifically the West Coast Conference, is playing some great hoops these past few years. Gonzaga and St. Mary's are playing at a high level, and BYU is trying to challenge them both.
Aside from the teams, there are special players out west as well, and it all starts with St. Mary's point guard Matthew Dellavedova. The Gaels (22-5, 11-2) only have four regular season games left, so there aren't that many opportunities to watch him play.
When you do tune in, understand that you're watching St. Mary's history every time that Delly suits up.no comments
1. Olivier Hanlan could be (or should be) the front-runner for ACC Freshman of the Year. The Canadian scored 19 points, which is the 10th time in 12 games he's been in double figures in ACC play. Hanlan made three 3-pointers for the first time in conference play, and his 3-4 shooting from the arc was his highest percentage for any game this season.
2. Freshman Devon Bookert started for the 2nd straight game over the other freshman point guard, Montay Brandon. Bookert responded with 8 assists and zero turnovers in 31 minutes. It was the first time since 2001 (Delvon Arington) that an FSU player had at least 8 assists without a turnover.no comments