Villanova’s (Not So?) Balanced Offense

Posted by on February 18, 2015

Villanova is comfortably a top 10 team in the country for the second season in a row. The Wildcats are 53-7 since the start of last season despite their supposed lack of a superstar. Watch any game the team has played in this season and you are sure to hear the announcers raving about the… Read more »


Posted by on February 13, 2015

Over at BBALLBREAKDOWN, I took a look at UNC’s success despite a lack of three-point shooting. The full article can be found HERE.

2015 In Season Improvement

Posted by on February 9, 2015

It might be hard to imagine right now considering all of their recent success, but in late December last season Virginia fell outside the kenpom top 40 thanks to a 35-point loss at Tennessee. In fact, Virginia really struggled throughout November and December of last season. By February Tony Bennett’s team was one of the most… Read more »

D’Angelo Russell, Jahlil Okafor, and the Average Freshman

Posted by on February 5, 2015

With the current one-and-done system, top freshman prospects become some of the most talented players in the NCAA every season. This season is no exception with D’Angelo Russell and Jahlil Okafor. Both currently sit at the top of mock drafts  and have had little trouble adjusting to the level of competition the Big Ten and… Read more »

Why Watching Bob McKillop and Davidson’s Offense Should Get Your Coach Fired

Posted by on January 23, 2015

Mid majors don’t crack the top five in adjusted offensive efficiency often. Let alone a mid major picked to finish 12th in the Atlantic-10 preseason poll. Yet here we are in late January with Bob McKillop’s young Davidson team sitting right in between Gonzaga and Duke in AdjO.   The Wildcats haven’t played the strongest of schedules,… Read more »

Iowa State and Rim Protection

Posted by on January 20, 2015

Since his arrival in Ames prior to the 2010-11 season, Fred Hoiberg has received a lot of respect for the job he’s done with Iowa State. Under Hoiberg, the Cyclones have become an offensive powerhouse that both plays uptempo and scores with efficiency. This style of play makes Iowa State a must-watch team. Hoiberg is… Read more »

Do Matchups Matter? (Part 3 – Press Teams)

Posted by on January 15, 2015

The last two seasons I’ve tried to take a look at “opponent compatibility” and how matchups affect game outcomes. My first attempt broadly concluded: “the best way to predict the winner of a game appears to be just picking the better of the two teams“. Last year I put a whole bunch of different ideas… Read more »

The Oklahoma Defense: Breaking Down the Sooners’ Improvement

Posted by on January 13, 2015

Oklahoma is currently one of the best examples in the country of something I’ve wrote about here quite a bit: Experienced teams (surprisingly) struggle to get better on both sides of the ball. The Sooners ended 2013-14 with the 16th ranked offense and 91st ranked defense in the country by adjusted efficiency. The off-season focus obviously… Read more »

The Difference Between NCAA and NBA Offenses

Posted by on January 12, 2015

Nitpicking the number two ranked offense in the entire country feels wrong. Duke has scored over one point per possession in all but one game this season (UConn on a neutral floor). In yesterday’s loss at North Carolina State, Duke’s defense was the clear problem. NC State scored 1.24 points per possession. Duke didn’t light… Read more »

System Coaching (Part 2 – Calipari’s Defense)

Posted by on January 1, 2015

Before reading this post you can check out Part 1 if you haven’t already. There I attempted to quantify “system coaching” (offensive and defensive style consistency from season-to-season). I found that a lot of the best defensive coaches were in fact system coaches, but offensive efficiency showed no correlation.   In today’s post, I wanted… Read more »