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 »


System Coaching (Part 1 – Intro)

Posted by on December 22, 2014

Many college coaches are known for their unique offensive and defensive systems. Year after year these coaches plug new players into their pre-existing style of play. Obviously, these coaches have the luxury of years of experience in teaching and perfecting the way their teams play. This experience in teaching a certain way might even be more… Read more »


Ranking the Three Best Bigs at Running the Court

Posted by on December 8, 2014

As we continue towards the slowest college basketball season ever, it’s not easy finding big men very good at running the floor in transition. An athletic big adept at filling the proper lane is an extremely useful advantage to have. When the big man in transition beats his defender down the court, the smaller guards… Read more »


The Miami Offense: Breaking Down the Canes’ Improvement

Posted by on December 1, 2014

If you take a look at the top five offenses in the country by adjusted efficiency, you won’t be surprised to find four teams considered by many to be top national title contenders. Duke, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Gonzaga all came into the season with high expectations and have lived up to them thus far. The… Read more »


Villanova’s Aggressive Defense

Posted by on November 24, 2014

Villanova enters tonight’s big test against VCU having under-performed to start the season. The Wildcats are 3-0 on the season, but have struggled in both of their games against Patriot League opponents (Bucknell and Lehigh). A look at Villanova’s points per possession to start the season would probably lead one to believe the offense has… Read more »