Posted by Jordan Sperber on December 9, 2013
In each of John Calipari’s first four years at Kentucky, his defenses have been outside the top 200 in forcing turnovers. Calipari generally produces very good defenses built on fantastic shot defense without fouling. It seems pretty likely that his teams could force turnovers. John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Anthony Davis, and company certainly didn’t lack athleticism. However,… Read more »
Posted by Jordan Sperber on December 2, 2013
Check out my new post over at the brand new IQ Sports website on Big East shooting HERE. I took the expected points framework created for the NBA at hickory-high.com to find the best (and worst) shooters and decision makers in the Big East.
Posted by Jordan Sperber on December 1, 2013
With Feast Week coming to a close, we can start to pretend like we know things about college basketball. Here are three interesting surprises after three weeks of basketball. 1. Syracuse’s shot defense. Boeheim defenses have been the knuckleball pitcher of college basketball. Generally, pitchers have little control over batting average on balls in play… Read more »
Posted by Jordan Sperber on November 28, 2013
I have a new post up on VU Hoops looking at Villanova’s three-point defense. The Wildcats have had a tendency to “play the three-point lottery” throughout Jay Wright’s tenure. Check it out HERE.
Posted by Jordan Sperber on November 16, 2013
Believe it or not, upperclassmen play basketball too. Many are even good at the sport! The future lottery picks get all the attention, but here I’m taking a look at three under the radar players to start the season. Talib Zanna (Sr.) – Pittsburgh Zanna was suspended for Pitt’s season opener due to a violation… Read more »
Posted by Jordan Sperber on November 13, 2013
Just three games in, the 40-0 season is over for Kentucky. The Wildcats struggled against Michigan State’s packed in man defense, especially early on. However, Kentucky was ridiculously good on the offensive boards throughout the game. Izzo’s teams are elite rebounding teams year after year and yet Kentucky rebounded 46% of their missed shots. Transition… Read more »
Posted by Jordan Sperber on November 11, 2013
It’s probably not a good idea to judge any team based on 40 minutes of basketball. We all know that Duke won’t shoot 76% from two and 62% from three this season. It can be tough to decide if a team is really better/worse than previously thought or if we are simply watching an outlier. To… Read more »
Posted by Jordan Sperber on November 8, 2013
On November 13, 2007 Lester Hudson became the first D1 player to record a quadruple double in Tennessee-Martin’s win over Central Baptist College. Hudson finished the game with 25 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 steals. An absolute monster of a game, but not a 5×5. Hudson recorded just one block. A 5×5 consists… Read more »
Posted by Jordan Sperber on September 24, 2013
My second post for VU Hoops on Villanova’s surprisingly good defense last season was published last week. Check out the post HERE and stay tuned for new general college basketball posts as the season gets closer.
Posted by Jordan Sperber on September 13, 2013
Yesterday, Ken Pomeroy sent out several tweets about Oakland’s Travis Bader. At this point, no one should be surprised that Travis Bader showed no signs of having a hot hand. Pomeroy showed that Bader’s 3P% actually went down after making a shot, likely because of overconfidence leading to poor shot selection. At this point, study after study has made the numbers… Read more »