Ben McLemore’s Aggression

Posted by on February 25, 2013

It’s not often that an NCAA wing player projected to go number one in the NBA Draft by some is perceived to be lacking a killer instinct closing out games. However, the narrative behind the play of Ben McLemore has been just that. The redshirt freshman is having an outstanding season by any measure, with shootings… Read more »


Bucknell and Turnovers

Posted by on February 19, 2013

There has been a lot of talk all year long about VCU’s havoc defense. The type of defense Shaka Smart’s team plays is exciting to watch and pretty effective. Currently, VCU is 30th in the country in AdjD.  Bucknell is a team with an equally unique defense, but not even close to the same media… Read more »


The Effects of Offense on Defense

Posted by on February 15, 2013

Last month, I looked at the effect of Louisville’s offense on its defense. When a Louisville offensive possession ends, they get to set up their press. Setting up their defense makes it dramatically more difficult for opponents to score. Both field percentage and turnover percentage are influenced by the Louisville press. The one and done… Read more »


Kansas’s Shot Selection

Posted by on February 7, 2013

TCU stunned the college basketball world by knocking off Kansas yesterday 62-55. Obviously, a whole lot has to go wrong for an upset of this degree to happen. Three point shooting is generally a huge factor in upsets, but not the only factor. However, I went back and looked at Kansas’s three point attempts from the… Read more »


Charting 3-Point Rebounds

Posted by on February 5, 2013

Today my piece on rebounds off missed three pointers was published on kenpom.com. Ken and I charted several thousand missed three in an attempt to analyze the results. The post looks at where rebounds go depending on shot location. Also, the post then looks at how these shot and rebound locations affects offensive rebounding. Check… Read more »


How to Beat Louisville

Posted by on January 29, 2013

On January 18th, the Louisville Cardinals sat at 16-1 (4-0 in the Big East) and number one in the country. Louisville featured the number one ranked defense (efficiency-wise) in the country and a greatly improved offense from 2011-12. Now, 10 days later, the Cardinals are 4-3 in the Big East with losses to Syracuse, Villanova,… Read more »


Defending the Free Throw

Posted by on January 4, 2013

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about foul shooting and luck. The discussion has been about the luck the shooter has during a foul shot. This is very controversial, because we as humans like to believe we are in full control  over everything. However, I don’t think anyone would dispute the luck involved in foul shooting… Read more »


Butler’s Winning Blueprint

Posted by on December 21, 2012

Going into last Saturday’s Butler-Indiana game, the question was how would Butler’s shaky defense stop quite possibly the best offense in the country. Indiana scored 1.13 points per possession, a more than respectable number but still their 3rd lowest output of the season. The gameplan for Brad Stevens was pretty  obvious and discussed all over… Read more »


The Effects of Coaching Changes: Taking a Look at Iona

Posted by on December 7, 2012

Recently, Jordan Sperber took a look at how a coaching change affects style of play.  His quality work caught the attention of Zak Boisvert, who gave us the idea to do a similar study looking at Iona. With Boisvert’s idea and Sperber’s guidance, I am delving into a similar post regarding Iona and the transition… Read more »


Villanova’s One Dimensional Offense

Posted by on December 5, 2012

After missing the NCAA Tournament in 2012 for the first time in seven years, Jay Wright’s Villanova squad was looking for a bounce back year. However, the team has struggled to a 3-3 start against D1 opponents. Off the court, the Big East has continued to decline and Villanova has largely remained silent about the… Read more »