Do Matchups Matter? (The Sequel)

Posted by on January 24, 2014

The following is a guest post I wrote over at @nropp’s blog. You can find the original post here and be sure to check out the rest of his site for great college basketball analysis. Last season, I took a look at what I call “opponent compatibility” in basketball. Check out the full post for all the details,… Read more »

North Dakota State and Experience

Posted by on January 15, 2014

In my November surprises I noted how strange North Dakota State’s season has started. On the immediate surface, not much has changed. North Dakota State entered the season as the Summit League favorite and probably still hold that title in mid-January despite an early loss to IPFW. Saul Phillips’ team has nearly everyone back from a… Read more »

Winning Big: Sim Bhullar and Mamadou Ndiaye

Posted by on January 9, 2014

Apart from a Kevin Pelton article, two BIG men out West have largely gone under the radar during the 2013-14 season. 7’5″ Sim Bhullar (New Mexico State) and 7’6″ Mamadou Ndiaye (UC Irvine) are great examples of the diversity among teams in college basketball. In the NBA, the balance in talent and personnel isn’t usually enough for dramatic differences in… Read more »

Quick Hitters: Indiana, Xavier, Siena

Posted by on January 5, 2014

1. Crean SLOB on opening possession vs. Michigan St. Indiana ran a beautiful sideline out-of-bounds play in the opening minute against Michigan St. I was having trouble with my GIF creator, but check out the annotated photos of the play:           In the end, Troy Williams made the play much harder… Read more »

Quick Hitters: Michigan, Washington, McNeese St.

Posted by on January 4, 2014

The following is the first of (probably) many “Quick Hitters” posts. I’ll take a look at three things from the previous night of games, with one being an actual breakdown of a quick hitter. 1. Beilein quick hitter to pull away from Minnesota. With just over two minutes to go and a one point lead… Read more »

Blowing Out Tomato Cans: How Significant are Louisville’s 12 Wins?

Posted by on January 2, 2014

Any team that loses to an archrival and loses a key player for the season in the same week is going to be prone to some scrutiny. The legitimacy of Louisville has been in question throughout the internet. The now Behanan-less defending champs are 0-2 against teams in the KenPom top 50 (UNC and Kentucky)… Read more »

New at VU Hoops: Scouting the Offense

Posted by on January 2, 2014

Over at VU Hoops, I charted 283 Villanova three-point attempts and wrote about it. Check out the full article HERE.

Early Season Luck

Posted by on December 27, 2013

With 11 or 12 games under most teams’ belt, efficiency numbers are starting to stabilize. However, random variation still plays a role in team performance. Defensively, we know that opponent three-point percentage is especially “lucky”. Ohio State, the nation’s number one defense to date, is allowing opponent’s to shoot just 25% from three. Some of… Read more »

Game Strategy: Playing for Overtime

Posted by on December 23, 2013

North Carolina continued their inconsistent ways yesterday with an overtime victory over Davidson. UNC picked up the pressure in the final few possessions of regulation. Davidson struggled taking care of the ball, but managed to put themselves in a position to win the game with the shot clock off. Based on the final minutes of the… Read more »

Margin for Error

Posted by 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 »