Iowa State and Rim Protection

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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)

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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

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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 »

System Coaching (Part 2 – Calipari’s Defense)

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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 »

Villanova’s Aggressive Defense

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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 »

Projecting Defense: Wisconsin

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Last week I wrote about the surprising lack of improvement made by experienced teams from year to year on the defensive side of the ball. When thinking about potential teams affected by this for the 2014-15 season, Wisconsin is the first that comes to mind. Of course the Badgers are going to be very good… Read more »

Projecting Defense: An Overview

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If you read the site last season, you might remember my look at North Dakota State and experience. To summarize, the Bison were one of the most experienced teams in the country last season and overwhelming favorites in the Summit League because of a strong defense in 2012-13. NDSU did in fact win the Summit… Read more »

Margin for Error

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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 »

The Highs and Lows of LaQuinton Ross’ Weekend

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LaQuinton Ross sent Ohio State to the Elite Eight with a three pointer against Arizona. Just type his name into Google and you can pick from tons of articles that tell you that. However, Ross was involved in an equally as crucial three pointer that played a tremendous role in sending Wichita State to the Final Four…. Read more »