First Weekend Tourney Observations

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1. Virginia Small-Ball Against Butler Normally small-ball lineups are used for offensive purposes. More shooting and/or quickness on the floor leads to better spacing and mismatches. However, Virginia went small on Saturday with defense in mind.   After Andrew Chrabascz started the game 9 for 11 from the field, Tony Bennett switched 6’5″ Malcolm Brogdon… Read more »

D’Angelo Russell, Jahlil Okafor, and the Average Freshman

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With the current one-and-done system, top freshman prospects become some of the most talented players in the NCAA every season. This season is no exception with D’Angelo Russell and Jahlil Okafor. Both currently sit at the top of mock drafts  and have had little trouble adjusting to the level of competition the Big Ten and… Read more »

The Difference Between NCAA and NBA Offenses

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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 »

NCAA Tournament Narratives: Defense Wins Championship

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The following is part of a series of NCAA tournament posts. You can find the intro to the series here.   Narrative: Defense wins championships.   In order to win a basketball game, you simply have to score more points than the other team. You do this through the combination of offense and defense. Some… 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 »

Defending a Title

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This just in: Duke is good this year. The Blue Devils managed to fly under the radar (well, for Duke) for some of last season. Duke won’t be tricking anyone this season. With about 59% of minutes return, Coach K’s squad is rightfully the preseason favorite. Let’s take a look at the past five championship… Read more »

Atlantic Coast Conference: 2010-11 Preview

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Teams Boston College Before last season, I talked to my friend who happens to be a BC fan. We talked about realistic expectations for BC. They had everyone back except for standout guard Tyrese Rice. Interestingly enough, he told me he expected BC to take a step forward in 2009-10 while getting worse results. How… Read more »

Whacks at the Pinata

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Earlier this month, Ken Pomeroy tweeted, “I request to copyright the phrase ‘gets more whacks at the pinata’ to describe a low FG%/high efficiency offense.” Naturally, I decided to take this a step further. This post is a look at the teams that got the most whacks in 2009-2010. Formula (Team’s OEff)-((100.8/48.8)*(Team’s eFG%)) Explanation The… Read more »

Varying Impacts – Jon Scheyer

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A while ago, we did a post on the varying impacts an efficient basketball player can have. In order to explore this subject further, we have conducted a series of interviews. We have discussed three different types of players with team specific bloggers. This second post features an interview with Duke Hoop Blog (twitter: @DukeHoopBlog)… Read more »