Friday, November 27, 2015

Villanova's Ryan's Hope

Ryan Arcidiacono has settled in nicely to major college hoops scene.

Villanova's Ryan's Hope


The improvement made by Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono is none more evident than if you slice the Wildcats' season up into thirds (tacking the opener against Division II District of Columbia onto the first third).

Over the last 10-game stretch, the freshman out of Neshaminy has shot better, especially from the arc (41.0%), and kept better control of the ball (1.86 assist-to-turnover ratio). 

Here are how his numbers break down:

   Nov. 9-
 Dec. 16    
 Dec. 22-    
 Jan. 30
 Feb. 3-
 March 6    
 Record  7-4  6-4  6-4
 Points  124  115  138
    Avg.  11.3  11.5  13.8
 Field Goals  29-96  33-92  38-91
    Pct.  30.2%  35.9%  41.8%
 2-Pt. FG   9-27  11-26  13-30
    Pct.  33.3%  42.3%  43.3%
 3-Pt. FG  20-69  22-66  25-61
    Pct.  29.0%  33.3%  41.0%
 Free Throws      46-56  27-33  37-45
    Pct.  82.1%  81.8%  82.2%
 Assists  39  31  39
    Avg.  3.5  3.1  3.9
 Turnovers  31  27  21
    Avg.  2.8  2.7  2.1
 Assists/TO  1.26  1.15  1.86
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