Sunday, September 21, 2014
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A blizzard of Crunchy Numbers

As my train to Boston makes its way north, I've spent the afternoon putting together a longer-than-usual stats compilation.

A blizzard of Crunchy Numbers

Corrected after nayr83 pointed out in the comments that La Salle at Temple wasn't an official Big 5 game. The official schedule is here, if you're wondering.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - For as much as I enjoy train travel, five hours is a long time to sit and look out the window. So as my train to Boston makes its way north, I've spent the afternoon putting together a longer-than-usual stats compilation.

In addition to the usual Schuylkill 16 data, you'll see teamsheet summaries for the top teams in all six BCS conferences (yes, the Pac-10 still counts), the Atlantic 10, the CAA and the Ivy League.

These numbers don't come close to painting a complete picture of the college basketball landscape, but they might make you think twice about which teams deserve at-large bids and which don't.

As for my whereabouts, I'll be at Princeton-Harvard tonight and Penn-Harvard tomorrow, covering the latter game for Sunday's Inquirer. I'll probably live-tweet Penn's game from courtside at Lavietes Pavilion, so stay tuned.

And for those of you keeping score, my streak of having never covered Wing Bowl is still alive. I'm sure it will end one of these years, but at least for now it continues.

Good luck dealing with the blizzard, especially those of you trying to get to Washington for Villanova-Georgetown tomorrow. At the moment, it looks like New England won't get hit as hard as the Mid-Atlantic.

But I'm sure that having typed those words, we'll be slammed right as I'm trying to leave town Sunday morning.

Let's start our rundown with some interesting tidbits about the City Six teams.

- Drexel is 275th nationally in effective field goal percentage and 15th in effective field goal percentage given up.
- La Salle is 285th in turnover percentage committed and 327th in turnover percentage forced.
- Penn is 320th in effective field goal percentage and 340th in effective field goal percentage given up.
- Saint Joseph's is 322nd in offensive rebounding percentage and 342nd in offensive rebounding percentage given up.
- Temple is 11th in turnover percentage committed and 257th in turnover percentage forced.
- Villanova is third in offensive effiency and 60th in defensive efficiency.

Now for the tables:

City Six rankings table

Team
Record
Conf.
Big 5
Drexel
13-11
8-4
1-2
104 (146)
104 (119)
111 (140)
123 (153)
107 (126) 
La Salle
11-11
3-5
1-1
124 (126)
97 (111)
120 (124)
144 (137)
71 (82)
Penn
2-14
1-1
0-4
322 (324)
316 (316)
328 (332)
308 (321)
160 (122)
St. Joseph's
8-14
2-6
2-1
186 (174)
179 (139)
187 (166)
193 (156)
42 (35)
Temple
19-4
7-1
2-0
34 (30)
17 (12)
18 (15)
26 (25)
48 (28)
Villanova
20-1
9-0
3-1
13 (14)
4 (4)
4 (5)
5 (7)
36 (44)

Schuylkill 16 NCAA Tournament teamsheets

Team
Top 50 wins
201+ losses
Avg. win
Avg. loss
0
7
285
177
0
4
219
112
Delaware St.
0
1
205
139
1
1
211
79
0
1
230
44
Lafayette
0
3
291
168
3
2
276
167
0
5
279
197
0
6
310
168
Penn State
0
3
243
100
Princeton
0
1
231
125
Rider
0
1
231
101
Rutgers
0
0
191
51
Saint Joseph's
1
0
200
80
Temple
4
0
142
32
Villanova
4
0
120
17

Big East, Atlantic 10, CAA and Ivy League

Team
Top 50 wins
201+ losses
Avg. win
Avg. loss
Connecticut
1
0
123
47
Georgetown
5
0
120
31
South Florida
2
0
141
59
5
0
116
22
6
0
107
27
Charlotte
2
0
181
23
Dayton
2
0
163
39
2
0
143
31
Richmond
2
0
162
59
Xavier
4
0
136
25
George Mason
1
2
218
55
Northeastern
1
0
158
82
Old Dominion
2
0
151
48
William & Mary
1
0
171
35
Cornell
3
0
136
37
Harvard
0
1
209
79

Other conferences

Team
Top 50 wins
201+ losses
Avg. win
Avg. loss
Duke
8
0
109
38
Maryland
2
0
160
28
North Carolina
2
0
166
39
Virginia
2
1
162
105
Kentucky
4
0
119
61
Tennessee
3
0
135
52
Vanderbilt
3
0
114
70
Baylor
3
0
142
62
Kansas
7
0
117
23
Kansas State
6
0
112
31
Texas
5
0
141
27
Texas A&M
3
0
154
23
Arizona
1
0
130
65
Arizona State
1
0
183
48
California
0
0
142
47
UCLA
1
1
147
90
Illinois
1
0
180
68
Michigan State
2
0
143
39
Northwestern
1
0
182
32
Ohio State
4
0
167
51
Purdue
4
0
140
34
Wisconsin
3
0
128
43

Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
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