Saturday, November 28, 2015

Crunchy Numbers

As I did last week, here's a sampling of interesting stats about each of the local teams. All numbers and definitions come from Ken Pomeroy.

Crunchy Numbers


As I did last week, here's a sampling of interesting stats about each of the local teams. All numbers and definitions come from Ken Pomeroy, and are as of Tuesday night.

- The Dragons rank third in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage given up, and 332nd in free throw percentage made.
- Daryl McCoy ranks 16th in the nation in individual offensive rebounding percentage, which is "the percentage of possible offensive rebounds a player gets."
- The Explorers rank 61st in the nation in three-point shooting, and 278th in three-point defense.
- Aaric Murray ranks 61st in individual block percentage - "percentage of opponents’ two-point shots that are blocked by the player while he is on the court" - despite his recent slump and benching.
- The Quakers rank 28th in ratio of free throw attempts to field goal attempts, which means they're getting to the line a lot. But they also rank 333rd in offensive rebounding percentage.
- Jack Eggleston ranks 71st in least fouls committed per 40 minutes. 
- The Hawks' offense ranks 54th in lowest turnover percentage committed, but their defense ranks 293rd in highest turnover percentage forced.
- Carl Jones ranks 55th in individual percentage of possessions used. This statistic "assigns credit or blame to a player when his actions end a possession, either by making a shot, missing a shot that isn’t rebounded by the offense, or committing a turnover."
- The Owls rank 65th in three-point defense and 311th in three-point offense.
- Rahlir Jefferson ranks 52nd in individual effective field goal percentage, which gives extra weight to three-pointers.
- The Wildcats' defense has the 17th best block percentage in the nation, but the offense ranks 267th in block percentage given up.
- Corey Stokes ranks 16th in true shooting percentage, which is sort of like effective field goal percentage plus a factor for free throws. The full explanation is towards the bottom of this page.

Big 5
78 (78)
55 (51)
58 (43)
98 (89)
164 (198)
La Salle
145 (132)
165 (175)
170 (160)
228 (212)
82 (102)
206 (205)
179 (162)
196 (181)
238 (253)
112 (122)
St. Joseph's
162 (153)
173 (140)
191 (151)
181 (146)
45 (56)
35 (34)
21 (17)
29 (32)
19 (19)
30 (23)
11 (12)
16 (18)
14 (21)
18 (24)
84 (143)
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