Thursday, February 11, 2016

Crunchy Numbers

Plus some news about Saturday's Villanova-Pittsburgh game.

Crunchy Numbers

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Before we get to this week's stats roundup, ESPN just announced that Dick Vitale will not be part of the broadcast team for Saturday night's big Villanova-Pittsburgh game at the Pavilion.

Vitale will instead be at the Ohio State-Wisconsin game. Jay Bilas, who is part of ESPN's 'College GameDay' crew, will work with Dan Shulman for the Villanova game.

The Saturday morning 'College GameDay' broadcast at the Pavilion is open to the public. Tickets are available by emailing tickets@villanova.edu or calling 610-519-4100. More information is available on Villanova's athletic department website.

Now for your regularly scheduled programming. This week, I've brought back the NCAA Tournament Selection Sheet data compilation from Basketball State. I hope to make this a regular feature for the rest of the season. All of the teams in the Schuylkill 16 are included, and they are listed in the order of the most recent ranking.

Note that all data presented below reflected games through Monday.

Drexel

- The Dragons have the seventh-best effective field goal percentage defense in the country, but the 275th-best effective field goal percentage shooting.
- Chris Fouch ranks 13th in the country in percentage of his team's shots taken when he is on the court.

La Salle

- The Explorers have the 22nd-best offensive rebounding percentage in the country, but their defense ranks 260th in offensive rebounding percentage given up.
- Jerrell Williams ranks 56th in the nation in individual offensive rebounding percentage.

Penn

- The Quakers rank 67th in two-point shooting, but 320th in two-point defense.
- Zack Rosen ranks 38th in individual assist rate.

Saint Joseph's

- The Hawks' offense have the 50th-best turnover percentage committed in the coutntry, but their defense has the 312th-worst turnover percentage forced.
- C.J. Aiken has the fifth-best individual block percentage in the country.

Temple

- The Owls' defense ranks 43rd nationally in ratio of free throw attempts to field goal attempts given up, but the offense ranks 247th in percentage of free throw attempts taken to field goal attempts taken.
- Scootie Randall has the 30th-best effective field goal percentage in the country.

Villanova

- The Wildcats are the ninth-best team in the nation at free throw shooting, but their offense gives up the 242nd-worst block percentage.
- Maalik Wayns ranks 27th in the nation in individual assist rate.

Team
Record
Conf.
Big 5
Drexel
16-7
8-5
2-0
73 (75)
52 (54)
65 (67)
87 (96)
114 (98)
La Salle
11-13
3-6
2-1
169 (169)
169 (161)
158 (155)
223 (201)
131 (169)
Penn
9-9
3-1
1-3
156 (179)
167 (176)
171 (178)
216 (211)
157 (127)
St. Joseph's
6-17
1-8
0-3
199 (208)
204 (209)
203 (212)
226 (243)
41 (35)
Temple
17-5
7-2
1-1
36 (38)
32 (40)
31 (33)
21 (27)
69 (57)
Villanova
19-4
7-3
4-0
10 (12)
13 (14)
11 (13)
15 (22)
25 (31)

 

Team
Top 50 wins
201+ losses
Avg. win
Avg. loss
6
0
125
34
2
0
167
42
3
0
123
57
2
1
170
88
0
0
206
40
0
0
173
97
0
2
223
117
0
1
204
90
0
2
219
106
0
0
225
101
1
1
208
100
0
4
249
165
0
2
261
130
0
4
219
150
0
0
180
102
0
5
272
157
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