Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Crunchy Numbers: Highs and lows so far this season

Including some notable facts and figures about each team so far this season.

Crunchy Numbers: Highs and lows so far this season


To give this week's post a little more spice, here are some notable facts and figures about each team so far this season.

- The Dragons rank 107th in the nation in three-point percentage made, and No. 1 in the country in three-point percentage defense.
- Chris Fouch ranks 24th in the nation in percentage of his team's shots taken. Fouch has fired 33.8 percent of Drexel's field goal attempts this season.
- The Explorers rank 20th in offensive rebounding percentage gained, but 276th in offensive rebounding percentage given up.
- Jerrell Williams has the 33rd-highest percentage of possessions used in the country. As defined by Ken Pomeroy, the statistic "simply 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 Quakers rank 61st in two-point offense, but 317th in two-point defense.
- Jack Eggleston has the fourth-highest percentage of possible minutes played of any player in the country. He has played in 94.5 percent of the possible minutes this season.
- The Hawks rank 262nd in the nation in effective field goal percentange, but 43rd in blocks per 100 ppossessions. Effective field goal percentage is measured by giving made three-point field goals a 50 percent bonus.
- C.J. Aiken has the 15th-best individual block percentage, which is defined by Pomeroy as "the percentage of opponents’ two-point shots that are blocked by the player while he is on the court."
- The Owls rank 19th in the nation in two-point defense, and 34th in turnovers given up per 100 possessions.
- Rahlir Jefferson has the 11th-best effective field goal percentage in the country at 69.4 percent.
- The Wildcats rank 19th in the nation in defensive efficiency and 24th in offensive efficiency.
- Maalik Wayns has the 18th-best assist rate in the nation at 38.2 percent. Assist rate is defined by Pomeroy as "assists divided by the field goals made by the player’s teammates while he is on the court."

Big 5
78 (87)
51 (25)
43 (33)
89 (83)
198 (114)
La Salle
132 (123)
175 (131)
160 (145)
212 (188)
102 (47)
205 (180)
162 (141)
181 (148)
253 (246)
122 (162)
St. Joseph's
153 (172)
140 (121)
151 (173)
146 (182)
56 (30)
34 (29)
17 (15)
32 (23)
19 (15)
23 (27)
12 (13)
18 (34)
21 (25)
24 (39)
143 (199)

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