Friday, March 11, 2011

Welcome to Bracketville---Conference Tournaments Week Edition, 3.0

44.5 percent of Belmont’s minutes go to reserves, the fourth-highest total in the nation and by far the highest of any NCAA tournament team. The closest team is Gonzaga, at 39.4 percent. They rank No. 2 nationally in defensive turnover percentage, earning takeaways on 27.6% of possessions.

Butler ranks 75th overall in adjusted defensive efficiency after finishing last season fifth. They allowed more than one point per possession in 10 of 20 Horizon games, compared to just three of 20 during the title-runner-up season.

Old Dominion leads the nation in offensive rebounding percentage, grabbing 45.2 percent of their misses, of which there are many, because they rank 189th in effective field goal percentage

Kenneth Faried (Morehead State) has led the NCAA in per-game rebounding average twice, passed Tim Duncan to become D-I’s all-time leading rebounder, and finished this regular season ranked No. 1 in Player Efficiency Rating.

94.2% of Wisconsin’s possessions are of the half-court variety, averaging an exceptional 1.017 points per possession (PPP).

Wofford forward Noah Dahlman shoots 61.3% from the floor and 74.4% from the line. It may be urban legend, but the claim is that he has never dunked or hit a 3-point shot in college. This season he is one for eight in jump shots.

Long Island University ranks 4th nationally in tempo, 2nd in free-throw rate and 4th in defensive free-throw rate. Most of us will be seeing them for the first time. They’ll be fast, attack the rim and won’t foul.

At 20.3% of points scored via the 3-point shot, UNC-Asheville ranks 324th.

Trailing by 19 in the second half, North Carolina took its only lead of the game on a Tyler Zeller layup at the buzzer to win by two. Miami needed 60 shots to score 59 points (pathetic)---Carolina took 50 shots and nabbed 61 points.

Ohio State needing OT to get by Northwestern exemplifies why the games aren’t played on paper. Is this a great sport---or what? Jared Sullinger needed 18 shots to get his 20 points.

Saturday’s most intriguing game just might be the playoff game for the Ivy League crown between Princeton and Harvard. These two universities first met on the playing fields in 1877. This game, between schools better known for SAT than RPI, is on ESPN3 at 4 PM.

Ole Miss gave Kentucky a real battle…exciting finish. It was a good thing UK’s Doron Lamb got 19 points on just nine shot, as Brandon Knight threw up 18 and got only 17 points for his efforts.

Maryland is a scary matchup for Duke tonight. Jordan Williams ate Duke alive in the two regular season games. In 67 minutes he went 15 for 22 from the line, needed just 24 attempts to score 43 points and pulled down 23 boards (ten offensive). More amazing for a guy his size under the basket, he had only seven fouls in the two games. He’s a very crafty beast. Duke won both games because Williams had very little support---the rest of the team needed 92 shots to score 83 points; and due to the fact that Kyle Singler was making shots with 47 points on 34 attempts along with 16 rebounds. With Singler in a major slump, it could be a long night for the Duke big men and the rest of the weekend off for the Blue Devils. Andre Dawkins and Ryan Kelly need to step up for Duke to take the pressure off Singler.

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