Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Fo Shizzle, The Grizzle

This blog has posted a couple times on UWM's passing compared to their shooting. In that vacuum, one is only able to to compare UWM to its past self. So this blog decided it would get an entire hold on some more passing statistics for your perusal. Here's the data from the Oakland-Marquette game tonight.

Leading off, Oakland:

G Rick Billings 0 shots, 3 passes
F Shane Lawal 0 shots, 2 passes
F Patrick McCloskey 1 shot every 22 passes (1 and 22)
G Jonathon Jones 1 shot every 7.91 passes (11 and 87)
F Derick Nelson 1 shot every 6.80 passes (5 and 35)
F Vova Severovas 1 shot every 4.33 passes (3 and 13)
G Keith MacKenzie 1 shot every 3 passes (1 and 3)
G Brandon Cassise 1 shot every 2.33 passes (9 and 21)
G Erik Kangas 1 shot every 1.67 passes (15 and 25)
C Shawn Hopes 1 shot every 1.17 passes (6 and 7)

And the shooting percentages:

Kangas 40.0%
Cassise 33.3%
Hopes 33.3%
Severovas 33.3%
Jones 27.3%
Nelson 20.0%
MacKenzie 0.0%
McCloskey 0.0%
(Lawal and Billings did not shoot)

This is pretty balanced, MacKenzie missed his only shot and didn't pass much, but he passed more than he shot and there weren't any "ball-hog-esque" statistics that stood out. (What did stand out was Jones's 87 passes, obviously he's the point guard and the offense runs through him)

Let's get Marquette's up here.

Lawrence Blackledge 0 shots, 2 passes
Tommy Brice 0 shots, 2 passes
David Cubillan 1 shot every 7.67 passes (3 and 23)
Dominic James 1 shot every 3.07 passes (14 and 43)
Dan Fitzgerald 1 shot every 3 passes (2 and 6)
Jerel McNeal 1 shot every 2.67 passes (9 and 24)
Wesley Matthews 1 shot every 2.43 passes (7 and 17)
Lazar Hayward 1 shot every 1.5 passes (4 and 6)
Ousmane Barro 1 shot every 0.71 passes (7 and 5)
Dwight Burke 1 shot, 0 passes
Jamil Lott 2 shots, 0 passes

MU Shooting Percentages:

Ousmane Barro 71.4%
Jerel McNeal 66.7%
David Cubillan 66.7%
Dominic James 57.1%
Wesley Matthews 57.1%
Lazar Hayward 50.0%
Dan Fitzgerald 50.0%
Jamil Lott 50.0%
Dwight Burke 0.0%
(Lawrence Blackledge and Tommy Brice did not shoot)

Aside from the ridiculously high shooting percentages, the only thing that really stands out for Pun City is seeing that Barro, Burke, and Lott all shot more than they passed. These are the forwards for MU, and clearly it shows Marquette doesn't like to pass out of the post. Given the shooting percentage MU had from those 3 (combined 60%), it's understandable that they prefer the shot (except for Burke, but he only had 1 shot).

Marquette seems to be the model that most teams are looking for, where guards have the most passes per shot, the frontcourt has a high shooting percentage, and no one really is a "black hole" that shoots poorly.

Incidentally, Marquette won the game 80-62 despite being outpassed 217-128. More passing doesn't guarantee a win, but this blog would say that Oakland was able to stay closer than they would have had they not been sharing the ball effectively.

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Anonymous Wells said...

Holy crap, I can't believe you tracked all the passes for the game. That's awesome.

8:00 AM  
Blogger Marketing Sensei said...

Yea, apparently you just innudate your readers with so many statistics and jargon that we're just forced to agreeing. Rather than reading all of those numbers, I'll just say "you're absolutely right, PC."

Honestly, I kind of trailed off after Patrick Mcsomething and then was forced to finish my drink.

10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the words of Lee Corso: "Not so fast!"

The only situation when a post player should have more shots than passes is if he's dominating, and the other team refuses to double him when he receives the ball (i.e. Butch v. Pitt).

I vivedly recall watching the Kentucky v. Louisville game last week, when the announcers commented throughout the game that in today's offenses, post players should be the team assist leaders. This is because there are so many opportunities to kick it out to open shooters when the double-team drops in.

Boo-ya, Grandma.

- Moike

5:56 AM  

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