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Numbers Don't Lie: Offensive ineptitude

Posted on: April 5, 2011 1:16 am
Edited on: April 5, 2011 1:16 am
 

Posted by Jeff Borzello

HOUSTON – Monday night’s title game was critically panned for its lack of excitement, its sloppy play and its general offensive hideousness.

How bad was it? Let’s take a look.

  • There was a stretch in the second half when Butler went 1-for-23 from the field.
  • Butler made three 2-point shots. The Bulldogs were 3-for-31 from inside the arc.
  • In the first half, Butler was just 6-for-27 from the field. However, that number looks terrific compared to its second-half performance. After halftime, the Bulldogs were 6-for-37 from the field – 16.2 percent.
  • For the game, Butler shot 18.8 percent from the field.
  • The two teams combined for 37 offensive rebounds. On the surface, that looks fantastic. Think about the fact that there were 88 missed shots, though, and that number just seems like another example of offensive ineptitude.
  • Connecticut shot 2-for-23 from 3-point range in its last two games. At least the Huskies realized they should stop shooting from the outside, though; Butler went 9-for-33 from deep.
  • Butler’s offensive efficiency for the night was 70.7 – if the Bulldogs had done that for an entire season, they would have ranked last in Division I, by nearly 10 points per possession.
  • On the other side, Connecticut’s offensive efficiency was 91.4 – that would have ranked No. 304 in the country.
  • Butler was outscored in the paint, 26-2.
  • The two teams had 37 offensive rebounds, yet had just 33 second-chance points. Not very efficient.
  • Butler’s free-throw rate of 12.5 would have ranked last in the NCAA by 11 percent. Meanwhile, Connecticut’s free-throw rate of 25.5 percent would have ranked next-to-last.
Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Numbers Don't Lie: Offensive ineptitude

That shot clock idea is terrible.  A 35 second shot clock makes each possession that much more important.  Maybe Butler shouldn't have fallen behind if they didn't want UConn to hold the ball.  And it's not like only Big East teams hold the ball late when they have the lead, so that point is just stupid.

Yes, it was an ugly game, but i'll still take it over the NBA, where the "pick and roll" is considered to be complex offense.



Since: Nov 22, 2010
Posted on: April 5, 2011 2:11 pm
 

Numbers Don't Lie: Offensive ineptitude

AND IT'S NOT BECAUSE THEY PLAY GREAT DEFENSE !!!! PLEASE SPARE THE EFFORT IN TRYING TO CONVINCE ME OF THAT !!!!



Since: Nov 22, 2010
Posted on: April 5, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Numbers Don't Lie: Offensive ineptitude

Why doesnt anybody ever talk about the fact that the shot clock set at 35 seconds is the reason for all of this. How many times does UConn cross midcourt and just sits on the ball between the circles for 10 or more useless seconds because they have the lead?  This is why the Big East was so overrated in the tournament. The fact in conference play they all just do the same thing.  Make these guys put the ball up in the air sooner and we will never have another NCAA Champ. game like this one again.  The women have a 30 second clock for pete's sake !!!



Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 2:56 am
 

Numbers Don't Lie: Offensive ineptitude

Wow, brilliant Jeff.  How long did it take you to come up with this humdinger of an article.  "On the surface that looks fantastic.  Think about the fact that there were 88 missed shots though, and that number just seems like another example of offensive ineptitude."  You really zinged em there - I dont know if anyone else in the country noticed the "ineptitude" that you noticed.  It seems like another example of a kick ass piece of writing.


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