Happy Friday! There was no post last week due to me being out of town. Click here to see what it looked like two weeks ago. Yes, I’m reusing the Marquise gif as the header because it’s awesome. Let’s get to it right now: THE FAVORITE: Jaylen Adams, St. Bonaventure 19.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 2.1 steals, 0.1 blocks 22.5 PER, 27.2% USG, 1.52 PPFGA I’ve spoken my peace on Jaylen in previous posts, so I want to point out something interesting – his shooting percentage is really bad (38.6% from the floor, 47.4% eFG) but he gets to the free throw line so much it doesn’t matter. He’s shooting 9.1 free throws per game in conference and hitting about 80% of them, so he still scores at a very efficient rate compared to the number of shots he takes. SO CLOSE: Marquise Moore, George Mason 16.9 points, 9.9…Continue Reading
Multiple games with multiple gifs in the breakdown for the first time this week! I’m going to jump around between games and try to stay coherent so buckle up. The story of the Fordham game, in the first half anyway, was that the team did a great job of taking advantage of Fordham’s gimmicky trap-heavy defense. Fordham leads the A10 in steals, but that doesn’t mean they’re good defensively. They gamble hard, trapping and sometimes even triple-teaming in an attempt to force turnovers. This can be effective under the right circumstances, but when it doesn’t work it looks really ugly. Here on the first bucket of the game, Marquise turns the corner and is chased by two defenders into the paint. A third defender tries to slide in for the charge, while the other two reach in to try to help. Freeze the gif while Marquise is in the paint…Continue Reading
Happy Friday! Click here for last week’s watch and a quick introduction to the rankings. Since the race is tightening up and there aren’t many surprises, we’ll get right to it today. Last week, it went 1) Jaylen Adams, 2) TJ Cline, and 3) Marquise Moore. This week I’ll make it easier and say they’re all in a tie for first. You can make arguments for each of them, but ultimately the separation is miniscule and each of these guys is a strong finish away from claiming the award. Player of the Year ultimately comes down to one of these guys and everyone else is vying for a spot on the first team. TIED FOR FIRST: Jaylen Adams, St. Bonaventure 18.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 2.4 steals, 0.1 blocks 23.4 PER, 27.7% USG, 1.47 PPFGA Last week I said Jaylen’s place at the top was shaky. Well, he went…Continue Reading
Hello Mason Nation! All the chalk talk this week is from the Davidson game. If I can find a recording of homecoming, that game might find its way onto next week’s breakdown. Let’s get to some stats and notes first. The bench scored 14 points combined in the St. Louis, La Salle, and Davidson games, in which Karmari Newman was suspended and Ian Boyd was suspended for two of the three. The starters scored 231 points in that stretch, or about 94% of our total scoring. The bench was good for 9 points between Karmari and Troy Temara against Fordham. This will hopefully get a little better now that Boyd’s suspension is over and we’re back to full strength, but the lack of bench production really lowers this team’s ceiling. We’ll need more productive and consistent bench contributions if we’re going to make a run in the A10 tournament. Consistent…Continue Reading
Happy Friday! It’s time to check back in on the A10 Player of the Year race. To read my primer on these rankings, click here. If you’re not going to take the bait and give me a click, here’s what we’re trying to do: – Rank A10 POY candidates in the order I currently have them, not to predict who wins what – I heavily favor usage, workload, and efficiency – I’m looking at conference only stats. Why? No reason. My rankings, my rules. – I use PPFGA (points per field goal attempt) instead of TS% of eFG%. PPFGA answers the question you really want to ask, i.e. how many points does a guy score every time he uses a shot attempt? – I’m not trying to be contrarian, but the numbers I’m using will sometimes yield different results than what some other people have. That’s a good thing! There’s…Continue Reading