Jeff Withey, Kansas, and how being big will never go out of style

Few things are more certain in life that the Kansas basketball program.  Players come and go, but the Jayhawks are always one of the best teams in the country.  Last season, Bill Self’s team managed well through a “down year” and ended up making the NCAA title game.  This season, even after losing their two […]

How Ohio State Shut Down the Michigan Offense

Coming into Sunday’s matchup against Ohio State, the Michigan Wolverines had the number one rated offense according to the Pomeroy ratings.  John Beilein’s team had scored more than one point per possession in every game they had played, with their lowest scoring rate coming in the previous game against Nebraska, when the Wolverines had dropped […]

The Return of the Duke Defense

Last season was a relatively disappointing one for the Duke Blue Devils.  While they were good, they were not as good as we are used to expecting from Mike Krzyzewski’s teams.  The Blue Devils failed to win 30 games for the first time in several years, still earned a two seed, but ended up losing […]

Assists around college basketball

When we look at assists, we tend to look at them in one way; we look at which players are credited with the most assists.  For example, Michael Carter-Williams of Syracuse leads Division I with 147 assists, while Ohio point guard D.J. Cooper currently leads the nation in assist rate, assisting on 53 percent of […]

The Arizona Wildcats and their stressful relationship with the three ball

The Arizona Wildcats are 14-0, but some of the games have been more exciting than they would have hoped.  In the last week, Sean Miller’s team has beaten Colorado and Utah in tight contests at home.  Beating Colorado took a furious comeback and a bit of luck — officials waved off a buzzer beater by […]

Altering Shots at the Rim: The Silent Effect of a Shot Blocker

"Isaiah is not only going to block a lot of shots, he's going to alter shots and make people think twice about their shots."  — Baylor Coach Scott Drew, on his freshman center Isaiah Austin (, May 23, 2012). It is commonly accepted that great shot blockers do more than just block shots.  They also […]

Shot distributions of the AP top 10 basketball teams

The best teams are typically the best for a reason.  One of the things that makes some teams better than others is shot distribution.  Better offenses generally get better shots, while better defenses typically force their opponents into poorer shots.  Shot distribution is easy to measure.  Play-by-play logs compiled during college basketball games place shots […]

St. Mary’s incredible shot distribution

Randy Bennett took over as the head coach at St. Mary’s in 2001, and his first few seasons in Moraga, California weren’t anything special.  That first year, the Gaels posted a 9-20 record, and they followed it up with a 15-15 mark a season later.  In Bennett’s third season the Gaels  finally won more games […]

How Butler Slowed Down the Indiana Offense

When the final horn sounded in Indianapolis on Saturday afternoon, the Butler Bulldogs rushed the floor and mobbed Alex Barlow.  This was with good reason; the previously unknown guard had rattled home the game winning shot only seconds before.  It was a happy change of pace.  Brad Stevens' team has spent the previous two hours […]