The elite eight: Updated win shares for the undefeated teams

The past ten days has been rough on undefeated teams, as we've gone from 15 to 8. One thing that illustrates is just how difficult it is to make it through a regular season unscathed. The team with the highest probability of winning them all (Florida) fell on the road to Arizona. And the team […]

Beyond the block: Jeff Withey vs other elite shot blockers

Who doesn't love to see a good swat? A ball spiked into the stands? The players go nuts. The fans go nuts. Meanwhile, the coaches quietly shake their head. The value of a blocked shot depends on what happens after it occurs. Which team gains possession? A block into the stands just means the opposition […]

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 […]

Inside the boxscore: FSU 63, ULM 48

1. Sophomore Trent Mackey is a Florida kid who was passed over by all of the Florida schools. He ended up at Louisiana Monroe. He played two games in Florida as a freshman (at FIU and at FAU) and set his career best with 7 assists against Florida International. He also made 4-7 3s in […]

This week in extreme voting: Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News

As always, thanks to Pollspeak for providing the ballots. Lousiville: At No. 2, I have no problem with this. Yes, it's higher than almost everyone else, but their only loss is to No. 1 Duke. Now Percy Allen, there's a problem. Butler: Wilner is the only voter who has Butler ranked higher than 13th. Butler […]

The run: Arizona steals one from the Gators

Entering yesterday's matchup with Arizona, the Florida Gators hadn't trailed beyond the first five minutes in any game this season. And that same pattern held true – well, at least for the first 39:53. Now the Gators have played from behind for a grand total of one second half possession, and because of that they […]

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 […]

Arizona stuns Florida

For the first 7 games (and 39:53 into this one) the Florida Gators never once trailed past the 15:00 minute mark of the 1st half. In other words, they've played virtually the entire season with the lead. Tonight was no different as the Gators took the lead with 17:31 left in the 1st. They built […]

Diagramming Indiana’s breakdown at the end of the half

Indiana has been devoting a lot of resources toward stopping Butler's Rotnei Clarke, and with good reason – Clarke is one of the best shooters in the country and is currently hitting 45% of his threes. But on this inbounds play at the buzzer, that attention cost them three points. Here's how the play was […]

And then there were 11: Updated win shares for the undefeated

The past couple days have been rough for undefeated teams. Wichita State was beaten by Tennessee on Thursday, and then last night Miami rolled Charlotte, and LSU (the most unlikely of the undefeated teams) was blown out at Boise State. This leaves 11 teams with a perfect record. If you aren't sure what win shares […]

On DePaul and the end of the world

You might have noticed that DePaul (7-3) executed a quality win, 78-61, over Arizona State last night for their fifth straight victory, but what's more interesting is that Cleveland Melvin scored 12 points. You see, Melvin wears No. 12, and yesterday was Dec. 12 (12/12/12), as I'm sure you're tired of hearing. Evan Gordon, Jahii […]

Inside the boxscore: Anderson 65, College of Charleston 49

1. The College of Charleston, picked in the preseason to finish just behind Davidson in the Southern Conference, was playing Division II Anderson University. They lost. To be fair, Anderson is good Division II team, and should play most of the season in the DII top 20. 2. Junior Chandler Hash, a transfer from South […]