Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: Zags Defense Ranking

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Posts
    640

    Default Zags Defense Ranking

    GU has played 36 games so far, so it was easy to do some math dividing the season into 3rds (12 games each).

    First third took us through Dec 20- Our defense gave up 96.9 points per 100 possessions (adjusted for opponents, via Kenpom) - good enough for 60th nationally.

    The middle third (12-21 to Feb 8) gave up 90.9 points per 100 possessions - which would rank 11th nationally.

    In the final 12 games ( Feb 9-Now) we have given up an opponent adjusted 86.7 points per 100 possessions. That number for the year would be 3rd behind just Texas Tech and Michigan.

    Since our lost to Tennessee (combine the 2nd and 3rd segments), this has been a top-6 defense, and it has gotten better recently.

    Go Zags!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    2,731

    Default

    That's some sweet analysis. Thanks! And I wonder how TT's offense has been trending if broken up similarly.
    “We’re not here as a %&#* courtesy!" - Coach Few

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    17,630

    Default

    With Tillie going full throttle, we might be the best team in the country.
    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
    Mark Twain.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    9,083

    Default

    This is what I was trying to say in another thread. Everyone wants to talk about TTUs defense (and rightfully so) but ours is just as good, believe me. And our offense is better. Zags are right there. Time to play some more great defense
    21 Straight Big Dances

    11 Straight Round of 32s

    10 Sweet Sixteens (5 Straight)

    4 Elite Eights

    2017 FINAL FOUR

    2 Winningest Players in college basketball history (Karnowski 137, Perkins 134)

    The Best Point Guard to ever play the game: John Stockton, most assists, most steals.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Posts
    7,116

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by DixieZag View Post
    With Tillie going full throttle, we might be the best team in the country.
    Tillie Tough... i’m On board this train.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Spokane, Wa.
    Posts
    666

    Default

    - these numbers do not surprise me, given how well they have played recently.
    - the rebounding, once a weakness is a strength, they out rebounded both Baylor and fsu.

    - lets give credit to the coaches, and to the players for their hard work.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Colville, Wa.
    Posts
    13,835

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by GonzaGAW View Post
    -

    - lets give credit to the coaches, and to the players for their hard work.

    This!!
    This post is for March Madness seeding purposes only.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    13,136

    Default

    So much of GU's NCAA tournament success over the past 5 years really correlates with the program's commitment to changing the defensive culture.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    9,083

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by CDC84 View Post
    So much of GU's NCAA tournament success over the past 5 years really correlates with the program's commitment to changing the defensive culture.
    Yup no question about it. All started with that 2013 team. I know that team gave us a bad taste in our mouths to end that season, but that team showed we could play both sides of the court. Something we didn’t see at all the prior years..
    21 Straight Big Dances

    11 Straight Round of 32s

    10 Sweet Sixteens (5 Straight)

    4 Elite Eights

    2017 FINAL FOUR

    2 Winningest Players in college basketball history (Karnowski 137, Perkins 134)

    The Best Point Guard to ever play the game: John Stockton, most assists, most steals.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Vancouver, WA
    Posts
    56,447

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by GonzaGAW View Post
    - lets give credit to the coaches, and to the players for their hard work.
    I heard Few on ESPN today and he said that the coaches challenged the team on their defense earlier this year - said that Final Four teams have defenses in the top 15 and challenged them to get the defense there. And boy have they. The difference in effort and discipline on that end of the floor is clear to see.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Philadelphia Suburb
    Posts
    2,862

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by DixieZag View Post
    With Tillie going full throttle, we might be the best team in the country.
    No Doubt.
    They are as good as the Nova Team last year. This time last year, Nova took out T.Tech by 12 in the Elite 8 game (1 seed vs 3 seed)

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    721

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ZagMan in Philly View Post
    No Doubt.
    They are as good as the Nova Team last year. This time last year, Nova took out T.Tech by 12 in the Elite 8 game (1 seed vs 3 seed)
    Nova struggled mightily vs their defense. Scoring was a major issue.

    Villanova shot 33% FG for the game.

    Here is how they beat Tech:

    -- they out rebounded Tech by 17

    -- they shot 35 FT's, & made 30 of them (Tech shot 18)

    -- they collected 20 offensive rebounds

    I remember that game well. Nova was out of rhythm offensively, and really couldn't buy an open shot...or make them. They used their offensive firepower to draw fouls at a high clip, and felt like they rebounded like crazy. They nearly doubled them up on the glass and FT's.

    I feel we will need to do the same. Control rebounding. No matter how tough their defense is, we can still control the glass. And draw fouls, Texas Tech takes a ton of risks with being handsy, and drawing charges. It doesn't always go in their favor (depends how the refs are calling it). Expect a ton of Tech players to fall down off Rui, Tillie, and Clarke moves. Hope we are the beneficiary today. Villanova was. Nearly half of Nova's points came at charity stripe.
    Last edited by Therunner; 03-30-2019 at 07:31 AM.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •