and with helpful analysis from co-blogger MUTPM, it is apparent that MU is not ready for it's closeup. Wanna get nervous? Check out these stats:
- - MU is 328th in the nation at defending the three-pointer. Opponents are shooting an astonishing 43.4% from 3-point range against MU. Only Rutgers is worse in the Big East;
- - MU is 249th in the nation in FT%;
- - MU turns the ball over on more than 20% of its possessions -- 123rd 'best' in the nation, but still better than nearly 2/3 of the teams out there.
On the positive side of the ledger with Pomeroy's stats:
- - MU is 16th in the country in ORB percentage-- a good sign of aggressive play;
- - MU is 5th in the nation in steals percentage (better than 16%);
- - MU's defense is 4th best in the nation at forcing turnovers.
On balance these numbers are ugly, but its early.....still, for a guard-oriented team I expected to note greater success with shooting percentages, FTs, and turnover percentage.
Pomeroy has MU stats updated through the NDSU game -- check out the MU page.
If the numbers are Greek to you, check out this post which explains the individual stats.
Here is a link to the Big Ten Wonk's explanation of tempo-free stats.