Monday, November 11, 2013
St. Francis (PA) 60, Navy 57
You’d think Navy would get a boost on Veterans Day, no? No? Apparently not, or at least not enough. The Midshipmen (0-2) hung around for all 40 minutes in what was a remarkably close game. Neither side led by more than six points at any point. Navy, though, will be upset despite showing noticeable improvement just three days after a 27-point drubbing at Towson, because the Midshipmen held that six-point lead early in the second half and could never extend it. The Red Flash bounced back after their own 20-point loss, riding a highly efficient scoring performance from freshman Malik Harmon (20 points on 5-of-7 shooting, 8-of-10 FT). And St. Francis (1-1) needed every bit of those 20 points to overcome Navy’s industry on the boards (plus-23 percent rebounding, or 123 TRB%*).
Note: TRB% is total rebounding percentage, a better (more accurate) way to describe how well (or how poorly) a team rebounds in a given game (or a given season). It’s pretty straightforward: if offensive rebounding percentage (ORB%) is the percentage of available offensive rebounds secured by a team, and defensive rebounding percentage (DRB%) is the percentage of available defensive rebounds secured by a team, then TRB% is just ORB% + DRB%. 100 is average. In Navy’s case, 123 is an excellent figure for a single game. Note that over the course of a full season, teams will naturally trend closer to 100. The best rebounding team by TRB% last year was NCAA Round of 32 partipant Colorado State, clocking in at 118.2 for a full-season.
One of the ongoing side projects here at OBW is to add a handy-dandy glossary page of abbreviations commonly used on the site, including those for advanced stats. Over the course of the season you should see that page show up and grow. We hope it proves a helpful reference.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Robert Morris 90, Lafayette 81
The tyranny of schools named after people continued this evening, as Robert Morris… oh, right, Lafayette is also named after a person. Perhaps the tyranny of the NEC fits more closely. In any case, Robert Morris (2-0) hit the points jackpot at Lafayette (0-2), with five players reaching double figures in scoring and two others finishing with 8 points apiece. The Fightin’ Marquis – er, Leopards – were no slouches themselves on offense, led by 2012-13 Patriot League All-Rookie Team member Bryce Scott and his 25 points. But after building an 11-point lead by the 14-minute mark of the second half, the Colonials came roaring (hey, that’s the Leopards’ verb!) back, scoring 42 points in those final 14 minutes (yes, that’s equivalent to a made 3 every minute). An opening loss to Villanova was expected; losing the home opener, even to a quality program like Robert Morris, will sting a bit more sharply for a team picked to finish second in this year’s Patriot League coaches poll.
Lehigh 92, Rider 76
Speaking of scoring, how about shooting nearly 60 percent from the field? Lehigh (1-1) did that, and broke the 60 percent mark from 3 (14-of-23) in the first home game and first win of the Mountain Hawks’ post-C.J. McCollum era. Freshman Austin Price lost no momentum after picking up this season’s first Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors, pouring in 21 points. He had plenty of help though, as Jesse Chuku (18 points, 4-of-4 from 3), Tim Kempton (16 points), and Mackey McKnight (14 points). Rider (0-1) fought hard in its season opener, and held its own on the glass and by taking care of the ball, but the rims at Stabler Arena must have looked five feet wide to the Mountain Hawks after coming back from Minnesota.