Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Syracuse Basketball: Fun With Statistics

The Syracuse Orange men's basketball team will face off against Cornell Tuesday night at 7 pm. The Big Red are a far cry from last year's Sweet 16 team.....and by far cry I mean they aren't very good. So while the Orange have struggled at times to score, become a cohesive unit and a settle into a true rotation, I expect them to take care of their neighbors rather handily.

Based on the Legend's Classic games, it appears the rotation right now is Fab Melo, Rick Jackson, Kris Joseph, Brandon Triche, and Scoop as the starters with Dion Waiters, C.J Fair, and Baye Moussa Keita coming off the bench.

So after 6 games, let's take a quick look at some stats you might not be aware of:

- Rick 'Action' Jackson is average 13 rebounds a game. While it's unlikely he'll keep that pace up, if he does, it will be the highest rebounds per game average since Bill Smith in the 1970-71 season.

- Only two guys, Jackson and Kris Joseph, are averaging more than 30 minutes per game.

- Scoop is leading the team with 7.0 assists per game. The last SU player to average more than 7 assits per game was Lazurus Sims in the 1995-96 season.

- Baye Moussa Keita is averaging almost twice as many minutes (21 to 12) as Feb Melo.

- James Southerland is shooting a less than robust .217 from the field, including 3-15 from behind the three point stripe. You'll notice he was not in the listed rotation above.

- Conversely C.J Fair is leading all regular rotation guys with a .545 shooting percentage. You'll notice he is.

- Besides C.J. Fair who is 1 for 1, Mookie Jones leads the team in 3 point shooting percentage at .444. Mookie hasn't seen much playing time, although I'm personally pulling for him. He's the team's best shooter and I think he'll be able to help as the season goes along. I hope he gets a chance.

So there you have it, if I get around to it, I'll try and pull some interesting numbers as the season progresses.

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