|Faried denies Marra at the buzzer|
Like I've said countless times on the blog, we here at SportStatistics love comparisons. Without comparisons, how can you know if one thing is better than another? That seems like a ridiculous question, but think about it--one statistic means nothing. Compared with another statistic, it suddenly gives us a reference point to begin a realistic overall comparison.
Yesterday, teams that won the ball shot 46% from the floor, a noticeably better mark than the 40% the losing teams shot--no real surprise there. Florida and Gonzaga shot the best at 54.7% and 54.9% respectively, with the Zags also shooting the best from beyond the arc (9-15, or 60%). 16-seed UNC-Asheville was the worst shooting team, hitting only 30.9% of their shots against the #1 seeded Pitt Panthers.
|The Bulldogs had a hard time keeping Pitt off the glass|
We're here in Big East territory, and seeing as how 6 Big East teams played yesterday (Pitt, UConn, Cincinnati and WVU won, while St. John's and Louisville lost), I'll run by a few of their numbers as well. Obviously the conference had a 4-2 record overall, with teams making 48% of their shots, a number actually above the average for all teams that had won, while holding opponents to 39% overall. That number was certainly helped out by Pitt's efforts against UNC-Asheville, but it's still quite a large overall difference. The conference as a whole put up an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.34, so right around where we saw all day. So there you have it--a few interesting tidbits to start the day off with. After tomorrow we'll do a full Round 1 recap, and keep this up every day that games are played!