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Projecting the Patriot League

Thanks to the excellent work of Dan Hanner, we’re aware that no other mid-major conference returns more experience than the Patriot League.

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Do Returning Possession Minutes (RPMs) Explain Anything?

When looking at preseason projections one thing we’ve tended to use here at Big Apple Buckets is returning possession minutes (RPMs). The idea of the statistic, which is calculated by adding up the total of each player’s minutes percentage and possession percentage, is that it really tells you what’s coming back.

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Patriot League Tempo-Free, Simulations, and an All-Conference Rant

The Patriot League tournament has been paired down to eight teams (sorry Loyola and Navy) and the action continues this evening. To help make sense of the madness, John was kind enough to run 10,000 simulations for this tournament to determine who has the best chance at earning the NCAA’s automatic bid. But first, a […]

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Bucknell Continues to Improve Under Dave Paulsen

The 2013-14 season has handed Bucknell more conference losses (seven) than in the previous three Patriot League seasons combined (five). After finishing 36th in the country in defensive efficiency last season, Bucknell’s attack on that end of the floor has been far closer to average.

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Tempo-Free Patriot League: A Three Team Race

Two Saturdays ago American had just won their tenth straight Patriot League game under the direction of Mike Brennan. The Princeton offensive system was working! Or at least that’s what everybody waxed poetic about.

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Mike Brennan’s Defense a Major Reason For American’s Success

When you bring up American University basketball these days, most people want to talk about the Princeton offense. They prefer to discuss the offensive system that’s been responsible for American’s pristine ball movement, crisp backdoor cuts, and near flawless execution.

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Tempo-Free Patriot League: The Top Three Are Legit

With six regular season conference games in the books, now is the perfect time to break out the first ever edition of the Tempo Free Patriot League! There have been some major surprises (Army, American, Lafayette) thus far, but what do the tempo free numbers tell us? Let’s dive right in. Efficiency Margin (Offensive Efficiency – […]

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Examining Navy’s Offensive Issues Without Tilman Dunbar

You likely heard the announcement that Navy point guard Tilman Dunbar will miss the remainder of his sophomore season due to a violation of Naval Academy rules. Bill Wagner, the Capital Gazette beat writer for Navy, broke the news on Wednesday morning. While Dunbar won’t don a Navy basketball uniform through March, he’ll remain at […]

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Army’s Zach Spiker Taking Success One Game at a Time

You won’t typically find a head coach in the middle of his team’s warm-up fray, but there was Army’s Zach Spiker 12 minutes before game time. Sans a suit jacket, the 37-year old head coach was barking encouragement and vigorously clapping his hands as his Black Knights went through their pre-game routine this past Saturday afternoon. The fire and excitement […]

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Patriot League Roundup – January 5

It’s time to recap the second day of the Patriot League season. There were plenty of interesting match-ups on the first Sunday of 2014. Boston University 67, Lehigh 66 The Terriers narrowly escaped a victory when Lehigh’s Jesse Chuku missed a three-pointer late, as Boston University held off a young, feisty Lehigh squad for their […]

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