Villanova by the Numbers on Fordham

I’ve been impressed with the graphs over at Villanova by the Numbers all offseason and a first look at the Atlantic 10 didn’t disappoint. While the curves don’t reveal anything too shocking for Fordham, they’re worth checking out. The offensive plateau will certainly be worth keeping an eye on this season. Also, scroll down to the Massachusetts graph. It’s the most interesting one yet.

Manhattan’s staff is complete

Steve Masiello rounded out his staff at Manhattan today with the signing of three new coaches to go along with the long holdover, Scott Padgett. (Whose coaching career is sort of just jammed onto the end of his Wikipedia entry.) Chris Burrows over at Chicago College Basketball has more about one of those hires, former DePaul star Rashon Burno. Good luck to Masiello, Burno, Padgett, Matt Grady and Matt Wilson as they start rebuilding the Jaspers.

Value add likes Columbia’s offense

Is it possible that after finishing right around .500 last season, and 6-8 in league play, Columbia might be a team that’s ready to make the leap in the Ivy League? Well, the one metric that seems to support that theory is offense “value add.” (For more background on the stat see this post and Cracked Sidewalks.)

A break down the Ivy League’s returnees through the lens of the statistic suggests that Harvard is going to run away with league crown. The Crimson combined for a very solid overall number of 15.1% value added when you add up all the individual contributions. I haven’t run the numbers for every school, but I bet that’s high even amongst BCS teams. That’s just another reason to watch out for Harvard next season. But it was the second rated team in the Ivy League, Columbia, that really stood out when I looked at the numbers.

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Ivies lead Public Recognition Awards

The NCAA released the Public Recognition Awards for the 2009-10 academic year today. 909 athletic teams that were in the top 10 percent of their sport were recognized for academic achievement. What’s not surprising is that Ivy League dominated the awards.

Yale (23 awards), Brown (22) and Dartmouth (21) led the way. All told the Ivy League had 135 teams recognized. College basketball had 40 teams recognized including seven of the Ancient Eight. The only one not there? Dartmouth.

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Jones and Gomez highlight big day in college basketball

Two big pieces of news broke late on Monday night and both could certainly impact the 2011-12 basketball season. First, Arizona’s Lamont “MoMo” Jones is transferring from Arizona. He averaged 9.7 points and 2.4 assists in 26.7 minutes per game last season for the Wildcats. (Adam Zagoria has a bit more.)

Jones is looking to transfer back to the east coast. The early rumors are that he might find a home at St. John’s, but if he’s looking to drop down a level might Manhattan and new head coach Steve Masiello be able to offer him a comfortable landing spot that can guarantee a lot of playing time? (I think it’s a longshot, but new head coaches due tend to bring roster turnover with them.)

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Who’s the man? Machado vs. Glover

If you look at Iona’s tempo-free profile one thing immediately stands out: The impact that juniors Scott Machado and Michael Glover had on the Gaels’ offense. The two of them used 24.4% and 26.3% of Iona’s possessions respectively when they were on the court. For the season their shot percentages were nearly identical at 22.9% and 22.0%.

But there was a big difference in how the team played when one of them got more shots than the other.

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Could one prep school build a competitive Ivy League roster?

Northfield Mount Hermon is a prep school of 630 students. It also happens to be home to a number of future Ivy League athletes. This season 11 former NMH basketball players will be playing on six different Ivy League teams. Only Penn and Princeton won’t be represented. (And the Quakers had one, but Brian Fitzpatrick transferred to Bucknell before last season.)

That group of players includes guys like Harvard’s Laurent Rivard, Dartmouth’s David Rufful and Brown’s Andrew McCarthy. Which begs the question: How competitive would a team composed entirely of NMH alumni be in the Ivy League? Continue reading