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*Notable Team Statistical Rankings - NCAA - SEC*
- #5 in Steals Per Game
- #33 in Blocks Per Game
- #20 in Rebounds Per Game
- #33 in Assist Per Game
- #41 in Points Per Game
- #81 in Three Point Percentage
- #104 in Field Goal Percentage
- #1 in Steals Per Game
- #2 in Assist Per Game
- #2 in Rebounds Per Game
- #3 in Three Point Percentage
- #4 in Blocks Per Game
- #5 in Points Per Game
- #6 in Field Goal Percentage
*Notable Individual Statistical Rankings - NCAA - SEC*
- #1 in the Nation in Steals Per Game
- #1 in the SEC in Steals Per Game
- #6 in the SEC in Assist Per Game
- #27 in the Nation in Steals Per Game
- #3 in the SEC in Steals Per Game
- #8 in the SEC in Assist Per Game
- #70 in the Nation in Rebounds Per Game
- #4 in the SEC in Rebounds Per Game
- #10 in the SEC in Steals Per Game
- #9 in the SEC in Blocks Per Game
- #6 in the SEC in Rebounds Per Game
Andrew Del Piero
- #89 in the Nation in Blocks Per Game
- #5 in the SEC in Blocks Per Game
- A few things really stand out to me. First, Tuba has went from a band walk-on to a player that is now in the Top 100 in the nation in a statistical category and Top 10 in the SEC. The development of this kid has been nothing less than remarkable and while he won't win the Naismith anytime soon, I for one really appreciate his story.
- Second, Shavon Coleman is really a poor man's Noel Nerlins, in the sense that he can literally do it all. Blocks, Steals, Rebounds, Points...it doesn't matter. He is amazing how quiet he is on the court, and before you know it, he has a double double.
- Despite the fact that this team does not have a single player in the Top 100 nationally or Top 10 in the SEC in terms of three point percentage, we are in both categories as a team. It really speaks to the ability of the team to play as a well-rounded entity, rather than just 1-2 standout players doing everything.
- Its easy to knock these statistics and point to them being generated in non-conference, but keep in mind that with the exception of maybe Kentucky or Mizzou, no one has played a brutal non-conference schedule. Furthermore, we are one of the few teams that haven't looked AWFUL in non-conference play. Auburn losing to Winthrop, Alabama losing to Mercer AND Tulane, Texas A&M losing to Southern, and Tennessee struggling to score 40 points are just a few examples. I think this gives some validity to how our stats may stack up in the SEC.
- In his first year, Coach Johnny Jones has this team performing in or near the Top 100 Nationally and in the Top 5 in the SEC in almost every category. His system has four players nationally ranked and the talent we have coming in next year may be better than what we currently have. Free throws we won't speak of, but we are improving there as well. We are easily defeating teams we should beat and competitive in toss up games. We pull it together to finish opponents when we have a big lead and we claw our way back when we are down against tough opponents. There is a lot of heart and fight in this squad, and as many have said, it is a reflection of the guy commanding things from the bench. It is really pleasant to see a team that performs just as well on the court as it does on the stat sheet, and we will only get better in the coming years.
- How bad does losing Ricardo Gaithers hurt us this year?
- Geaux Tigers
ETA - We are 33rd in blocks.
This post was edited by FamousAmos 15 months ago
great post......i really agree about coleman. i love how he plays, great energy/hustle.
Great post. I haven't been following college basketball much this year besides LSU so I was surprised to read Alabama lost to Tulane and A&M lost to Southern. wow. Maybe we can take advantage of a weak league this year.
This post was edited by lakechucktiger 15 months ago
I watched the A&M lost to Southern. Worst basketball game I have ever seen.
What stands out to me are the team rebounding ranks. Surprising for a team so thin on the front line.
Yea CJJ really has stressed that. Its not uncommon to see 2-3 players fighting (eachother) for every ball
Coach Jones has never had a team finish outside the top 3 in their conference in rebounds. He is a rebound fanatic. He practices it all the time. It shows up before games in drills on the court and is a major speaking point after every game. No matter who is out there on the front line he will make sure they rebound.
Rebounding is 80% positioning. I don't know where that stat came from. OK I made it up. I do know positioning is key to being a good rebounder. Opponents can't go through you or over you. Read the ball get in position. I like that JJ is stressing this I hate to see alack of effort on rebounds. Now lets goo teach free throws.
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