Study Hall: Mizzou 88, Binghamton 59

No photos in the queue for this game, so instead you get another great photo from last week.

Better late than never, right? You may even get a Kansas BTBS post this week! Woohoo!

Your Trifecta: English-Ratliffe-Denmon. Your winner: Mizzoufarmer! Two winners in five games!

First things first: I didn't see a second of this game, as I was driving back from Oklahoma City (and stopping for a seventh trip to Braum's in five days). Here are some of the texts I received from The Beef on my drive...

33-21. UGLY game for Matt Pressey. A little lethargic from the team. There is NO ONE there. Big games for English and Ratliffe.

(At halftime) Dixon and M Pressey were a little sloppy. Denmon has some points but English was the show. The D could actually be a little better.

Dixon and Denmon have not shot well, but I don't think Ratliffe and Moore have missed a FG. 78-49 at under 7 in what may be the fastest game ever.

I'd bet B'hamton has hit 6 or 7 3's in the half. Green with 8 pts. Game will end in just over 90 minutes. MU wins 88-59 and has 3 wins this week by 97 points.

So we'll go ahead and call that my impression of the game as well.

Mizzou 88, Binghamton 59


Mizzou
Bearcats
Pace (No. of Possessions)
66.4
Points Per Minute
2.20
1.48
Points Per Possession (PPP)
1.33
0.89
Points Per Shot (PPS)
1.42
1.28
2-PT FG% 76.7%
55.2%
3-PT FG% 34.4%
41.2%
FT% 60.0%
75.0%
True Shooting % 64.1%
59.6%




Mizzou Bearcats
Assists 23
10
Steals 11
5
Turnovers 6
22
Ball Control Index (BCI)
(Assists + Steals) / TO
5.67
0.68




Mizzou Bearcats
Expected Offensive Rebounds 10
8
Offensive Rebounds 8
5
Difference -2
-3

Some bullet points...

  • Mizzou still held Binghamton to a pretty low per-possession point total, but those shooting numbers are a little higher than I would like to see.
  • That BCI, on the other hand, has to be one of Mizzou's best ever.
  • God, we're taking good shots this year.
  • God, we're not turning the ball over this year.
  • God, we're not fouling this year.

Mizzou Player Stats

(Definitions at the bottom of the post.)

Player
AdjGS GmSc/Min Line
Kim English
23.9
0.89
27 Min, 29 Pts (11-15 FG, 7-10 3PT), 2 Ast
Ricardo Ratliffe
17.8
0.99
18 Min, 18 Pts (7-7 FG, 4-5 FT), 5 Reb (2 Off)
Marcus Denmon
12.5
0.52
24 Min, 13 Pts (5-13 FG, 3-9 3PT), 4 Reb (2 Off), 3 Stl, 2 Ast
Phil Pressey
12.4
0.44
28 Min, 0 Pts (0-0 FG), 11 Ast, 5 Reb, 3 Stl
Kadeem Green
8.7
0.58
15 Min, 8 Pts (3-4 FG, 2-5 FT), 5 Reb (2 Off), 2 Ast
Mike Dixon
8.1
0.28
29 Min, 11 Pts (4-10 FG, 1-6 3PT, 2-2 FT), 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 TO
Steve Moore
5.8
0.31
19 Min, 7 Pts (3-3 FG, 1-2 FT), 2 Ast
Matt Pressey
0.3
0.01
27 Min, 2 Pts (1-6 FG, 0-3 3PT, 0-1 FT), 3 Reb, 2 Stl
Andy Rosburg
0.3
0.10
3 Min, 1 Reb
Jarrett Sutton
-2.5
-0.25
10 Min, 0 Pts (0-4 3PT), 1 Reb
  • If Kim English missed his next 24 3-pointers, he would still be shooting 40% on them for the season.
  • (Please don't do that, Kimmeh.)
  • At some point, Phil Pressey had to have consciously realized "I might get double-digits assists with no field goal attempts. There is no way in hell I'm taking a shot the rest of this game."
  • Look at Kadeem Green! (You could have had double digit points if you made your free throws, KG.)
  • Denmon, Dixon and Matt Pressey combined to shoot 4-for-18 on 3-pointers. Kimmeh alone was able to drag Mizzou's team 3-point% to 34%.
  • How efficient has Ratliffe been this year? He's actually fifth in John Hollinger's PER rating among major conference players with at least 100 minutes.
Player Usage% Floor% Touches/
Poss.
%Pass %Shoot %Fouled %T/O
English
32%
65%
3.1
42%
54%
0%
4%
Ratliffe
30%
71%
2.2
0%
53%
40%
8%
Denmon
29%
36%
3.1
48%
52%
0%
0%
P. Pressey
0%
N/A
6.9
100%
0%
0% 0%
Green
22%
57%
4.2
56%
19%
25%
0%
Dixon
24%
37%
3.3
56%
31%
7%
6%
Moore
14%
66%
2.8
66%
17%
12%
6%
M. Pressey
15%
15%
1.5
42%
43%
8%
7%

To the checklist!

Marcus Denmon's Usage% needs to be 23% or higher. (Yes!)
Kim English's %T/O needs to be at 10% or lower. (Yes!)
Kim English's Floor% should be at 35% or higher. (Yes!)
Ricardo Ratliffe's %Fouled should be at least 10%. (Yes!)
Phil Pressey's Touches/Possession need to be 3.5 or better. (To say the least.)
Mike Dixon's %Pass should be 55% or higher. (Yes!)
Steve Moore's Touches/Possession should be at least 1.0. (Yes!)

A perfect seven-for-seven.

Summary

I'm still struggling to grasp how well Mizzou has played this season. That is all.

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AdjGS: a take-off of the Game Score metric (definition here) accepted by a lot of basketball stat nerds. It takes points, assists, rebounds (offensive & defensive), steals, blocks, turnovers and fouls into account to determine an individual's "score" for a given game. The "adjustment" in Adjusted Game Score is simply matching the total game scores to the total points scored in the game, thereby redistributing the game's points scored to those who had the biggest impact on the game itself, instead of just how many balls a player put through a basket.

Usage%: This "estimates the % of team possessions a player consumes while on the floor" (via). The usage of those possessions is determined via a formula using field goal and free throw attempts, offensive rebounds, assists and turnovers. The higher the number, the more prevalent a player is (good or bad) in a team's offensive outcome. As you would expect, someone like Kim English has a high Usage%, while Steve Moore has an extremely low one.

Floor%: Via Basketball-Reference.com: Floor % answers the question, "when Player X uses a possession, what is the probability that his team scores at least 1 point?". The higher the Floor%, the more frequently the team probably scores when the given player is involved.

Touches/Possession: Using field goal attempts, free throw attempts, assists and turnovers, Touches attempt to estimate "the number of times a player touched the ball in an attacking position on the floor." Take the estimated touches and divide it by the estimated number of possessions for which a player was on the court, and you get a rough idea of how many times a player touched the ball in a given possession. For point guards, you'll see the number in the 3-4 range. For shooting guards and wings, 2-3. For Steve Moore, 1.30. You get the idea.

Anyway, using the Touches figure, we can estimate the percentage of time a player "in an attacking position" passes, shoots, turns the ball over, or gets fouled.

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