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Study Hall: Tennessee 59, Missouri 51

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Your Trifecta: Shamburger-Wright-Isabell.

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Your Season Trifecta totals: J3 22 points, Shamburger 21, Clark 15, Teki 13, Wright eight, Isabell six, Gant six, Allen five, Rosburg two, Post four. By class: freshmen 37, sophomores 37, seniors 20, juniors two.

I was in Oklahoma this weekend, in a house without SEC Network, so I didn't see one second of this game. On these rare occasions, I'll ask questions for the crowd instead of providing any major analysis.

Tennessee 59, Missouri 51

Mizzou
Tennessee
Pace (No. of Possessions) 58.3
Points Per Possession (PPP) 0.88 1.01
Points Per Shot (PPS) 0.93 1.20
2-PT FG% 36.4% 44.4%
3-PT FG% 36.4% 23.1%
FT% 50.0% 90.0%
True Shooting % 44.2% 51.0%
Mizzou Tennessee
Assists 12 8
Steals 5 6
Turnovers 14 11
Ball Control Index (BCI)
(Assists + Steals) / TO
1.21 1.27
Mizzou Tennessee
Expected Offensive Rebounds 12.8 11.0
Offensive Rebounds 12 11
Difference -0.8 +0.0
  • Question No. 1: who was more responsible for the absurdly slow pace (58 possessions)? To my eye, Mizzou seems to play better when ramping up the tempo a bit (though I might be seeing that with biased eyes since I haaaaaate basketball that ridiculously slow), but the Tigers rank just 267th in Adj. Tempo for the season. Tennessee, meanwhile, ranks 321st. Was Mizzou making any major effort to push the ball up the court, or were they letting Tennessee dictate the pace?

  • Question No. 2: Tennessee blocked six shots, and Mizzou attempted just six free throws. Johnathan Williams III and Jakeenan Gant attempted zero. Simple lack of physicality, I guess? Something else?

Mizzou Player Stats

(Definitions at the bottom of the post.)

Player
AdjGS GmSc/Min Line
Keith Shamburger 15.9 0.40 40 Min, 8 Pts (2-7 FG, 2-7 3PT, 2-2 FT), 6 Reb (1 Off), 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 PF
Namon Wright 15.8 0.66 24 Min, 13 Pts (5-10 FG, 3-7 3PT), 4 Reb (3 Off), 1 TO, 1 PF
Tramaine Isabell 8.9 0.69 13 Min, 8 Pts (3-3 FG, 2-2 3PT), 1 Reb (1 Off), 1 Ast, 3 TO, 1 PF
Jakeenan Gant 8.2 0.43 19 Min, 6 Pts (3-7 FG), 1 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk, 2 TO, 1 PF
Wes Clark 4.4 0.13 35 Min, 5 Pts (2-11 FG, 1-5 3PT, 0-1 FT), 5 Reb (1 Off), 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 TO, 3 PF
Keanau Post 4.4 0.37 12 Min, 2 Pts (1-1 FG, 0-1 FT), 4 Reb
Johnathan Williams III 3.9 0.14 28 Min, 8 Pts (4-9 FG), 6 Reb (3 Off), 1 Ast, 4 TO, 2 PF
D'Angelo Allen -4.0 -0.20 20 Min, 1 Pts (0-3 FG, 1-2 FT), 1 Reb (1 Off), 1 Ast, 1 TO, 3 PF
Montaque Gill-Caesar -7.5 -0.84 9 Min, 0 Pts (0-4 FG, 0-1 3PT), 1 Reb (1 Off), 1 TO, 3 PF
Player Usage% Floor% Touches/
Poss.
%Pass %Shoot %Fouled %T/O
Keith Shamburger 11% 41% 3.0 67% 20% 13% 0%
Namon Wright 26% 39% 1.5 0% 91% 0% 9%
Tramaine Isabell 26% 48% 3.1 50% 25% 0% 25%
Jakeenan Gant 26% 35% 3.7 57% 34% 0% 10%
Wes Clark 20% 21% 3.1 55% 34% 7% 3%
Keanau Post 7% 66% 0.9 0% 30% 70% 0%
Johnathan Williams III 26% 28% 2.3 31% 48% 0% 21%
D'Angelo Allen 14% 15% 2.4 40% 21% 32% 7%
Montaque Gill-Caesar 31% 0% 1.9 0% 80% 0% 20%
  • Three-for-seven from 3-point range with more offensive rebounds than Post, Allen, and Gant combined? Boy, you hate to waste that kind of performance from Namon Wright. Unfortunately, Mizzou needed one more guy to show up. (Or, in Tramaine Isabell's case, he needed to show up in practice so that he'd be allowed to play in the first half...)

  • D'Angelo Allen's last four games: 8 points (3-12 FG, 0-3 3PT). He's gonna need to break through that freshman wall a bit.

  • Question No. 3: How did Teki look? Awfully the stat line was horrendous, but how fluid was he? Was he just rusty, or was he still favoring his back a bit?

  • Question No. 4: How was Wes Clark's shot selection? I like that he tries to take over in close games, but ... well, there are acceptable 2-for-11 performances (decent shots, just not falling) and there are unacceptable 2-for-11 performances (bad shots).

Summary

So yeah, four questions: Tempo, physicality, Teki, Clark's shots. Give me your input in comments. Meanwhile, we'll see if Mizzou can at least play better against A&M...

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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.

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 an offensively limited center, 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.