After Tuesday night’s loss at Virginia, the Wolfpack now stands at 5-3 in ACC play. Some of the players in our 6 man rotation are putting up fairly consistent averages in both the wins and losses while others are not. I would like to make the point that I am not calling out any individual players or saying anything negative about them or placing any blame, I’m just reporting some numbers I found interesting (and offering a few theories as to why that may be).
Leslie and Howell are putting up pretty consistent averages in wins and losses in ACC play and Purvis drops off a little bit, mostly in shooting percentage.
15.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, .509 FG%, .677 FT%
15.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 0.0 assists, .500 FG%, .609 FT%
12.2 points, 13.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, .444 FG%, .684 FT%
11.0 points, 13.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, .500 FG%, .750 FT%
11.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists, .500 FG%, .471 3-Pt%, .600 FT%
9.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, .357 FG%, .333 3-Pt%, .500 FT%
Brown’s numbers have a drop off but only playing 10 minutes in the UVA game after being injured accounts for that, although his shooting percentages dip some in the losses.
14.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 9.4 assists, .426 FG%, .500 3-Pt%, .786 FT%
10.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, .387 FG%, .500 3-Pt%, .667 FT%
Unfortunately there are 2 players that have pretty big declines in their numbers from the wins to the losses.
13.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, .455 FG%, .500 3-Pt%, .926 FT%
8.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, .276 FG%, .292 3-Pt%, 1.000 FT%
12.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 0.2 assists, .675 FG%, .400 3-Pt%, .625 FT%
5.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.0 assists, .308 FG%, .000 3-Pt%, .333 FT%
Why are Wood and Warren not putting up the same numbers in wins and losses? Here’s my take, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. Wood and Warren benefit a great deal from the Wolfpack playing uptempo transition offense. Warren has that scorer’s knack for being in the right place at the right time and putting up points without having many plays run for him in the halfcourt set. In some of these slower paced, grind it out games (in 2 of those 3 ACC losses the Wolfpack haven’t broken the 60 point mark) there are less opportunities to be in the right place at the right time for Warren.
Wood has always had difficulties creating his own shot and when State gets out and runs in transition, the defense isn’t set making it a lot easier for Wood to get free for open looks. Again, when the other team slows it down and clamps down on defense, that means less open looks for Wood. Wood’s scoring has also benefited from picking up points at the foul line late in the game in some of our wins.
This State team is scary good when they are out in transition but has struggled when the other team controls the tempo. With Lorenzo Brown hobbled and possibly out of the lineup, Coach Gottfried and the coaching staff are going to have to find ways to get Wood and Warren good looks at the basket. And considering our 3 ACC losses are by a combined 6 points, just getting one additional open shot for Warren and Wood in those one possession games could have us at 8-0 in the conference.
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