Posted on: December 17, 2009 2:41 pm
OK, don't know what happened to the last try, but here it is again (I hope)
OK! Internet sites don't seem to like anyone pasting from Excel, so I'll do this manually...Hope it works this way!
I've looked at KenPom.com....his site has lots of useful numbers...go check it out!
So all of the rating #'s are from his site.
I'm comparing Syracuse, Texas, UK, and KU...so if it gets somewhat garbled, remember, every first stat or team relates to Syracuse, while every 2nd byte relates to Texas, and so on:
Syracuse Texas UK KU
KenPom Rating 5 1 44 2
KenPom SOS 256 242 269 301
Record 10-0 9-0 10-0 9-0
# of opponents
rated over 100 6 6 8 8
Best four opp's
Cal #9 Pitt #59 Conn #32 Memp #7
UofF 28 LBSt 82 UNC 44 Hofst 108
UNC 44 WCar 86 Stanf 119 LaSal 120
Corn 65 USC 124 IU 168 UCLA 145
Opp to-date: Columb 194 Rice 165 Mia, OH 174 Oakl 148
to their 18th
gm - Opp's
rated > 100 3 4 5 1
Best 4 Opp's
to 18th game:
WVU #4 KSt #17 UofF #28 Cal #9
Memp 7 MichSt 21 Lville 66 Tenn 11
SHall 49 TA&M 34 LBSt 82 Temp 31
Pitt 59 UNC 44 Aub 114 TTech 50
Efficiency: #11 #17 #44 #2
Def Effic: #8 #1 #70 #7
Team 62.2 [#1] 56.5 [#12] 54.8 [#25] 58.3 [#6]
Opp 42.1 [#14] 34.8 [#1] 45.1 [#74] 38.2 [#2]
3 pt FG% 41.1 33.1 38.0 44.2
Team: 21.0 [#169] 17.5 [#37] 23.5 [#279] 16.6 [#18]
Opp: 27.0 [#7] 20.8  20.7  23.6 
made FG: 68.8 [#6] 53.9  54.0  61.2 
Experience: 1.53 yrs [#222] 1.49  0.96  1.26 
Avg Height: 78.4" [#10] 76.5"  78.7"  77.3" 
So, if this looks remotely legible....
How would you rate these four teams (#1-4)?
Do any stats seem to make you think any of these teams is over-rated or under-rated?
KU's schedule so far has been really, really weak (rated #301 out of 347)
But their upcoming 9 game schedule only has 1 team rated (By KenPom) lower than 100. They're going to
KU's weak schedule, no doubt helps their stats look better, but compare KU's and UK's stats...their SOS's aren't
that much different, but KU ranks consistently, MUCH higher than UK!
Syracuse has played some good teams, but their overall SOS of 256 indicates they've played some really bad ones too.
Their top 4 opponents are great, but the next toughest is rated only #194!
UK's toughest opponent in their first 18 gamses will be Florida, rated #28 by KenPom....
All four teams are still undefeated, and I think that says that they are all good teams, because each team has faced at least
one team rated in KenPom's top 60 (Texas has had the weakest top-end opponent so far, but that changes on Saturday)
Well, hopefully this looks fairly decent...
As always, let me know what you think!!!!
This is a Big 12 Blog...And It's our turn to rule!
OK, looks good in preview...Here's hopin it posts well!
Posted on: December 17, 2009 12:53 pm
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Posted on: November 30, 2009 6:35 pm
We're now over 3 weeks into the season...There is still a lot we don't know about teams, but some trends are noticable.
Posted on: November 23, 2009 6:15 pm
I thought I'd post a brief blog noting some of the best challenges for Big 12 teams this week...
Of course, many are still feasting on cupcakes, but these teams at least have some potential to bite the hand that feeds them...
Best of the Best game (featuring at least one Big 12 team) of the week is:
Wednesday 11/26, Texas A&M will meet Clemson in the 76 Classic, which has perhaps the best field of any pre-conference tournaments!
This just in:
Colorado fell just short of Gonzaga in the first round of the Maui Invitational. I was going to say (before watching the second half of that game) that this was the game where the Big 12 team was most likely to take it on the chin! And they did, BUT, they played better than I thought they would. I was cheering the Buffaloes, hoping they would get an impressive win...good try!
OU is challenging themselves, at least a little, this week. They play San Diego and Houston, in pool play, at the Great Alaska Shootout...
Iowa State plays a St. Louis team (on 11/27) that handled Nebraska with surprising ease...Let's see if Iowa State can fare a little better, and restore the proper balance!
Texas opens regional play in the CBE, with Iowa and Rice setting themselves up to be gored...
The rest of the Big 12 teams are eating cupcakes again this week
Hope all you fans don't get to fat off of your teams OD'ing on all that sugar in those cupcakes...
Enjoy your holiday everyone!
JUST A NOTE:
I didn't know if anyone was reading my blog or not, so I hadn't posted in a couple of weeks...
I'd enjoy it if people would at least send a reply if you think it is worthwhile...Thanks!
If there is something about the Big 12, you'd like to talk about...post a message and we can discuss!!
Until the next time...May the Big 12 RULE!
Posted on: October 21, 2009 12:56 pm
Andy Katz, a senior ESPN sports analyst in a blog comment this past weekend stated that the KU-UT men's basketball rivalry is the NEXT big sports rivalry. He said that it is approaching the UNC-Duke rivalry, in terms of the heat of the rivalry and the quality of the basketball being played.
I'm willing to make an effort to get this ball rolling. I agree with Katz, that the KU-UT rivalry deserves two regular season conference games, instead of the current schedule that only provides one game each year.
What do other basketball fans think???
I even created a Big 12 basketball schedule (in MS Excel) that would accomplish the goal of creating a better Big 12 men's schedule, IMO. I've made an initial attempt to contact the Big 12 offices with my idea, but their website doesn't support fans contacting their website, as they have no e-mail addresses that I could find on the site.
I think that the more high profile games that are played in the Big 12, the better it will be for the conference, and the more it will help the top team's be better prepared for long NCAA tournament runs!
I think that KU and OU also should play home and away during conference. That is a traditional Big 8 rivalry that was emasculated when the Big 8 and and four schools from the SWC combined to create the Big 12.
Further, I argue that the 'Division' format that divides the Big 12 into North and South 'divisions' doesn't serve Big 12 basketball in promoting what is best for the Big 12. It does continue 'some' of the old 'regional' rivalries that existed in the predecessor conferences, but doesn't fully promote big-time new, strong rivalries, such as KU-UT, and as I noted, the current basketball schedule has diminished some of the old Big 8 rivalries like KU-OU. The teams from the old SWC didn't have their rivalries diminished, they have been continued because all four of those schools are in the Big 12 South Division.
I know that changing the Big 12 basketball schedule may be difficult, but it is something that I believe is worth making an effort at, to help the Big 12 teams compete at the highest level.
As Katz remarked, he thinks that a single game between UNC-Duke would not be in the best interests of college basketball and he feels the same way about the KU-UT rivalry: One game is not enough!
I have only paraphrased Katz's comments. Surprisingly enough, his article was NOT an 'Insider' article. So feel free to go check out his actual statements over at ESPN. I think I have correctly relayed the essence of what he said, but hey, go check it out for yourself!
Let's make Big 12 Basketball the best that it can be!
Let's get some dialogue on the subject rolling through the internet!