Sunday, February 14, 2010

Some dubious conference statistics

Statistics like points and rebounds get most of the attention, but it's interesting to sometimes look further and see more negative stats like turnovers and fouls committed. Going into Sunday's games, here are listed the worst combined offenders in the league of these two dubious stats.

Player- Minutes- Turnovers/Game- Fouls/Game - Total/Game

Jerome Dyson, UConn 33.8 - 3.6 - 2.9 - 6.5

Herb Pope, Seton Hall 30.2 - 2.5 - 3.3 - 5.8

Dominique Jones, USF 36.8 - 2.8 - 3.0 - 5.8

Brad Wanamaker, Pitt 33.0 - 2.7 - 3.0 - 5.7

Greg Monroe, Georgetown 33.8- 3.2 - 2.5 - 5.7

Mac Koshwal, DePaul 33.1- 3.2 - 2.3 - 5.5

Edgar Sosa, Louisville 27.0- 2.9 - 2.5 - 5.4

Lazar Hayward, Marquette 31.0- 2.0- 3.3 - 5.3

A total of 49 players had at least a 4.0 combined turnovers and fouls per game. Of those, the players with the least minutes needed to accumulate that total were:

Preston Knowles, Louisville 20.0 minutes 4.5 total

Travon Woodall, Pittsburgh 20.8 - 4.2

Malik Boothe, St. John's 21.7 - 4.0

Wellington Smith, WVU 21.9 - 4.3

Sean Evans, St. John's 22.0 - 4.0

Mike Coburn, Rutgers, 22.1 - 4.0

Arinze Onuaku, Syracuse 22.5 - 4.2

Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, USF 22.6 - 4.1


At 9:05 AM, Blogger David said...

Interesting stats, but I think in and of themselves they can be misleading like and statistic. Those numbers don't take into account how often the player handles the ball, the point guard has the ball in his hands more frequently than anyone else and thus more likely to have a turnover. Likewise it doesn't take into account and probably can't, who the player is defending. If you defend Dominiques Jones you are more likely to foul him than you are to foul Gary McGhee. There needs to be some algorithm that includes those numbers as well as blocked shots, steals, assists and whatever else to truly reflect a players contribution. On an aside Doke... this former Turkeytown resident says go YHS Cougars.

At 9:06 AM, Blogger David said...

** like ANY statistic. **

At 11:19 AM, Blogger Chris Dokish said...

You would think there would be a lot of PGs on the list, and I assumed there would be too, but the only one on the top list is Sosa. And the only defensive stopper on that list is Dyson. The fact that Dyson handles the ball a lot and is defensive stopper explains why his numbers are so high, but the rest just seems to make a lot of turnovers and fouls. Of course that doesn't mean these players aren't good. They all have plenty of positives, too. It's just interesting more than anything.


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