Posted by L.Devil on February 20, 18 at 11:16:53:
In Reply to: Re: The Difference posted by WalkerDevil on February 20, 18 at 09:32:15:
I agree and would just add that the guards should use these last four regular season game to get back to the free and easy way they shot the 3 ball against non-league competition.
When I watch the tape of the Kansas and Xavier games they shot the 3's at will, but in the flow of the game. It seems to me that because the fouls on the drive have been taken away from them by Pac-12 officials...they have become a lot tighter shooting that three ball. I understand the pressure of needing to make up the points they used to get from going to the hoop, but these last four games just let it rip from outside then take drive when it presents itself.
: : : So I looked at what the difference is between ASU in the non-conference versus the conference season. What has happened? I think everyone would agree the difference is our offense. So I took the stats from the 6 games we played in the non-con against legit Power 5 schools. I did include San Diego State.
: : : These are our main offensive stat averages per game:
: : : FG: 29-58 (50%); 3PT: 10-24 (40%); FT 22-28 (79%)
: : : Here are the same stats for conference games:
: : : FG: 27-62 (44%); 3PT: 8-24 (33%); FT 16-22 (73%)
: : : In each category there is not a huge difference, but with decent margins in all three it adds up to a pretty big difference. Basically if we would have just shot the same % in each category we would have averaged 11 more points per game. And since our largest margin of defeat has been 9 points, we could have used those extra 11 ppg.
: : : And clearly the games being called differently in the PAC-12 has impacted us a great deal. We shoot 6 fewer free throws. And it is not because we are relying more on the 3 point shot as our attempts per game in that area are identical. And I think us not getting the calls has also affected how we play. Our shots in the paint are missing a lot more and I surmise it may be due to us not having the same confidence we will get the call, so we try to avoid contact and got off balance and out of control.
: : : I hope we cam turn it around these last 4 games and start playing with the confidence that got us out to the 12-0 start.
: : Good analysis. Thanks.
: : Yes thanks for doing this research. Agree also in your take.
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