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A Look At Miami

January 23, 2011
NCAA Basketball
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Rank and Records MIA   NCSU
RPI #49   #112
Strength of Schedule #40   #97
Overall 12-6   11-7
Conference 1-3   1-3
Home 8-1   8-2
Away 1-4   0-4
Top 25 0-2   0-3
RPI Top 50 4-2   1-5

 

Scouting Report (courtesy KenPom.com)

Stats include games through Friday, January 21
against D-I teams only

Category Offense Defense D-I Avg
Adj. Efficiency: 112.3 38 98.2 116 101.0
Adj. Tempo: 66.1 237 67.5
Four Factors
Effective FG%: 51.0 96 46.5 79 49.0
Turnover %: 19.6 113 18.5 274 20.7
Off. Reb. %: 37.1 40 33.6 215 32.6
FTA/FGA: 45.3 31 38.5 189 37.9
Miscellaneous Components
3P%: 37.4 65 32.1 79 34.4
2P%: 48.0 162 45.6 93 47.7
FT%: 74.4 30 68.9 186 68.7
Block%: 8.9 154 10.0 121 9.2
Steal%: 9.9 212 9.7 148 9.6
Style Components
3PA/FGA: 36.8 79 35.4 251 32.9
A/FGM: 49.2 276 50.7 92 54.0
Defensive Fingerprint: Inconclusive    
Point Distribution (% of total points)
3-Pointers: 30.4 93 28.6 125 27.4
2-Pointers: 44.7 322 49.3 256 51.6
Free Throws: 24.8 24 22.2 113 21.0
Strength of Schedule
Components: 104.0 50 99.6 95 101.0
Overall: .6221 63 .5000
Non-conference: .4820 210 .5000
Personnel
Bench Minutes: 30.6% 204 31.8%
Experience: 1.40 yrs 272 1.72
Effective Height: +2.0 54 0.0
Average Height: 77.7" 33 76.5"
  • I highlighted two items in the KenPom numbers above, offensive rebounding percentage and free throw percentage. They do a great job generating second-chance opportunities and converting once they get to the line. A key for State today will obviously be limiting both of those factors for Miami by attacking the defensive glass and staying out of foul trouble. If the 'Canes get into the bonus early in either half, they could create some easy offensive for themselves at the charity stripe.
  • I highlighted a third item at the bottom of the KenPom numbers: Experience. Just like State, Miami is a talented but young team, which—like State—has led to some inconsistent play and cost them some potential victories. They led in the second half against Florida State at home but allowed the Seminoles back into the game at the end when FSU made a run. They're apt to get rattled if State can put together a strong run at crunch time.
  • A convincing win today could lessen the "Lowe Must Go(we)" talk a bit. Brett Friedlander of the Star News has already posited it's time for Sidney to step down for the good of the program and the school. Personally, I think it's a bit too premature for talk of that, even if folks like myself and other bloggers have begun window shopping for potential coaching candidates. Debbie Yow has made it clear they plan to reevaluate the situation at the end of the year once it's all said and done, and I think that's ultimately the wisest decision. Making a mid-season replacement makes zero sense, given the new coach wouldn't be coming from this current staff and is currently coaching elsewhere. I have no doubts, however, that the process of putting out feelers through back channels has already begun because unlike last time, our AD isn't a bumbling idiot.
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