Best/worst from nonconference play

With today the start of the Big Ten season, it seems an appropriate time to go ahead and look at some of Ken Pomeroy’s numbers for individual Hoosiers. Below are the three best and three worst Hoosiers in several key categories:

OFFENSIVE RATING

BEST

Matt Roth — 152.5

Jordan Hulls — 132 (No. 33 nationally)

Christian Watford — 116.8 (No. 245)

WORST

Verdell Jones — 90

Tom Pritchard — 98.1

Bobby Capobianco — 101.5

ANALYSIS: The top-three are not terribly surprising; Roth’s high mark is due to limited minutes and the fact he often comes in with an expressed purpose (to shoot and score). The fact the team’s point guard and most consistent player over his career has the team’s worst offensive rating is certainly a concern. Really, it’s a big concern.

EFFECTIVE FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE

BEST

Jordan Hulls — 73.6 (No. 2)

Matt Roth — 69.4

Derek Elston — 66.4

WORST

Verdell Jones — 49.6

Maurice Creek — 50.0

Christian Watford — 50.3

ANALYSIS: Would suggest that the two-game period in which the bottom 3 all struggled offensively was not a completely anomaly, no?

OFFENSIVE REBOUNDING PERCENTAGE

BEST

Bobby Capobianco — 18.9

Victor Oladipo — 14.6 (No. 67)

Will Sheehey — 13.9

WORST

Matt Roth — 0.0

Jordan Hulls — 1.4

Daniel Moore — 1.5

ANALYSIS: The top-three are interesting, mainly because two are wings. But Sheehey and Oladipo are hustle guys, and that pays off in things like offensive rebounds. The bottom three are hardly a surprise, but when two or three of them are playing together it certainly does put IU behind the eight-ball in maintaining offensive possessions.

FOULS COMMITTED PER 40 MINUTES

BEST

Jordan Hulls — 2.7

Christian Watford — 2.8

Verdell Jones — 3.3

WORST

Bobby Capobianco — 12.7

Tom Pritchard — 5.8

Victor Oladipo — 4.9

ANALYSIS: Yeah, Bobby would foul out nearly 2.5 times given a full 40 minutes. That’s real. That’s a real thing. Pritchard’s rate is also high, as is Oladipo’s. By the way, Derek Elston is at 4.7.

FOULS DRAWN PER 40 MINUTES

BEST

Christian Watford — 7.6 (No. 22)

Verdell Jones — 6.2 (No. 138)

Bobby Capobianco — 6.2

WORST

Tom Pritchard — 2.3

Jeremiah Rivers — 2.6

Jordan Hulls — 2.8

ANALYSIS: For a guy that plays inside, Pritchard’s foul-drawn rate is woeful. Rivers is explained by the fact he rarely has the ball in his hands, and Hulls by how much he is outside of the paint. But if Hulls would drive the lane, given his size and general style of play on defense (the guy did draw three charges against Colorado), he would get to the free-throw line more.

4 comments

  1. The season is young. Don’t get too down on Verdell. Other than Watford, most on the team are not setting the world on fire and hardly a Hoosier has been unhampered by glaring inconsistencies on the court. Fancy statistics don’t add up to a hill of beans at this stage of the season and all the blame for subpar performances cannot fall on only the shoulders the players. If Maurice Creek was anywhere near 100%, and if Elston could put in regular performances like his first half against Northern Iowa, we would probably be undefeated. Quite unfair to put Creek’s name in the “Worst” of anything category when the kid is obviously not physically back. And does anyone truly believe the cupcake schedule instilled more confidence in this team? Only true preparation builds confidence. I have a difficult time completely buying into Crean’s philosophy that the weak scheduling could improve the overall defensive tenacity a team so desperately in need of some type an edge.

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