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I've been saying this is the best defensive team in a very long time, since 2000 anyway. The guards just choke the life out of teams. Its a thing of beauty.
Its five o'clock somewhere.
I think we saw what this team can look like against UM when the offense finally clicks. They have the potential to dominate teams. The only question is whether they can get it going consistently.
Missed this two weeks ago. Thanks for it, glad I looked at it today.
Most interesting part of the chart to me is the bottom end. Nobody was picking a couple of those teams to lose in the first round, but the PPS forecast it 100%.
Solid stat(s) and a bit of a surprise considering how much we hear about turnovers.
That 2010-11 team was a real head-scratcher...
Update, please. Very interested to see the numbers after the 3 game gauntlet.
Here you go.
Bump for the end of the season. This is Izzo's third best team ever as measured by defensive point per possession. Each of the other top five teams made the Final Four. However, it is only Izzo's 14th best out of 16 teams in offensive points per possession. The only team lower were his worst team overall (2011) and the 2003 Elite 8 team which also was very young and very good defensively. My best guess is that is about where MSU will end up in the NCAA tourney. What's really amazing is that MSU is still measured as 23rd in the country in offensive efficiency according to KenPom, which for Izzo's third least efficient offensive team is amazing. It goes to show how efficient we really have been offensively through the years. Nationally, we are the 7th most effencient defensive team. There has been a lot of noise regarding FInal Four teams are usually top 20 nationally in both offensive and defensive efficiency. Currently there are six such teams (Florida, Louisville, Indiana, Ohio St, Pitt, Gonzaga). MSU is the next closest to making that list.
well done, sir.
Bump for the final end of the year statistics. It's really interesting where this team ended up - almost exact statistically with Izzo's other Sweet Sixteen teams. When tracking this, I have noticed the similarities to the 1998 and 2008 teams throughout the year. All three teams were young with the majority of players coming back, and were well ahead on one side of the ball vs. the other (1998 was good defensively and mediocre offensively; 2008 was good offensively and mediocre defensively). The follow up seasons were of course Final Four seasons. 2013 was Izzo's 3rd best defensive team and his 14th best offensive team. Certainly if they can improve the offensive side of the equation and everybody returns, 2014 should be in line to be a Final Four caliber team.
Nice. Yep, next year is the year in my opinion. I'd really be shocked if we're not a one seed, just too much (NBA level) talent coming back.
Thanks, needed good news. And no good news is as good as statistical-projecting good news.
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