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The latest weekly NCAA stats are out, and BYU remains the nation's top free throw shooting team, despite a rare off night (8/14) at Fresno State.
BYU is ranked in the top 25 statistically in the following categories:
FT%: 1st (82.0)
Scoring margin: 17th (+18.8)
Assist-to-Turnover Ratio: 15th (1.44)
Turnovers Per Game: 17th (11.0)
Turnover Margin: 10th (5.9)
Win-Loss Percentage: 17th (8-1, 88.9%)
*BYU's lowest team ranking: Three Point FG% Defense (166th, 33.8%)
**BYU's Median Ranking (average of 18 team categories): 52nd, out of 334 teams).
Individually, BYU has players ranked in the Top 25 in:
Free Throw Percentage: Jimmer Fredette, 15th (92.9)
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage: Jackson Emery, 25th (48.1)
Assists Per Game: Jimmer Fredette, 23rd (5.8)
Steals Per Game: Jackson Emery, 22nd (2.7)
BYU's Thursday opponent, Wagner College (Staten Island, NY), is less impressive statistically. The Seahawks are 1-7 on the season, and are ranked in the top 100 in only three categories--in the top 50 in only two (3pfgm/gm, and Blocked Shots Per Game).
Wagner's lowest team ranking is FG%, at 328th (36.2). Wagner's Median Ranking is 236th.
I appreciate the reminder from BYU that Lone Peak High School's excellent basketball coach Quincy Lewis played at Wagner (B.A., Sociology) after a stint at Dixie State.
Lewis remains in the Wagner record books as 2nd alltime in 3pfg% (41.0), and 9th alltime in assists (367), despite playing only two seasons. He has Wagner's 3rd and 7th best single-season total assist marks, the 4th best single-game assist standard(16), and the 2nd best single-game steal tally (7).
Nine games in, here's a PAP (Points Available Percentage) update, and playing time-adjusted PAP update (rankings are only for players averaging 10 minutes per game or more):
1. Noah Hartsock (.683)
2. Brandon Davies (.667)
3. Michael Loyd, Jr. (.600)
4. Chris Miles (.595)
5. Jackson Emery (.524)
6. Jimmer Fredette (.512)
7. Tyler Haws (.509)
8. Charles Abouo (.500)
9. Jonathan Tavernari (.353)
PAP [adjusted for playing time; PAP x (minutes played/total minutes available)]
1. Jimmer Fredette (.406)
2. Noah Hartsock (.372)
3. Tyler Haws (.338)
4. Jackson Emery (.314)
5. Chris Miles (.236)
6. Jonathan Tavernari (.225)
7. Brandon Davies (.200)
8. Michael Loyd, Jr. (.197)
9. Charles Abouo (.150)
Purely from an offensive standpoint, you like to see the starting five comprise the top five in the adjusted PAP rankings. Similarly, it's good to see a couple of bench players ranked highly in the unadjusted PAP rankings.
Lamont Morgan, Jr. is averaging 9.7 minutes per game; were he ranked in PAP, he would have an impressive unadjusted rating of .667, confirming his reputation as another reliable reserve on the offensive end.
All five BYU starters are shooting 78% or better from the free throw line. Last season, only two starters shot better than 78% from the stripe.
Last year's best free throw shooter (Lee Cummard, 87%) took 21% of BYU's total free throws. This year's best free throw shooter (Jimmer Fredette, 93%) has taken 33% of BYU's total free throws.
Last year, BYU's top two free throw shooters (Cummard and Fredette) took a combined 41% of BYU's total free throws. This season, BYU's two best free throw shooters (Cummard and Haws) have taken a combined 47% of BYU's total free throws.
6'5" freshman guard Tyler Haws leads BYU in offensive rebounds; 35% of his rebounds have come on the offensive end.
BYU has not had a player foul out yet this season. Last season, a player fouled out every 2.4 games (14 DQs, in 33 games played).
James Anderson leads the team in fouls per 40 minutes played, at 10.9. He also led the team last year at 10.0 fouls/40 mp.
Of the players averaging 10 minutes per game or more this season, Brandon Davies hears the most whistles, at 7.8 fouls/40 mp.
Four current regulars (avg. 10+ mpg) average more than five fouls per 40 minutes played:
Emery (5.2; leads team in total fouls with 28)
Only three players have more turnovers than assists--
Abouo: 6 ast/9 to
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