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Friday, April 01, 2005
 
Final Four Stats Roundup
With Final Four games tipping off just a day from now, I figured it was about time to post some stats for each of the remaining teams. The following tables list individual stats for the players of Illinois, Louisville, North Carolina, and Michigan State as compiled during their NCAA tournament games. Four games is certainly a small sample size for drawing conclusions about the overall ability of the players involved, but it does give us an idea of which players have been responsible for their team's success over the past two weeks.

I'm listing only players who played at least 15 mpg during the tournament.
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All stats are from each team's four tournament games.
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Illinois

Player

MPG

O Rtg

%Poss

TS%

Reb%

Pass

TO/P

Stl%

FT/FG

FT Rt

3 Rt

Deron Williams

37.3

120

24.3%

0.63

4.7%

34.1

0.21

1.6%

0.36

7.1

1.3

Dee Brown

36.5

106

20.6%

0.65

4.8%

18.8

0.28

2.5%

0.20

4.2

2.9

Luther Head

36.0

104

22.4%

0.49

3.6%

18.7

0.09

3.0%

0.14

2.2

3.2

James Augustine

34.3

139

13.5%

0.73

17.4%

1.5

0.13

2.7%

1.18

10.1

0.0

Roger Powell Jr

26.8

109

18.8%

0.53

10.9%

3.8

0.12

2.9%

0.21

4.8

0.6

Jack Ingram

17.8

110

18.0%

0.57

9.0%

5.7

0.14

6.0%

0.09

0.7

0.5


Guards Dee Brown and Luther Head haven't been nearly as efficient as they were during the regular season, but Deron Williams and James Augustine are doing a good job of picking up the slack. Williams is leading the team with 16.5 ppg and 8.5 apg while Augustine is adding 12.3 ppg on 68% shooting to go with 10.3 rpg. The latter's performance should be no surprise to Hawkeye Hoops readers, as Augugstine was one of the better rebounders and most efficient scorers in the Big Ten this year, but was overlooked by many because he only played about 26 mpg in the regular season.

The Illini continue to limit their turnovers, with a solid 0.17 turnover/possession rate over the last four games. Team rebounding has not been their strong suit, as they're only rebounding 28% of their misses and letting their opponents get to 41% of theirs.

Louisville

Player

MPG

O Rtg

%Poss

TS%

Reb%

Pass

TO/P

Stl%

FT/FG

FT Rt

3 Rt

Francisco Garcia

37.0

131

25.9%

0.67

4.3%

19.0

0.19

0.4%

0.43

13.0

3.3

Larry O'Bannon

34.5

145

21.3%

0.71

9.1%

18.9

0.15

1.9%

0.64

14.0

1.9

Juan Diego Palacios

33.3

116

17.7%

0.61

11.8%

3.4

0.21

1.9%

0.48

4.1

0.8

Ellis Myles

31.8

99

22.3%

0.51

18.3%

20.5

0.33

2.5%

1.56

6.3

0.0

Taquan Dean

31.0

131

22.0%

0.62

12.2%

10.5

0.11

2.1%

0.16

2.5

6.0

Brandon Jenkins

16.5

106

8.0%

0.26

4.8%

17.3

0.00

3.9%

0.86

2.3

0.0

Otis George

16.3

150

9.8%

0.80

9.7%

3.4

0.10

0.0%

0.30

0.0

0.0


Louisville is scoring 82.5 ppg in the tourny on the shoulders of Garcia, Dean, and O'Bannon, who are each averaging at least 17 ppg. Myles has been solid on the glass, grabbing 9.3 rpg in just under 32 mpg. Garcia and O'Bannon have done an excellent job of getting to the line, combining to shoot 12 FT per game at a 90% clip.

Louisville is only team among the Final Four without what I might call a "designated ball distributor." Each of the other three teams has a point guard (or two) with a pass rating above 30 - the Cardinals rely on several above average passers instead of one excellent distributor.

If Illinois's weak rebounding should continue, Louisville could easily take advantage, as they've grabbed 40% of their misses and only allowed their opponents to get to 27% of their missed shots. Louisville has also gotten to the free throw line more frequently than any other Final Four team - 0.52 attempts per field goal attempt.


North Carolina

Player

MPG

O Rtg

%Poss

TS%

Reb%

Pass

TO/P

Stl%

FT/FG

FT Rt

3 Rt

Raymond Felton

32.0

116

23.5%

0.54

10.2%

35.1

0.21

1.8%

0.30

4.2

2.8

Sean May

30.3

138

27.7%

0.72

21.1%

7.0

0.16

1.9%

0.51

13.2

0.0

Rashad McCants

27.8

124

27.3%

0.63

5.4%

13.7

0.15

1.0%

0.42

8.8

5.0

Jackie Manuel

24.8

94

14.9%

0.55

5.5%

11.0

0.31

2.9%

0.56

1.8

0.0

Marvin Williams

23.5

139

22.1%

0.68

17.9%

3.7

0.08

4.3%

0.45

14.1

2.7

Jawad Williams

20.8

86

16.4%

0.37

6.5%

10.8

0.17

1.4%

0.23

0.2

0.2

Melvin Scott

15.8

163

11.0%

0.87

3.4%

29.7

0.17

0.9%

0.20

3.2

4.4

David Noel

15.8

78

6.3%

0.23

6.0%

17.1

0.29

2.7%

1.00

0.0

0.0


Sean May has probably been my favorite player to watch so far during the tournament. He's scoring 21.5 ppg on 68% shooting and grabbing 11.8 rpg in just over 30 mpg. I like the statistical outliers - I'm the kind of guy who cheers for Barry Bonds. Marvin Williams is hard to ignore, too - 15.5 ppg and 7.8 rpg in only 24 mpg will earn you that status.

UNC shot the best on their threes of the remaining teams, hitting 42%. Marvin Williams and Rashad McCants were both 50%, while Melvin Scott went 5-9.


Michigan State

Player

MPG

O Rtg

%Poss

TS%

Reb%

Pass

TO/P

Stl%

FT/FG

FT Rt

3 Rt

Paul Davis

33.5

112

24.3%

0.53

18.9%

3.1

0.17

0.9%

0.45

9.1

0.0

Maurice Ager

31.3

127

21.6%

0.59

9.4%

1.2

0.08

1.4%

0.44

11.0

1.2

Alan Anderson

29.8

131

19.0%

0.76

13.9%

8.2

0.25

3.0%

0.81

16.8

2.6

Shannon Brown

29.0

129

17.7%

0.70

6.6%

4.4

0.19

2.6%

0.47

9.7

3.0

Kelvin Torbert

22.5

119

20.0%

0.55

7.9%

7.3

0.09

1.3%

0.45

7.9

0.1

Chris Hill

20.8

81

20.1%

0.29

5.7%

30.8

0.17

4.4%

0.36

2.1

0.1

Drew Neitzel

18.8

106

19.1%

0.61

0.8%

31.2

0.32

1.6%

0.24

3.0

2.7


Like each of the other teams, MSU has one rebounder leading the way. In this case, it's Paul Davis getting 10.8 rpg. Like Augustine, Davis was often overlooked because of average RPG numbers, due to playing only 26 mpg, but few realize he led Big Ten starters in rebound %. Alan Anderson continues to be his uber-efficient self, hitting over half his shots while getting to the free throw line, where he's hit 21-22.
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