Why Creighton is a Frightening Team

Really good article by Tom Ley on Deadspin explaining why Villanova didn’t really lose that game to Creighton, but rather found themselves on the receiving end of the scariest offensive team in the country:

Creighton leads the country in three-point percentage (43.7) as well as overall offensive efficiency. According to Ken Pomeroy’s metrics, Creighton’s adjusted offensive efficiency is 128.2. This number means that after adjusting for various factors such as quality of opponents (far more necessary in college than the NBA), Creighton’s offense scores about 128 points per 100 offensive possessions. That is a staggering number, and one that no team has come close to reaching in the past decade. The last team that was this efficient on offense was the 2005 Wake Forest team, which had an adjusted offensive rating of 124—and Chris Paul.

And then we have Ethan Wragge, who looks at his teammates’ commitment to shooting the three and thinks it’s not quite enough.* Wragge leads the country in effective field goal percentage (73.4), because he does not give a single shit about shooting anything other than a three ball. This year, he’s attempting nearly eight threes per game, and he’s hitting 50 percent of them. But it gets crazier: During his four years at Creighton, Wragge has attempted a grand total of 47 two-point field goals. 47! He took that many threes in a five-game stretch in December, and has already launched 148 threes this year. And yes, Wragge’s game looks exactly as bughouse as it sounds. Just look at this highlight reel from last night’s game.

Go read.

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14 Responses

  1. This is a perfect example of why people hate Villanova. Your team got stomped and lost badly to an un-ranked team, at home. You people walk around like your shit doesn’t stink and that you are better than everyone else, simply because you went to that school.

  2. why is this on this site? Dont defend your teams pissy performance. Any respect you had from people that come here took a hit today. Not that many have respect for you or this site.

  3. Nova is gay Kyle, and basketball is the worst sport known to man, sorry buddy.

    How about posting an article about the US curling team for Sochi?

  4. Creighton is obviously a good team, but that doesn’t absolve Villanova from losing. Logical fallacies are stacking; don’t deny the antecedent.

  5. Creighton is good no question. But nova isnt deserving of #4 in the country. They’ve only been tested 2 or 3 times. It’s about time people realized this

  6. And as an addendum, subjectivity is fine, as long as you make that clear. In fact, it can strengthen an argument; it’s worked for you in the past so why not stick to that method? But to try and substantiate a Villanova loss with objective math so as to put the blame not on Nova but on how good Creighton played is a bit cheap. Otherwise, keep up the good work!

  7. Son….what are you doing. This just reeks of a pathetic attempt to hide your embarrassment. Nova isnt good. Deal with it. One and done (they should be the 5 v 12 “upset” this year). Creighton couldnt seem to do what they did last night against teams like San Diego State, George Washington and Providence. Hell even Saint Joes was beating them for 99% of the game. The fall should be hilarious..

  8. Hahahaha of fucking course you would post this Kyle. “Don’t worry guys Nova is still amazing, they just lost to the college basketball equivalent of the 1992 US Olympic team”

    Yeah, Creighton is so fucking good that they lost at home to GW and lost by 13 to Providence.

    “Blah blah blah Damn Type OBers just go along with everything the Flyers do and ignore reality… Villanova is a top ten team that’s going to the regionals” #KyleScottLogic

  9. Oh, sure, Creighton is just the sort of “frightening” team that’ll get bounced on opening day of the tournament. Live by the trey, die by the trey.

  10. Kyle, Kyle, Kyle,

    Everytime you do good stories and boost your cred, this shit knocks your ass right down.

    Why is this a story on your site ? They are not a scary team. They lost to Providence and GW already. Your team is having a good year, and had a bad night….. deal with it. Dont build up the other team.

    And BTW, from now on post this shit on your college paper website, not here. No one cares.

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