Monday, February 24, 2014

Ray Floriani's Tempo-Free NEC Analysis

NEC Player of the Year contender Karvel Anderson leads NEC's best offense at Robert Morris. (Photo courtesy of Nelson Castillo and Bob Dea via Blackbirds Hoops Journal)

No surprise at the top. Looking at conference games through Saturday, we have a tempo-free read on the Northeast Conference. Teams are listed in order of efficiency margin:

                            Record          Efficiency Margin

Robert Morris             13-­1                        12

Wagner                       9-­4                         8

Bryant                         9-­4                         2

St. Francis(NY)             7-­7                         5

Mount St. Mary’s          7-­6                         2

FDU                            6­-7                         0

St. Francis(PA)             7-­7 ­                       -3

Central Connecticut     5-­9                         -­8

Sacred Heart              1-­12 ­                      -12

LIU Brooklyn              3-­10 ­                       -13

Best Offenses:
1.  Robert Morris                               113

2.  Bryant                                         112

3.  FDU                                            111

Best Defenses:
1.  Wagner                                        97

2.  Robert Morris                              101

3.  St. Francis (NY)                           104

Fastest pace:
Mount St. Mary’s - 72 possessions per game (NASCAR pace)

Most deliberate:
Robert Morris and St. Francis (PA) - 65

Notes:
Wagner is the only team holding opponents under a 100 efficiency on defense. Robert Morris’ defense is highlighted by an opposition TO rate of 21%, best in the NEC. 

Robert Morris has a league leading 16% TO rate on offense. Little wonder why Andy Toole’s club sets the pace in conference standings. 

FDU’s offense is fueled by an outstanding 52% eFG mark. The Knights are showing a conference leading 41% mark beyond the arc. FDU’s offensive efficiency is a vast improvement over the 93 posted a year ago. 

Mount St. Mary’s utilizes the fastest pace in the conference. They are anything but careless with the ball showing a 17% TO rate, an above average mark (under 20.5) for that category.

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