Monday, January 4, 2016

MAAC Monday: Points per shot, percentage of shots, stat leaders, power rankings

Our latest "MAAC Monday" focuses on two new statistical metrics in its opening segment, points per shot, and the percentages of each shot taken throughout the season. Our second and third features remain unchanged in the form of stat leaders and league-wide power rankings. As is always the case, all statistics were gleaned from the individual stat pages of each school's website.

Points Per Shot (from highest to lowest, not taking free throws into account)
1) Fairfield (1.07)
2) Iona (1.066)
3) Marist (1.04)
4) Siena (1.02)
5) Canisius (1.01)
6) Rider (0.98)
7) Monmouth (0.968)
8) Manhattan (0.965)
9) Saint Peter's (0.95)
10) Niagara (0.93)
11) Quinnipiac (0.87)

Analysis: Iona's high-powered offense naturally explains why they would be among the league leaders in yet another offensive category, but it feels like the commitment Fairfield has made to sharing the ball and pushing the tempo still has not gotten enough accolades. "That's who we are as a team," Marcus Gilbert said Saturday even after the Stags completed one of their lesser offensive efforts in a loss to Manhattan. "We push the ball to make open shots." For Marist, having both the Red Foxes' leading scorers in Khallid Hart and Brian Parker each shooting over 50 percent from the floor is conducive to Mike Maker's team earning a high mark here, as is the fact that Marist does not, by and large, get to the foul line very often, only averaging nearly 19 points per game.

Last-place Quinnipiac has had difficulty supplementing its exemplary rebounding numbers with the shooting needed to win conference games, and it reared its ugly head once again in the Bobcats' loss to Iona Saturday afternoon. What compounded the misery in Hamden was the Gaels walking out of the TD Bank Sports Center with a 57-42 victory on the glass, something Tom Moore was no doubt incensed over. Still, it all boiled down to the offense at the end of the day, especially considering who lined up against Quinnipiac on the other side of the floor.

"I didn't like our confidence level, our determination, our belief on offense," Moore told Vincent Simone of Big Apple Buckets in the wake of Saturday's 78-66 defeat. "You've got to score the ball against these guys at a better clip than we've been scoring. A lot of guys were on their heels in the first half."

Percentage of Shots (schools are listed in alphabetical order, with a breakdown of two-point field goals, three-point field goals, and free throws from left to right)
Canisius: 39.6% 2-pt FG, 31.3% 3-pt FG, 29.1% FT
Fairfield: 44.3% 2-pt FG, 33.2% 3-pt FG, 22.5% FT
Iona: 41.7% 2-pt FG, 32.5% 3-pt FG, 25.8% FT
Manhattan: 42.1% 2-pt FG, 28.0% 3-pt FG, 29.8% FT
Marist: 43.4% 2-pt FG, 31.5% 3-pt FG, 25.1% FT
Monmouth: 48.0% 2-pt FG, 23.2% 3-pt FG, 28.8% FT
Niagara: 48.3% 2-pt FG, 26.7% 3-pt FG, 25.0% FT
Quinnipiac: 52.4% 2-pt FG, 26.5% 3-pt FG, 21.1% FT
Rider: 48.1% 2-pt FG, 28.4% 3-pt FG, 23.5% FT
Saint Peter's: 47.5% 2-pt FG, 25.9% 3-pt FG, 26.7% FT
Siena: 51.3% 2-pt FG, 19.1% 3-pt FG, 29.6% FT

Analysis: Not surprisingly, Quinnipiac and Siena are the most reliant on shots inside the arc, presumably due to their height, and in the Saints' case, lack of proven outside shooting now that Marquis Wright is injured, leaving Ryan Oliver as Siena's primary marksman. Brett Bisping has a respectable 32 percent success rate from beyond the arc, but has only attempted 44 trifectas this season. While Iona and Canisius are near the top in the three-point shot breakdown as expected, Sydney Johnson has seen his Fairfield team not only take a number of outside shots, but get several players to square up from distance.
On the other side of the spectrum, Monmouth and Siena have been the most disciplined with the outside shot, yet have managed to be quite adept at burying it, with both the Hawks and Saints connecting on triples at a 35 percent clip. The matchup between the two on January 18 in West Long Branch is already a marquee showdown, which will be enhanced due to each side's willingness to settle for the smart shot as opposed to one side shooting themselves out of the game, and out of the gym.

At the charity stripe, Siena's bruising front line and the physical style employed by Manhattan make it easy to see why the Saints and Jaspers get as many free throws as they do. Not that far behind is Monmouth, which has benefited from the multitude of high-major teams they have played in the non-conference portion of their schedule, with the Hawks' victory over Notre Dame in particular being one where getting to the foul line in the closing minutes played a large role in sealing the win.

Scoring Leaders
*A.J. English, Iona (23.4 PPG)
1) Khallid Hart, Marist (23.0 PPG)
2) Justin Robinson, Monmouth (20.5)
3) Marcus Gilbert, Fairfield (19.4)
4) Malcolm McMillan, Canisius (17.8)
5) Shane Richards, Manhattan (17.5)
6) Marquis Wright, Siena (17.3)
7) Rich Williams, Manhattan (16.4)
8) Jordan Washington, Iona (15.8)
9) Emile Blackman, Niagara (15.7)
10) Kassius Robertson, Canisius (15.6)

Rebounding Leaders
1) Brett Bisping, Siena (8.5 RPG)
2) Quadir Welton, Saint Peter's (7.8)
3) Deon Jones, Monmouth (7.7)
T-4) Isaiah Williams, Iona (7.2)
T-4) Donovan Smith, Quinnipiac (7.2)
6) Jamal Reynolds, Canisius (7.2)
7) Rich Williams, Manhattan (6.9)
8) Matt Scott, Niagara (6.5)
9) Kahlil Thomas, Rider (6.2)
10) Javion Ogunyemi, Siena (6.2)

Assist Leaders
*A.J. English, Iona (6.7 APG)
1) Tyler Wilson, Manhattan (6.1 APG)
2) Jerome Segura, Fairfield (5.6)

3) Malcolm McMillan, Canisius (4.6)
4) Marquis Wright, Siena (4.6)
5) Teddy Okereafor, Rider (4.2)
6) Trevis Wyche, Saint Peter's (4.0)
7) Tyler Nelson, Fairfield (3.8)
8) Giovanni McLean, Quinnipiac (3.5)
9) Lavon Long, Siena (3.2)
10) Aaron Rountree, Iona (3.1)

Field Goal Percentage Leaders
1) Chris Brady, Monmouth (.592)
2) Kahlil Thomas, Rider (.547)
3) Javion Ogunyemi, Siena (.545)
4) Jordan Washington, Iona (.533)
5) Matija Milin, Fairfield (.528)
6) Brian Parker, Marist (.528)
7) Khallid Hart, Marist (.503)
T-8) Lavon Long, Siena (.500)
T-8) Zane Waterman, Manhattan (.500)
10) Trevis Wyche, Saint Peter's (.495)

Free Throw Percentage Leaders
1) Je'lon Hornbeak, Monmouth (.949)
2) Deyshonee Much, Iona (.885)
3) Tyler Nelson, Fairfield (.872)
4) Justin Robinson, Monmouth (.865)
5) Shane Richards, Manhattan (.825)
6) Malcolm McMillan, Canisius (.818)
7) Marcus Gilbert, Fairfield (.810)
8) Micah Seaborn, Monmouth (.800)
9) Brett Bisping, Siena (.797)
10) Phil Valenti, Canisius (.796)

Three-Point Field Goal Percentage Leaders
1) Marquis Wright, Siena (.548)
2) Deyshonee Much, Iona (.483)
3) Isaiah Lamb, Marist (.471)
4) RaShawn Stores, Manhattan (.455)
5) Curtis Cobb, Fairfield (.444)
6) Khallid Hart, Marist (.429)
7) Kassius Robertson, Canisius (.420)
*A.J. English, Iona (.418)
8) Justin Robinson, Monmouth (.403)
T-9) Marcus Gilbert, Fairfield (.394)
T-9) Zane Waterman, Manhattan (.394)

Power Rankings
1) Monmouth (9-4, 1-1 MAAC)
Last Week: 
Last Game: Monday 12/28 at Army West Point (L 91-84)
Next Game: Monday 1/4 vs. Canisius, 7 p.m.

2) Iona (6-6, 3-0 MAAC)
Last Week: 5
Last Game: Saturday 1/2 at Quinnipiac (W 78-66)
Next Game: Monday 1/4 vs. Niagara, 7 p.m.

3) Siena (9-5, 2-1 MAAC)
Last Week: 
Last Game: Saturday 1/2 vs. Niagara (W 75-63)
Next Game: Monday 1/4 at Manhattan, 7 p.m.

4) Canisius (7-6, 2-1 MAAC)
Last Week:
Last Game: Saturday 1/2 at Marist (W 92-83)
Next Game: Monday 1/4 at Monmouth, 7 p.m.

5) Fairfield (6-6, 1-2 MAAC)
Last Week:
Last Game: Saturday 1/2 at Manhattan (L 72-66)
Next Game: Monday 1/4 vs. Dartmouth, 7 p.m. (Alumni Hall)

6) Saint Peter's (4-7, 2-0 MAAC)
Last Week: 
Last Game: Monday 12/28 vs. Cornell (L 65-62)
Next Game: Monday 1/4 at Marist, 7 p.m.

7) Marist (4-8, 1-2 MAAC)
Last Week:
Last Game: Saturday 1/2 vs. Canisius (L 92-83)
Next Game: Monday 1/4 vs. Saint Peter's, 7 p.m.

8) Manhattan (4-8, 1-2 MAAC)
Last Week: 
Last Game: Saturday 1/2 vs. Fairfield (W 72-66)
Next Game: Monday 1/4 vs. Siena, 7 p.m.

9) Quinnipiac (4-8, 1-2 MAAC)
Last Week:
Last Game: Saturday 1/2 vs. Iona (L 78-66)
Next Game: Monday 1/4 vs. Rider, 7 p.m.

10) Rider (4-9, 0-2 MAAC)
Last Week: 
Last Game: Wednesday 12/30 vs. Hartford (W 82-80)
Next Game: Monday 1/4 at Quinnipiac, 7 p.m.

11) Niagara (3-11, 1-2 MAAC)
Last Week: 
Last Game: Saturday 1/2 at Siena (L 75-63)
Next Game: Monday 1/4 at Iona, 7 p.m.

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