Drury overtakes Bisons in final minutes to win 85-82

At long last, I have a review of Friday night’s game against Drury, but I feel compelled to share the reason for my delay.  Melissa’s car was stolen at some point Sunday night, and when you add that to the stress of trying to close on our house, well, it’s been a rough few days.  I did manage to listen to some of the game on Friday, although I mostly just followed the live stats.  Our Harding broadcast crew tends not to be the most objective team, so that may have been better, anyway.

Here are the team and individual stats:

  DU HU +/-
Eff 113.3 112.5 0.8
TS% 59.0 63.2 -4.2
OR% 28.6% 20.0% 8.6%
TR 12.3 15.8 -3.5


## Player Name   MIN GS TS% PPR AR TR RR IPP Floor% %TP ORtg
24 Andrepont, Patrick.. f 13 1.4 50.0 2.6 40.0 20.0 18.9% 3.51 47.8% 5.0% 102.8
30 Hall, Matt………. f 34 23.1 64.8 3.9 8.8 0.0 10.9% 24.00 60.0% 23.4% 149.3
42 Thies, Jacob…….. c 15 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 8.2% 0.00 0.0% 2.3% 0.0
21 Sims, Brandon……. g 30 9.7 64.5 -4.4 7.6 15.3 8.2% 12.62 45.2% 14.3% 128.8
22 Barnett, Steven….. g 22 3.8 57.9 -1.5 35.3 26.5 14.0% 7.33 41.7% 10.8% 98.8
4 Kee, Cole………..   20 6.1 112.7 -10.0 0.0 29.1 3.1% 7.13 47.3% 7.7% 134.9
12 Bibb, Reggie……..   11 -0.4 0.0 -12.1 33.3 66.7 5.6% 1.17 20.4% 3.7% 46.5
15 Hamilton, Rick……   28 12.0 66.7 0.0 21.4 14.3 8.8% 11.79 56.6% 14.6% 117.3
32 Morgan, Trent…….   26 5.5 51.0 -6.4 11.9 17.9 7.1% 11.82 35.3% 18.3% 94.3
34 Bynum, Jesse……..   1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0% 0.00 0.0% 0.0% 0.0


You’ll notice a few of Dean Oliver’s stats there at the end.  Floor% is similar to true shooting percentage, using Oliver’s estimates of scoring possessions and total possessions.  IPP is individual points produced, similar to Hollinger’s game score (GS).  I also show the percent of total possessions used by the player and his offensive rating, which would be the number of points he produces per 100 possessions.  You can see that a team of Matt Halls would do quite well in that respect, aside from possible handling and rebounding issues.

Hall had one of his better games, mainly because he got back to the free throw line and scored 9 of his 27 points there.  He still seems like more of a stand-up shooter than he used to be.  I don’t know if that’s injury-related, but he’s just not as consistent as an inside threat this year.

It looks like Trent Morgan may have taken things into his own hands a little too much in this game.  Shooting is not yet a strong point for him, and his 4-of-10 effort stands out as one of the poorer lines for the Bisons.  Usually those performances are reserved for Cole Kee, who was an efficient 3-for-4 (all threes).  He did play some minutes at the point, it would appear, so I guess it’s not all bad.  Barnett has been better this year (though inconsistent), and Bibb does not appear to have improved at all offensively, so Morgan may be a step in the right direction there.  If he shoots better, that should work out fine.

It’s hard for me to analyze the coaching in this game, since Drury is a very strong team and the Bisons are clearly fatigued.  Perhaps they could have been conditioned better, and the Bisons’ up-tempo style can’t be helping that aspect of the game.  Against better opponents, it’s usually a good idea to slow things down, giving them fewer opportunities to pull ahead, but it’s also difficult to break from your overall philosophy.

As usual, the Bisons are playing faster than any other GSC team this year, averaging 76.3 possessions per game to the league’s 72.  That’s not as large a margin as it has been in previous years, though.  They’ll just have to keep forcing turnovers for the pace to work to their advantage.  As a smaller team with inconsistent outside shooting, that would seem to be the ideal strategy: play tenacious defense and make a concentrated effort to get easier inside shots on offense.  They’ll just have to be faster and better conditioned than their opponents come January, which of course is much easier said than done.

The Bisons play today and tomorrow in Hawaii before coming home for the holidays.  I won’t be following either of those games live, since they both start at 1 AM EST, but I will try to have reviews up promptly.  Then, they’ll have a tune-up against Central Baptist on January 4th before starting the Thursday-Saturday GSC schedule at Arkansas-Monticello on Saturday the 6th.

The latest stat file can be downloaded here.


4 thoughts on “Drury overtakes Bisons in final minutes to win 85-82

  1. Some pre comments before your full review.

    Bisons were severely out coached and out hustled by a team in much better condition.

    Drury made offensive adjustments at the half with absolutely no defensive response from the Bisons. Bisons continue to be one dimensional on both ends. Personel does not match the philosophy on either end. Trying to pound a square peg in a round hole.

  2. Sorry to hear about the car; that stinks. I’m assuming insurance will take care of it, but I can imagine that it must be a huge pain to deal with.

    On an entirely unrelated note, I saw on Elrod’s blog that you, like me, have a healthy disdain for Barry Bonds. From you website, I was intrigued to discover that we share several other interests as well: I miss being able to watch games in the Rhodes Fieldhouse, I am a huge Braves fan, am going through Lost-withdrawals, and I play with flying discs on a regular basis (though I play Ultimate, not Disc Golf so much).

  3. We’ll get some money in a few weeks if the car doesn’t turn up. That might be for the best, since it didn’t run well, and we’ll probably get more than it was worth. It just wasn’t something we needed to deal with while we’re trying to close on a new house.

    Indeed, Bonds is not on my Christmas Card list. Although, maybe if I sent him one, he could remove one of his fake muscles and turn it into a second baseman/left fielder for me. I’ve been wanting one of those for the Braves for a month or two now.

    Apparently I must have had a lot of time on my hands at the beginning of the summer, when I managed to catch all the way up on Lost (I had only seen it through the first season), follow the baseball season, and play disc golf just about every day. I had never played before this summer, but one of my friends from high school got me into it, and I liked it enough to keep going back. I had a job, too, so I don’t really know how I did it.

    Nowadays, following basketball and dealing with insurance companies takes up most of my free time. Only part of that is fun, and you can guess which part. Stupid basketball.

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