Monday, November 24, 2008

Guest Post: Ray Floriani on St. Bonaventure - Rutgers Game

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- St.Bonaventure upset Rutgers 64-63 in the Garden State Classic on Sunday at the RAC and two stats stand out. During a pre-game courtside chat Rutgers assistant Darren Savino said that one of the priorities in facing St.Bonaventure was to limit turnovers. For the game Rutgers had 15 turnovers but a significant stat was 11 came the first half.

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The 21% figure is just over the 20% suggested limit but not excessive. The 36% is another story. Those 11 first half turnovers were crucial as they prevented Rutgers from opening a lead. Rutgers led 24-23 at the half. After the game Bonnie coach Mark Schmidt noted the longer his team ‘hung around’ the more their confidence grew.

Another notable stat was offensive rebounding percentage


That figure and difference for Bonaventure was huge, literally and figuratively. The Bonnies were expected to have trouble with the Scarlet Knight frontcourt but actually won the battle of the boards.

The Final numbers


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