Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Guest Contributor Ray Floriani: The Value of Turnovers, Part 2

by Ray Floriani

TEANECK, NJ - How do you give up an effective field goal percentage of 60% and a two point field goal mark of 64% and win? Simple, force turnovers. Something Rhode Island (runners-up to Villanova in the Hoop Group Classic) did very well in a 95-80 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Tuesday.

The Final numbers:


The pace was not for the faint of heart. URI full court pressed and ran. When FDU broke the press they were just as willing to floor it offensively. The big difference here was the first half. Coach Jim Baron’s club led 47-31 at intermission. The second half Rhody built leads in the twenties. FDU would go on a run yet never seriously threaten. Again, FDU shot 60% (eFG%) the first half but the difference was those dreaded turnovers.



While the Knights shot well from the field, having 41% of your possessions end in turnovers accounted for their poor offensive efficiency. Final note:  Really admired URI’s ball movement and willingness to make that extra pass. Jimmy Baron is a scorer, is occasionally used as a decoy and is willing to feed open teammates. On the night URI had 24 assists on their 36 field goals. That means 67% of their field goals resulted from passes. Impressive indeed.

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