Sunday, January 4, 2009

Guest Contributor Ray Floriani: Notre Dame, St. John's & DePaul

by Ray Floriani

NEW YORK CITY - Norm Roberts might be on to something following St. John’s 71-65 over 10th ranked Notre Dame at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, the Red Storm mentor said in breaking down film he saw Luke Harangody was an outstanding passer. Rather than double the Irish threat and leave the perimeter vulnerable, Roberts played him straight up with Justin Burrell and defended the arc, It worked. Harangody scored 28 points (12 of 24 from the floor) and worked for virtually everything. Meanwhile. The Irish were 4 of 17 from three. Paris Horne forced Kyle McArlarney into a 4 of 12 (1of 5 from three) shooting afternoon.

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St.John’s did not take the best care of the ball. Their sins of turnover commission (two catholic schools, you know ) were forgiven by an impressive offensive rebounding rate. The pace, more to St.John’s liking. Another note -- Notre Dame was a more perimeter oriented team (remember John Gasaway’s POT would suggest ND favoring the poerimeter) than their opposition. The rundown on the percentage of field goals attempted beyond the arc.

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St. John's20

And St.John’s made 5 (threes) as opposed to Notre Dame’s 4.

Trends :
Two games into their conference schedules, and both clubs are 1-1. In both contests, Notre Dame has valued the ball. At DePaul in their Big ast opener, the Irish TO rate was 13%. In fact the DePaul game played at a lightning pace had both clubs taking good care of the ball.

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Another trend -- 20 of ND’s 67 field goal attempts were beyond the arc. That is 30% of their shot selection comes from downtown.

"You win on the road in the Big east and you’re thrilled. I’m glad we are 1-1. In this conference a one game win streak is huge." - Notre Dame coach Mike Brey.

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