Big Ten Geeks on IU’s rim defense

  • 12/27/2013 2:54 pm in

Big Ten Geeks: Getting Defensive

Indiana is allowing a ton of looks at the rim, but the Hoosiers rank ninth in the nation in defensive effective field goal percentage. How can that be? You guessed it–shot-blocking.

Indiana is tops in the conference when it comes to blocking shots at the rim, which is part of how the Hoosiers have allowed a ridiculously low 46 percent field goal percentage at the rim. Still, even taking out the blocks, Indiana opponents have shot only 55 percent on unblocked shots at the rim, which is also the lowest figure in the conference.

That can be partially explained by Indiana’s shot-blocking prowess–after all, good shot blockers alter shots even when they don’t block them–but there also seems to be some good fortune and/or strength-of-schedule effects at work. It will be interesting going forward to see if Indiana can continue to stop opponents while allowing them so many dunk and layup attempts.

Given these numbers and the low 27.8 percent three-point shooting of Hoosier opponents, I’m not completely sold that this is a top 25 defense like KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency says it is. It seems that reversion to the mean could be biting Indiana’s defense in the near future. On a team that will have to rely on defense to grind out an NCAA tournament bid, that’s troubling.

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  • Most of those numbers can be attributed to our opponents’ lack of scoring ability. It’s easy to pad the stat sheet against cupcake teams. I’m not knocking our schedule. I think it’s good to play some warmup games especially when we lack experience, but I wouldn’t get too excited about any stats that come out of those games.

  • Alford Bailey

    Everybody seems to love Ken Pom and all the other stats sites and sure there is some incite to be gained there. I just think we tend to get carried away with it sometimes because numbers dont always tell the whole story.

  • MillaRed

    @MadisonHoosier: Hey Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant, thx for dropping 23 on The Hoosiers before failing as a college student. #muchappreciated

  • Alford Bailey

    Yea just our luck, huh. Oh well, lets look on the bright side, it was a good chance for our guys to go up against a big time guard prior to the B1G. Hows that for glass half full?

  • Devout Hoosier

    A big part of this is are length. All of our wings plus bigs and we make it hard for anyone to shoot. Playing JH and/or WS instead of a true shooting guard gives us 4 lengthy players in our starting lineup. Devin Davis coming off the bench for any of these keeps us big, but that may not continue if Crean reduces his minutes due to the high turnovers. I’m sure Crean will be criticized either way but there are some tricky decisions to be made going forward. I’ve never had this much data on a team with 11 underclassmen before but we have it due to how many of them Crean has played, now lets see what he does with it in B1G play.

  • ForeverIU

    I’m surprised no correlation was made between shot-blocking/alteration and rebounding, which is one of our strengths.

  • winston smith

    Numbers don’t always tell the story but words like “incite” do….

  • Alford Bailey

    My bad thanks lil winny.

  • winston smith

    Sorry. i’m a little anal when it comes to speling, puntuation and vocabuolary.

  • thrawnjan

    me to!

  • Alford Bailey

    O yes I see you are more gooder at it