The numbers behind Syracuse’s 3-point shooting frequency and efficiency

first_imgQuentin Hillsman has said he wants Syracuse to shoot 30 3-pointers every game. He said he hopes for 10 makes from beyond the arc every time out.Syracuse’s route to reaching those numbers hasn’t always looked efficient on paper. The Orange shoots just 30.8 percent from distance. Even when SU’s players miss shots, Hillsman urges them to keep shooting, and for good reason.The Orange (17-5, 5-4 Atlantic Coast) ranks third in the country with 679 3-pointers attempted, ninth with 209 made 3-pointers and 11th with 9.5 made 3s per game. But Syracuse ranks 209th in 3-point field goal percentage at 30.8 percent. But, its effective field goal percentage bears out a much more productive offensive team.Effective field goal percentage accounts for the fact that 3-pointers are worth 50 percent more than 2s. Thirty-three percent from 3 equals 50 percent from 2. So for Syracuse, the amount of 3s it attempts are bound to make the Orange more effective scoring than the simple percentages.Syracuse has tallied a 48.5 effective field goal percentage on the season. That’s higher than its 41.1 percent overall from the field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSometimes, the strategy to keep shooting it from deep backfires. Against N.C. State on Jan. 14 and Miami on Jan. 18, Syracuse made nine 3s, near its season average. But against the Wolfpack, SU missed 20 3s and the Orange went on to miss 26 3s against the Hurricanes. The Orange lost both those games.“It doesn’t matter how many shots I miss, he’s gonna tell me to keep shooting,” Gabrielle Cooper said on Nov. 28.In the long run, the strategy pays off for the Orange. Percentages that on paper look putrid from inside the arc can still be somewhat effective from deep. Tiana Mangakahia makes 26.2 percent from deep, Digna Strautmane makes 22.6 percent from 3 and Isis Young makes 29.2 percent from downtown. But all three are firmly above 40 percent in effective field goal percentage, much more bearable because of the frequency with which they shoot the 3-ball.Against then-No. 11 Florida State on Jan. 7, Syracuse took 20 3s in the first half. It made just five. That 25 percent from 3 equates to a still unimpressive 37.5 percent from two. But SU didn’t shy away from letting it fly in the second half. The Orange shot 16 second-half 3s and made eight on the way to an upset victory. Miranda Drummond made 3-for-8 from 3 in the first half but then was a perfect 5-for-5 in the second half.In every game except a loss to then-No. 5 Mississippi State, Syracuse has shot more 3s than its opponent. Sometimes, the hot shooting comes in the first half, unlike the game against FSU.Against Pittsburgh, SU shot 8-for-14 in the first half from distance. But the Orange only made 2-of-16 in the second. The power of the 3 had already done the necessary damage, though. A 13-point halftime lead proved too much for the Panthers to overcome, and 24 of SU’s 44 point in the half came from beyond the arc. Cooper went 4-for-6 from 3 in the first half and then missed all four attempts from deep in the second.“When I get the ball, I try to get the ball up there and do what I do,” Gabrielle Cooper said on Nov. 28, summing up Hillsman and SU’s strategy.The Orange takes and makes almost as many 3s as any team in the country. But the rate at which SU makes them is mediocre, at best. By sheer volume of attempts and conversions, though, Syracuse makes up for that mediocrity with an absolute ferocity with which it stands by the 3-ball.“Hoping for the day that they could start knocking down some more of those 3-point shots,” Hillsman said on Nov. 28. “I think it’s gonna change the whole complexion of the way we play.” Comments Published on January 29, 2018 at 10:25 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

LA Clippers’ Blake Griffin raves about Steph Curry

first_imgThere may be no love lost between these rival teams, but there is respect. Curry gets that from Clippers forward Blake Griffin, who is having a fine campaign in his own right.“You just have to constantly be aware and always know where he’s at and know your scheme for each situation,” Griffin said. “He’s playing at an unbelievable rate, just an unbelievable mindset right now. You’ve just got to try to make it tough on him.”Griffin is averaging a career-high 26.6 points and is shooting 55.8 percent from the field, his best in five-plus campaigns.What amazes Clippers coach Doc Rivers is the way Curry shoots. He’s not just coming off screens.“He’s not only just catch and shoot, it’s off the dribble and shoot. … I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything like it,” he said. Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors entered this season never having shot better than 49 percent from the field. His top percentage from 3-point range was a fine 45.5 percent. Both numbers came in the same 2011-12 season, in which he played only 23 games.His highest scoring average was 24.0 in 2013-14.Last season, when he won the MVP award and led the Warriors to the NBA title, Curry shot 48.7 percent, 44.3 from long-distance. He averaged 23.8 points.Curry entered Thursday’s game against the Clippers at Staples Center averaging a league-high 33.7 points. He was shooting 52.1 percent from the field, 45.6 (62 of 135) from beyond the arc. 3-point woesIt was pointed out to Clippers guard Austin Rivers at the morning shootaround that the Clippers were sitting 25th among 30 NBA teams in 3-point shooting percentage. But Rivers correctly responded that it’s not as bad as it might seem.“I think we got off to a slow start, so that’s probably why our percentage is down. I think as of lately we’ve been shooting a little bit better. It’s only like one small aspect of the whole game, so we’re not really even focused on it. It’s just, if we’re shooting well from 3, we’re shooting well. If we’re not, we’re not. At the end of the day, we just care if we win or not. We could be 28th in the league in 3s and if we have one of the best records in the league, we (couldn’t) care less. We’re just trying to win games.”The Clippers entered the game shooting 31.1 percent. It was worse. After shooting 26.3 percent from long distance in a 94-92 win over Memphis on Nov. 9, the Clippers shot 44.4 percent, 34.6 and 36.8 at Dallas, at Phoenix and against Detroit, respectively. The Clippers lost two of the three. Rivers on McHale firingThe firing of Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale on Wednesday after a 4-7 start seems to have been a stunner. All McHale did this past season was lead the Rockets to the Western Conference finals, a place the team had not been since the 1996-97 season.In getting that far, McHale led his team back from a 3-1 deficit to the Clippers in the conference semifinals, to advance.Count Doc Rivers among those left shaking his head.“Yeah, very,” he said, when asked if he was astonished by the news. “I think it’s surprising for everyone. They only made it to the Western (Conference) finals last year. But that’s our league. And I think I’ve given this speech now my last 11 years a lot – nothing surprises me anymore.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Tottenham fans FUMING as VAR denies penalty for Lascelles ‘rugby tackle’

first_imgTOTTENHAM fans were fuming on Twitter after VAR denied them a penalty during their 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle today.Harry Kane had broken into the penalty area tracked by Jamaal Lascelles when the Magpies’ centre-half lost his footing and fell at the feet of Kane.1 Bitter Spurs fans were fuming online after VAR denied Harry Kane a penalty for a ‘rugby tackle’ by Jamaal LascellesCredit: AFP or licensorsWhile there was contact made, the England striker appeared to lean into the sprawling defender to ensure he was touched before he went crashing to the turf.Flamboyant ref Mike Dean waved play on and his decision was met with wild protestations from fans inside the ground.PROTESTATIONSBut – amid protests from Spurs’ players – the next time the ball went out of play, Dean held play up while the VAR was checking whether or not it should have been a pen.Replays were shown and after a short delay, the message flashed up that the no penalty decision had been upheld.And while opinion was split online, many bitter Spurs fans were fuming with the decision.One tweeted: “VAR too scared to overrule the on field refs all weekend.”They might as well not bother, the Chelsea and United games yesterday were a joke and now a rugby tackle on Kane is fine too?”ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneLATEST FOOTBALL NEWSSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleWhile another added: “VAR has had a shocker today. Two definite penalties not given. Lascelles with a blatant rugby tackle to Kane.”But Harry Lewis did not see what all the fuss was about and tweeted: “Rugby tackle? Watch it back lad, didn’t touch him Kane jumped on the floor. Blame Kane for missing the ball and blame Moura for missing an open goal.”Many called for a pen but one wonders how severe the protests would have been if Spurs weren’t trailing at home to a club in the middle of a crisis.He literally throws himself into Kane like a rugby tackle 😂😂😂😂Get your salt out of here.— The Amakhosi (@TheAmakhosi) August 25, 2019 #VAR and the clueless folks sat in their booth with their million screens !!If they can’t decipher that last week’s City goal WAS a Goal And that this … Kane was taken out by a Rugby tackle … Yet …What is the point of the farce ?? #Tottenham— Sully (@Sulsters_inc) August 25, 2019 Booked joelinton? Rugby tackle? Watch it back lad, didn’t touch him Kane jumped on the floor. Blame Kane for missing the ball, blame moura for missing an open goal lmao— Harry (@AfcHqrry) August 25, 2019last_img read more