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: | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Two Donegal winners at Food Safety Assurance Awards

first_imgThe Food Safety Professionals Association presented two Donegal catering businesses with an award at the Food Safety Assurance Awards on Wednesday last. Castlerea Community School and O’Donnell’s Bakery both received the Food Safety and Hygiene Award for recognition as being the best in class.Achieving the Award is the culmination of hard work, attention to detail and being fastidious about Hygiene Matters.More than that, it is an attitude and a commitment to quality, setting and maintaining the highest standards above and beyond the Regulatory Environment. Eibhlin O Leary, Training and Compliance Manager at The Food Safety Authority congratulated the companies on their achievement and prioritising protecting consumers health and working in the best interests of their customers and should be commended for doing so.Mary Daly, Chairperson of The Food Safety Professionals Association, said that she would like Winners to display the Award in a prominent place, include it in all promotional material and be justifiably proud of their wonderful achievement.”O’Donnell’s Bakery, Laghey1. Eibhlin O’Leary. Training & Compliance Manager, Food Safety Authority of Ireland2. Andrew McElhinney3. Sarah Ann McElhinney4. Lorraine Oman, FSPA5. Martin Lynch, FSPADonegal Region1. Lorraine Oman. FSPA2. Billy McGill. Get Fresh Catering Ltd @ Castlerea Community School3. Eibhlin O’Leary. Training & Compliance Manager, Food Safety Authority of Ireland4. Sarah Ann McElhinney, O’Donnell’s Bakery5. Andrew McElhinney, O’Donnell’s Bakery1. Eibhlin O’Leary, Training & Compliance Manager, Food Safety Authority of Ireland2. Billy McGill, Get Fresh Catering Ltd @ Castlerea Community School3. Mary Daly, Chairperson, FSPATwo Donegal winners at Food Safety Assurance Awards was last modified: March 2nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Awards honour SA musicians

first_imgFreshlyground celebrating their victoryAt the Sama awards. HHP with his Sama awardKhanyi MagubaneThe crème de la crème of the South African music industry and die-hard music fans alike braved the cold, rainy weather to attend the 14th MTN South African Music Awards (Sama) on 3 May 2008. Held at the Sun City entertainment and casino resort in the North West province, the Grammy’s of South Africa attracted much attention as top musicians battled for various awards.The show’s producer and Sama CEO, Sean Watson, says the event has grown from strength to strength, from just 25 awards to artists at the first ceremony in 1994, to over 50 awarded at this year’s ceremony, “We count the live TV broadcast of the awards as a milestone in the history of the awards,” says Watson. “Audience expectations have grown over the years and we needed to adapt accordingly, without compromising the live audience.”The glittering Sama awards, afforded musicians the opportunity to showcase their talents to their peers and the millions of viewers who tuned in to watch the event live on television.A highlight at the show was the lifetime award tribute to slain international reggae star Lucky Dube. He was shot and killed in a botched highjacking earlier this year. The muso was honoured with a highly spirited and touching performance by his band, the Lucky Dube Band, who were joined by award-winning Afro-pop group Freshlyground and the penny whistle trio of brothers Kwela Tebza.The event was also a big night for South Africa’s top Hip Hop artist, Hip Hop Pantsula, popularly known as “HHP”. He walked away with best male artist of the year and best rap album.Freshlyground scooped three awards – the album of the year for their third offering Macheri, the best duo/group award as well as the best English adult contemporary award. Kwela Tebza, renowned for their eclectic outfits, walked away with the best African adult contemporary award.The other lifetime achievement award went to Gérard Korsten (popularly known as Gé), the Afrikaans opera singer who died in 1999. His extensive career began in 1965 and he was a popular figure in Afrikaans culture.South Africa has a thriving music industry working in a richly diverse musical landscape. Besides enjoying universal genres like jazz, R and B and pop, there are also unique traditional styles like maskandi and mbaqanga. Then there is the more modern kwaito, a type of contemporary township pop music. Gospel music is one of the top selling genres in South Africa and currently enjoys the most categories at the Samas.How it worksThe South African Music Awards were inaugurated in 1995, and they recognise high quality work produced in the areas of musical production, engineering and video production. The awards are run by the Recording Industry of South Africa, an organisation committed to “improving the state of the South African recording industry and promoting and safeguarding the interests of all member record companies, no matter what size”.Each year, record companies enter their artists into the various categories and judging panels, made up of industry experts, judge the entries and decide on a number of nominees. After the judges have selected entries, the nominees are announced about three months ahead of the awards. The judges are also responsible for choosing winners, who are then announced on the night.All material entered for this year’s awards must have been released between 1 December 2006 and 30 November 2007. The Best Selling Album, Best Music Video and Record of the Year are excluded from this rule.Useful linksSouth African Music AwardsRecording industry of South Africa South African Music Rights Associationlast_img read more

Berry field night July 7

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Growers wanting to know more about production of a variety of berries not traditionally grown in Ohio can learn more about how these crops can add income to your farm during an upcoming workshop conducted by horticulture and viticulture experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.A Super Berry Field Night will be offered July 7 to help new and experienced growers learn more about black goji berries and other so-called “super fruits,” including blackberries, blueberries, elderberries, aronia and red goji berries, said Gary Gao, an Ohio State University Extension specialist and associate professor of small fruit crops at Ohio State University South Centers at Piketon.Super berries or super fruits are fruit crops that are known to have high antioxidant content and many health benefits, Gao said. The fruits’ health benefits have created a strong market for local growers who can increase farm incomes thanks to increased consumer demand for more Ohio-grown super fruits, he said.“Black goji berries, which is a fairly new crop to Ohio fruit production, are growing in consumer popularity because they are known to have more antioxidants and health benefits,” Gao said. “Although this new variety of berries can be difficult to grow, it’s a new and exciting crop that has many growers and consumers very interested.”The workshops will also offer information on pest management, trellis construction and how to use containers for extended-season fruit production, he said.“We’ll show growers how to produce fruits such as blueberries, raspberries and black berries in containers as well as how to identify diseases and insects,” Gao said. “We’ll also discuss how to manage vineyard canopies to expose grape clusters to more sunlight, which helps to improve fruit quality.“Growers will also learn about different container fruit production systems and practical trellising techniques to keep plants protected from weather.”The program is 6 to 9 p.m. at the OSU South Centers’ Endeavor Center, 1862 Shyville Road, in Piketon.Conducting the workshop will be researchers and educators with OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, including Gao, viticulture outreach specialist Dave Scurlock and research assistant Ryan Slaughter.The workshop will focus on:* Blueberry cultivars and production techniques.* Summer vineyard management practices.* Blackberry production systems.* Introduction to elderberry, aronia and goji berry production.* Container fruit production.* Chemigation for pest management.A field tour is also scheduled.Registration for the workshop is $15 and includes the program, handouts and a light dinner. Contact Charissa Gardner at 740-289-2071, ext. 132, to register or for more information. The deadline to register is July 5.last_img read more

Touch Football and Australian Links Continue to Blossom in Japan

first_imgAustralian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop MP visited the Australian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan yesterday to launch the 2018 Australia now initiative and promote sports diplomacy between the two countries with the Touch Football Blossoms in Japan project as the centre piece.The event showcased a skills demonstration by Touch Football Australia (TFA) and Japan Touch Association (JTA) to promote female participation in sport. TFA High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant, attended the launch and highlighted the benefits the project offers.“Through this project, we are hopeful that the Japanese participants will be able to not only improve their touch football skills, but also experience the benefits that living a healthy lifestyle and engaging in regular physical activity provides,” Grant said.Australian Women’s Open player, Ms Marikki Watego, was also in attendance and had the honour of playing with JTA female players at the Embassy Garden in the presence of the Foreign Minister.“I am privileged to have had the opportunity to represent Australia and play alongside Japan players to promote our game. This project is highly beneficial for growing Touch Football in the Asian region and further expand the game on an international level,” Watego said.The combined TFA and JTA project aims to increase Japanese women’s participation in sport and raise the profile of touch football in Japan. The project funded by the Australia-Japan Foundation has provided an opportunity for nearly 300 Japanese female players to learn from the best TFA coaches.The project is delivering participation clinics for girls aged 12 to 20 in regions of Tokushima, Osaka and Chiba. While in country, TFA has been establishing longer term participation programs through the training and education of the Japan Touch Association workforce. This will establish a sustainable model for participation and provide over 300 girls the opportunity to participate and benefit from physical activity.The intention of the project is to assist JTA to build governance, and commercial and sport development models to set it up for longer term sustainability. Touch Football is certainly growing in Japan; however, there is a lack of resources and structure currently to allow it to reach its full potential. TFA has the expertise and resources needed for the sport to flourish in Japan. The skills sharing, expertise and support will accelerate growth and longer term viability.TFA is working closely and regularly with JTA, the Australia Japan Foundation and government contacts in both Australia and Japan. TFA’s General Manager of Engagement and Compliance, Tim Arnold, expressed his delight towards the project and the benefits of the joint initiative.“We are excited to assist in increasing the opportunities awarded to female participants playing Touch Football globally,” he said.“We are privileged to have the support of the Australia-Japan Foundation which is accelerating a lot of the plans we developed with JTA at the beginning of 2016 when the partnership was announced.“This project will indeed provide a legacy for the sport of touch football to continue to grow; from the grassroots to the elite levels in Japan.“Sports diplomacy plays a critical role in strengthening the relationship between nationals and we can’t wait to continue working with and the Australian Government as part of the 2018 Australia now initiative in Japan next year Arnold added.TFA is committed to the long-term partnership with JTA and would like to acknowledge and thank the Australian Japan Foundation and the Australian Government for its support in delivering the project to grow the game and awareness internationally. Related LinksAustralia and Japanlast_img read more