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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Oakland 3-pointers allowed

There has been a lot of talk about how many 3-pointers Oakland has given up this season, so I thought I would investigate how big the problem really was or wasn’t.
The Golden Grizzlies have given up 85 3-pointers in 10 games this season, which is, as of Tuesday night, the third most in the nation behind only Hartford (109 in 10 games) and South Alabama (87 in 9 games).
If you calculate 3-pointers given up per game then Oakland’s 8.5 3-pointers allowed per game is the 13th most in the nation.
Giving up a lot of 3-pointers doesn’t necessarily translate into losses. Of the 15 teams giving up the most 3-pointers in the nation, six have records .500 or above (South Alabama, Air Force, Liberty, South Carolina St., Drake and Oakland). Also don't forget Oakland was on the road for nine straight games to start the season and the amount of 3-pointers given up could be due to tired legs.
Below is a break down of the teams giving up the most 3-pointers in the nation. It should be pretty accurate, but I can’t 100 percent guarantee anything since I did it all by hand (the NCAA doesn’t have this stat, just 3-point field goal percentage defense). Oakland’s 3-point field goal percentage defense is 43.5, which 191st out of 330 teams in the nation.

1. Hartford (3-6), America East — 10.9 average (109 in 10 games)
2. Loyola Marymount (0-8), West Coast — 9.875 (79 in 8 games)
3. South Alabama (6-3), Sun Belt — 9.67 (87 in 9 games)
4. UNC-Asheville (3-5), Big South — 9.375 (75 in 8 games)
5. Air Force (6-2), Mountain West — 9.25 (74 in 8 games)
Liberty (6-2), Big South — 9.25 (74 in 8 games)
7. South Carolina St. (4-3), MEAC — 9 (63 in 7 games)
8. Houston Baptist (0-8) Independent — 8.875 (71 in 8 games)
Brown (3-5), Ivy League — 8.875 (71 in 8 games)
10. UNC-Wilmington (3-6), CAA — 8.67 (78 in 9 games)
11. Rice (3-5), Conference USA — 8.625 (69 in 8 games)
North Florida (0-7), Atlantic Sun — 8.57 (60 in 7 games)
13. Oakland (5-5), Summit — 8.5 (85 in 10 games)
Troy (3-5), Sun Belt — 8.5 (68 in 8 games)
15. Drake (6-2), Missouri Valley — 8.375 (67 in 8 games)
Winthrop (1-7), Big South — 8.375 (67 in 8 games)
Robert Morris (4-4), Northeast — 8.375 (67 in 8 games)

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Blogger Gary said...

Great research Dave! We're lucky to have you following OU basketball. I just left a big email response to your questions for Coach Kampe on the OU hoops forum. Thanks again!

December 9, 2008 at 11:36 PM 

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