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We're just like Xavier, except when we are terrible

Our fearless leader will soon be dropping a thorough examination of the Xavier Musketeers replete with all the four factors and other nerdery we've come to expect. I was too nervous to wait though, so I started digging through the stats a little early. I started by comparing the advanced team stats side-by-side. I then looked for the categories with the biggest variance. Most stats were within 4 percentage points, but there were 5 that stood out:

Xavier

Rank

NCSU

Rank

Assist%

57.9

46

49.3

239

FGpoint%

56.6

42

61.6

4

3pt FG%

35.4

128

30.3

327

FTrate

42

125

36.4

288

Dreb%

71.2

62

63.7

337

Assist%: This stat is more of an indicator of style and a higher or lower number is not necessarily good or bad. You see good teams at the bottom and at the top (but there are a lot more good teams at the top FWIW). If State had the higher number I would probably make the point that assisted baskets are typically easier baskets and can be a sign of offensive efficiency...but State does not have the higher number. Nothing to see here.

2ptFGpoint%: This is also a style-indicator stat. Both teams rank near the top (or bottom, or whatever) in the nation in this stat, but the Wolfpack are only 0.7 away from being the best (or worst, or whatever) in the country. This is what you should expect from teams that don't shoot 3's or get to the foul line. Moving on...

3ptFG%; Neither of these teams rely heavily on the 3-point shot. They both get right around 20% of the points from 3's which puts them among the bottom 50 teams in the country for that stat. However, Xavier needs less shots to get those points. It's not that they are particularly good at shooting 3's, it's that we are particularly bad at it. Being #327 means that only 24 teams are worse than us at shooting 3's. (Also, all of those 24 teams are terrible. I don't think that is a coincidence.)

FTrate: Neither team is great at hitting their free-throws but Xavier gets a lot more chances to not be great at hitting their free-throws. It's not that they are particularly good at getting to the free-throw line, it's that we are particularly bad at it. Being #288 means that only 63 teams have a lower FTrate than we do.

Dreb%: Defensive Rebounding Percentage tells you two things:
1) The percentage of defensive rebounds a team gets.
2) The percentage of offensive rebounds a team allows it's opponents to get.
So this stat tells us two things. Two terrible, terrible things. It's not that they are particularly good at rebounding on the defensive end, it's that we are particularly bad at it. Being #337 means that only 14 teams are worse at defensive rebounding than we are. (There is some discrepancy among websites about this particular stat. We could be as high as #328. So that's something!)

In summary, the team stats paint a picture of teams that are almost identical. Thank goodness the Wolfpack have just enough catastrophic differences to differentiate us from our opponent. THE END.

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Fooled ya! No way would I make my last post before our NCAA Tournament Play-In First Round game so damn depressing! Man I wish you could have seen your stupid face. It looked so stupid. Remember those deathly bad numbers for 3P%, FT Rate, and Dreb%? Of course you do! That's why you're crying! Well check out those same stats but from just the last 5 games:

Xavier

Season Comparison

NCSU

Season Comparison

3pt FG%

30.6

-4.8%

33.7

3.4%

FTate

36.7

-5.3%

39.9

3.5%

Dreb%

69.7

-1.5%

73.3

9.6%

That's right folks. Looks like our demons have been exorcised and cast into the herd of pigs that is the Xavier Musketeers. Let's just hope that the teams that show up in Dayton keep playing the way they were at the end of the season.

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