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Fairleigh Dickinson Offense 08-09
Four Factors Percent Nat'l Rank
eFG% 45.7 292
Turnover Rate 23.9 319
Off Reb Rate 31.9 208
FTA/FGA 42.5 31
Fairleigh Dickinson Offense 09-10
Four Factors Percent Nat'l Rank
eFG% 46.1 283
Turnover Rate 22.7 294
Off Reb Rate 29.3 285
FTA/FGA 44.3 43







Not much has gone right for Fairleigh Dickinson over the last couple of years; they were competitive in the Northeastern Conference last season, but that's not saying a whole lot.  When the coolest thing you can say about your basketball program is that Frederick Law Olmsted designed one of your campuses, and that thing has absolutely nothing to do with said basketball program, you know you have a problem.

They've been profoundly bad at the offensive end, unable to score from anywhere on the floor, incapable of protecting the ball or grabbing misses.  Clearly a tough case of Chronic Brick Fatigue Syndrome. They have at least managed to get themselves to the free throw line, but as strengths go, that's not a very useful one.  Especially when you're one of the worst free throw shooting teams in the country.

They haven't bothered to take very many threes since 2009, and with good reason: they suffer from a lack of options.  In 2009 they had four guys attempt 40 or more three-pointers, and only one of them managed to break 26%.  Last season the problem was not as pronounced, but only two regulars cracked 30%.  Based on those numbers and their high free throw rate, it looks like this was a team that attacked the hoop whenever possible. 

It's too early to tell yet, but that may be changing.  Through two games this season, over 40% of their field goal attempts have come from outside, and they aren't getting trips to the line at nearly the same rate.  Naturally, this change has meant little to their effectiveness.  In fact, they may be worse for it.

The Knights will rely heavily on their starting five, and point guard Mike Scott in particular.  Reserves have scored all of eight points for FDU this season.


Mike Scott (6-0, 180) -- Scott logged a lot of minutes for the Knights in 2010 and was a critical piece of the offense for his ability to make FTs at a high rate and at least make a passable percentage of his three-point attempts.  Although he was second on the team in scoring, he was more of a distributor than a scorer and deferred to a couple of high-usage seniors when it came time to throw the round thing near the hoop.  This year he's carrying the load, taking almost 30% of FDU's shots.  He's off to a good start, and his scoring average reflects that: 21.5 PPG.  It's good thing he's playing well, because only one other guy on the team has an eFG% above 27.7. (Yikes.)

Scott may not come off the floor on Saturday, and he'll have the ball in his hands often, which is the way it must be.

Terence Grier (6-0, 180) -- Grier is a bit of a rarity on this team in that he's actually been at FDU for more than two years.  His profile has not changed much during his time as a Knight: he takes about 45 threes each year and makes about 27% of those, he makes about 49% of his twos, he shoots around 50% at the line.

Briahn Smith (6-4, 195) -- Smith is a transfer from a community college in Detroit, and while it's hard to tell what sort of player he is at this point, you know what they say about guys with extraneous consonants in their first names.  That saying which I just made up is that they like to get points.  Smith is no exception.  He's taking more shots than Scott, a serious miscalculation by an offense that must maximize its looks to avoid total ugliness.  Twenty-seven field goal attempts in 48 minutes, to go with zero assists.  Also, he's only made five baskets, which is super not helpful.

Mathias Seilund (6-7, 205) -- The freshman is off to a 4-18 start, 0-7 from beyond the arc, and hasn't been much of a rebounder.  It's a real mess out  there, man.

Kamil Svrdlik (6-8, 235) -- Svrdlik has hardly factored into the offense this season, and when he was a regular contributor in 2010, he was not very good.  But he's the only decent rebounder they have.  The fact that he's getting 36+ minutes a night tells you what the coaches think of what they have in reserve here.


Tyler Reynolds (6-4, 185), DeShawn Dockery (5-11, 160), John Galvin (6-8, 250).  Crap, crap, and crap, respectively.  Galvin has attempted one shot in 33 minutes, which is impressive in a way.


Fairleigh Dickinson Defense 08-09
Four Factors Percent Nat'l Rank
eFG% 53.0 320
Turnover Rate 20.3 168
Off Reb Rate 39.2 335
FTA/FGA 31.9 69
Fairleigh Dickinson Defense 09-10
Four Factors Percent Nat'l Rank
eFG% 49.1 169
Turnover Rate 17.8 307
Off Reb Rate 32.9 188
FTA/FGA 36.5 150







Yeah, the situation is not any different at this end.  It's a short team, and not a disruptive one.  Two years ago their FG% defense was horrible inside and out, while last season they were at least able to cut down on opponents' two-point accuracy.  Through two games this year, both losses, opponents have made over 40% of their threes and grabbed over 40% of their missed shots.  Bad combo, that.