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How important is defending the three?
I was curious, so I looked up the top 25 and bottom 25 teams in defending the three.

Top 25 -

286-125 record 70.4%

Only 1 team has a losing record at 7-12

Mean 3 pt FG% allowed is 29.5%

Bottom 25

157-304 record 28%

Only 5 teams have a winning record, with three at 9-8, 9-8 and 9-7

Mean 3 pt% allowed is 39.3%

So, about a 10% difference between bottom and top.

20 attempts per game x 3 = 60 potential points

60 x 29.5% = 17.7 ppg
60 x 39.3% = 23.58 ppg

That is right at a 6 point difference per game gained by being a top three point defensive team.
01-11-2018 06:13 PM
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RE: How important is defending the three?
It's really big to defend the 3. Cacok did better in the 2nd half but was too slow getting out there in the 1st half. You can't do that against Elon. Heck, if we had Matt available, we would have that threat too.
01-11-2018 09:23 PM
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How important is defending the three?
(01-11-2018 09:23 PM)billthebighawksfan Wrote:  It's really big to defend the 3. Cacok did better in the 2nd half but was too slow getting out there in the 1st half. You can't do that against Elon. Heck, if we had Matt available, we would have that threat too.

Again, I like Matt and I’m sure he’s a great guy. However, I’m not gonna put a lot of “we would’ve been so much better with Elmore” sauce on my noodles since we’ve hardly seen him play at this level his freshman year and even then it wasn’t overly impressive.


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01-11-2018 09:47 PM
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RE: How important is defending the three?
I didn't say that UNCW would be much better. Matt can extend the floor and no other big for UNCW can. That makes a difference. It opens up driving lanes for drivers.
01-11-2018 11:38 PM
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How important is defending the three?
(01-11-2018 11:38 PM)billthebighawksfan Wrote:  I didn't say that UNCW would be much better. Matt can extend the floor and no other big for UNCW can. That makes a difference. It opens up driving lanes for drivers.


Gotcha. I’m just saying I don’t know that he can do what you’re saying. It didn’t happen last year and he’s been injured all of this year. To say he can definitively do anything that would improve our play at the D1 level, I just can’t do it.

I hope he can. We just haven’t seen it, and it’s not his fault.


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01-11-2018 11:59 PM
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RE: How important is defending the three?
(01-11-2018 06:13 PM)82hawk Wrote:  Bottom 25

157-304 record 28%

Only 5 teams have a winning record, with three at 9-8, 9-8 and 9-7

Mean 3 pt% allowed is 39.3%
What's the best record of those teams? Hofstra is 10-7 while allowing .393. Before yesterday's games, Hofstra was tenth worst at .399 according to the NCAA. Hofstra has 3 wins in which they allowed at least 10 three-pointers with a percentage of .385 or better. The rest of the CAA has 7 wins when allowing that.
01-12-2018 10:41 AM
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RE: How important is defending the three?
I saw Elmore in high school but he played at a very low level-2A and that is just no indicator of how a kid might play at the D1 level. He did dominate but it was against players no taller than 6-3 both times I saw them play.
01-15-2018 12:14 PM
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RE: How important is defending the three?
McGrath was high on Elmore's improvement from last year before his injury.
01-15-2018 12:54 PM
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RE: How important is defending the three?
(01-15-2018 12:54 PM)SEA33HAWK Wrote:  McGrath was high on Elmore's improvement from last year before his injury.
Yep, and if any Coach is going to give him a shot, McGrath is the one to do it. I think it will ultimately be up to Matt and how hard he is willing to work to get ready for next season. He has all the tools to dominate in the CAA. And he has the staff to have him ready.
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RE: How important is defending the three?
(01-15-2018 01:14 PM)surfsalot Wrote:  
(01-15-2018 12:54 PM)SEA33HAWK Wrote:  McGrath was high on Elmore's improvement from last year before his injury.
He has all the tools to dominate in the CAA.

Let's not get carried away here. I personally think he could be a very solid player, but Dominate means like CaCock level, lets not get carried away!
01-15-2018 03:36 PM
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