Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Thursday Round-up

One more day to go.....

Chicago Tribune - UNLV presents NCAA challenge to Illinois
- Coach Webber concerned about UNLV Defensive pressure, athleticism, ability to stretch the floor
- Rebels 15th in the nation in "adjusted defensive efficiency" - not familiar with this statistic, more below
- Hopes Rebels get the tournament jitters, play at a higher than normal speed and take bad shots - Unusual statistical analysis including the ADE named above. I'm not going to repost what he wrote, its too long (in the help section).

Hail to the orange - Illinois Fighting Illini and UNLV Runnin' Rebels by the Numbers
- obviously biased towards Illinois
- UNLV better at drawing fouls than Illinois
- UNLV designed to grab turnovers, disadvantage Illinois - 2011 March Madness Preview - Illinois Fighting Illini

KTNV - Video of Rebels boarding bus to depart for Tulsa

Statistics comparing UNLV and Illinois - Courtesy of

UNLV is better than Illinois this season

- UNLV is ranked higher than Illinois in their conference (#3 vs #4)
- Computers think UNLV is better with an RPI this season that is better than Illinois (RPI: #25 vs #48)
- UNLV has a better overall record than Illinois this season (24-8 vs 19-13)
- UNLV has a better record on the road than Illinois this season (8-3 vs 3-7)
- UNLV has a better conference record than Illinois this season (11-5 vs 9-9)
- UNLV has a better record in close games than Illinois this season (5-1 vs 2-8)

UNLV is better than Illinois historically

- UNLV has more wins over the last 5 years than Illinois (144 vs 129)
- UNLV has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 5 years (0.747 to 0.599)

The Mountain West is a better conference than the Big Ten

- Last year the Mountain West performed much better in non-conference close games than the Big Ten (0.69697 vs 0.447368)
- The Mountain West has teams that are better at scoring, steals, and rebounding than any team in the Big Ten
- The top ranking player between the two conferences for points, rebounds, field goals made, free throws made, three pointers, assists, steals, and blocks is in the Mountain West

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1 comment:

  1. Hopefully this will be one for the ages. Go Rebels!