Tuesday, February 06, 2007

UCLA Superlative Statistics 2/7

By Bruin Basketball Report

College basketball fans are familiar with published statistics such as rebounds, assists, points scored, and field goal and free throw percentage as a marker of a player's performance and contribution to his team.

Those who follow UCLA basketball and know the value Head Coach Ben Howland places on hustle, toughness, and performance under pressure will appreciate a different set of statistics kept by the team.  Statistics referred to as the "Superlative Statistics".

Charges Taken
1. Lorenzo Mata - 10
1. Alfred Aboya - 10
3. Russell Westbrook - 4
4. Ryan Wright - 3
5. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - 2
UCLA 30, Opponents 24

Dives For Loose Balls
1. Lorenzo Mata - 20
2. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - 12
3. Darren Collison - 9
4. Russell Westbrook - 8
5. Arron Afflalo - 7
UCLA 78, Opponents 53

Second Chance Points
1. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - 51
2. Josh Shipp - 43
3. Lorenzo Mata - 31
4. Alfred Aboya - 29
5. Arron Afflalo  - 28
UCLA 229, Opponents 184

Points in the Paint
1. Josh Shipp - 146
2. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - 120
3. Lorenzo Mata - 112
4. Arron Afflalo  - 102
4. Darren Collison - 102
UCLA 726, Opponents 516

3-PT Plays Attempted
1. Arron Afflalo - 9
2. Josh Shipp - 8
3. Darren Collison - 7
4. Lorenzo Mata - 4
4. Alfred Aboya - 4
UCLA 39, Opponents 36

FT% Last Four Minutes in Game
1. Michael Roll - 2 of 2 (1.000)
2. Josh Shipp - 10 of 12 (.833)
3. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - 5 of 6 (.833)
4. Darren Collison - 18 of 23 (.783)
5. James Keefe - 3 of 4 (.750)
UCLA 54 of 76 (.710), Opponents 35 of 54 (.648)

Control the Tip
1. Lorenzo Mata - 15 of 21 (.714)

see Superlative Statistics from 1/11

Source: UCLA Athletic Department (2/7/07)



At Feb 7, 2007, 1:09:00 AM, Anonymous jrbruin2001 said...

The only numbers that I personally don't think is so great are the 3 pt plays attempted. Although we have 3 pt shooters, we're not a 3 pt shooting team ala WVA (last year). I think we should have less plays ran compared to our opponents.

At Feb 7, 2007, 1:17:00 AM, Anonymous JonW said...

Not surprised about the toughness of LoMata and Alfred in taking charges and diving for balls - those guys are tough - but one guy I'm really impressed with is Russell Westbrook!
If you were to calculate those numbers to charges per 40 minutes played --- he'd be way up there and he is a perimeter defender!!! An under-rated defender is more like it!

At Feb 7, 2007, 2:32:00 AM, Anonymous KNOT Smart said...

JRBruin2001, I'm pretty sure we have attempted more than 39 3-pointers. The stat is referring to 3pt-plays attepted, as in "and 1" plays...shot plus the foul. not 3 ptrs. YOR bad.

At Feb 7, 2007, 2:32:00 AM, Anonymous Brian H said...

JrBruin It's not 3 point shots, but a made basket with a foul for a chance at a 3 point play

At Feb 7, 2007, 2:56:00 AM, Anonymous Jay Smith said...

I think the 3PT plays attempted is a very telling stat....
UCLA is a perimeter offensive team and subsequently take a lot of outside shots. If they had a better inside game and shot more in the paint, they'd be getting more traditional 3-PT play opportunties.
Thank goodness we have Josh Shipp who penetrates and knows how to take the body on his drives, otherwise we don't have much of an inside game.
This is why Kevin Love is going to be a key piece to the UCLA arsenal next season.

At Feb 7, 2007, 2:59:00 AM, Anonymous Bruin Basketball Report said...

Yes, the 3-PT Plays Attempted statistic is via the "traditional" route: shot attempt made and fouled (and 1.

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At Feb 7, 2007, 10:13:00 AM, Anonymous shiashia said...

I'm somewhat suprised Ryan Wright shows up on that list for charges taken. Wright gets BARELY any tick. 3 charges in the very limited minutes he actually plans? That's hustle.


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