Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Recap: Notre Dame 69, Georgetown 55

So who do you think is more embarrassed right now, Tarik El-Bashir or John Gasaway?

The Georgetown Hoyas responded to a pair of glowing articles about their extraordinary shooting prowess with a brutal display from behind the arc [4/22] tonight in South Bend, falling to the Fighting Irish 69-55.

Let's run the numbers:

TEMPO-FREE BOX SCORE
 
.            Visitor                         Home      
.            Georgetown                      Notre Dame         
.            1st Half  2nd Half   Total      1st Half  2nd Half   Total
Pace            33        31        64

Effic.         78.3      93.8      85.8       102.4     113.2     107.6  
 
eFG%           41.1      51.9      46.3        42.6      48.0      45.2  
TO%            21.1      25.9      23.4        21.1      12.9      17.2  
OR%            28.6      30.8      29.4        38.9      25.0      32.4  
FTA/FGA        25.0       7.7      16.7        51.9      52.0      51.9  
 
Assist Rate    80.0      61.5      69.6        60.0      80.0      70.0  
Block Rate     21.1      11.8      16.7        13.3       5.9       9.4  
Steal Rate      9.0       9.7       9.4         3.0      16.2       9.4  
 
2FG%           46.7      70.6      59.4        36.8      35.3      36.1  
3FG%           23.1      11.1      18.2        37.5      50.0      43.8  
FT%            42.9     100.0      55.6        78.6      84.6      81.5


The stats for the game are a bit surprising, in that they belie the impression I took away from the game that Georgetown was beat in about every facet.
  • The Hoyas were just a bit worse shooting from the field in the Lift-off half than the Irish, and were better shooters in the Vesper half.  Overall, the Hoyas actually out-shot Notre Dame.  How?  In spite of going 4/22 [18%] from 3FG for the game, the Hoyas were much better on 2FGs tonight, 19/32 [59%] to 13/36 [36%].
  • Georgetown was more effective inside because they took better shots inside - 15/22 [68%] on dunks, layups and tips versus 4/10 on 2-pt jumpers.  Notre Dame was forced into taking half of their 2FGs as jumpers [4/18, 22%], and only converted half of their layups [9/18].
  • Rebounding was a big concern tonight coming into the game, as the Irish were the third best defensive rebounding team in the nation at tip-off.  Notre Dame did win the battle, but not in any sort of rout [29% vs. 32%].  ND simply grabbed one more offensive rebound than the Hoyas on the same number of opportunities - almost a statistical draw.  The big difference was that the Irish were able to generate more points off of those offensive rebounds [16 to 9], with nine points on second chances in the first half.
  • Turnovers were another interesting story coming into the game, a sort of irresistible force (NDU, at 15.3%, was 2nd from last in TO% forced coming into the game) versus the immovable object (Georgetown gives the ball up on 20.7% of its possessions).  Tonight the object won in a landslide, as the Hoyas managed 15 turnovers on 65 possessions (23%), although only 6 were via Notre Dame steals.  Strangely, the Irish were also generous, as they committed 11 turnovers themselves, above expectation - Notre Dame's TO% on offense was also 15.3% coming in.

So where did the wheels fall off?

Obviously the outside shooting was a big problem, but this wasn't Georgetown's first bad night shooting from outside this season - they went 2/9 vs. Utah State.  But against the Aggies, the Hoyas compensated by pounding the ball inside [35:9 2FGA:3FGA] and got to the line, outscoring Utah St. 20-4 at the stripe.

Not tonight, as Georgetown sent the Irish to the bonus at 9:57 of the first half, and ended up trailing 11-3 in FTM at the break.  It didn't get better in the second half (11-2), but quite a bit of that difference came on futile fouling by the Hoyas late in the game.

    In the end, the combination of a bad night from behind the arc and Karl Hess behind the whistle was the downfall for the Hoyas.

    But it wasn't nearly as bad as you think.


    INDIVIDUAL NET POINTS STATS
    
    Georgetown            Off     %           Pts      Def           Pts   
    Player                Poss  Poss  O.Rtg   Prod     Poss  D.Rtg  Allow    Net Pts
    THOMPSON, Hollis       38   17.5   49.9    3.3      36    84.9    6.1      -2.6  
    VAUGHN, Julian         29   13.0   94.7    3.6      28    94.3    5.3      -0.9  
    WRIGHT, Chris          54   20.9   53.0    6.0      56   100.5   11.3      -5.3  
    FREEMAN, Austin        58   31.3   94.8   17.2      59   103.8   12.2      +1.7  
    CLARK, Jason           55   16.3   83.5    7.5      56    96.3   10.8      -2.2  
    STARKS, Markel          2    0.0    -      0.0       1     0.0    0.0      +0.0  
    SANFORD, Vee           17   18.2  200.0    6.2      19    91.3    3.5      +3.0  
    SIMS, Henry            35   18.9   82.4    5.5      34    92.3    6.3      -0.7  
    BENIMON, Jerrelle      12    2.3  200.0    0.6      15   160.5    4.8      -2.1  
    LUBICK, Nate           20   15.4   86.4    2.7      21   128.6    5.4      -2.0  
    TOTALS                 64          84.7   52.4      65   101.0   65.6     -11.9  
    
    Notre Dame            Off     %           Pts      Def           Pts   
    Player                Poss  Poss  O.Rtg   Prod     Poss  D.Rtg  Allow    Net Pts
    Nash, Tyrone           53   29.4  122.1   19.0      50    85.4    8.5      +8.1  
    Abromaitis, Tim        64   18.3  112.5   13.2      63    83.7   10.5      +3.0  
    Scott, Carleton        61   14.0   63.2    5.4      62    78.5    9.7      -2.8  
    Martin, Scott          55   17.4   82.7    7.9      54    77.4    8.4      +0.0  
    Hansbrough, Ben        59   22.7  134.8   18.0      58    79.7    9.2      +8.1  
    Atkins, Eric           26   13.0   27.0    0.9      23    78.5    3.6      -2.2  
    Cooley, Jack            7   18.5  207.6    2.7      10   110.8    2.2      +0.9  
    TOTALS                 65         105.8   67.1      64    81.6   52.2     +15.2

    Not too much to say about the individual stats that wasn't readily apparent from watching the game.

    Austin Freeman was the only one of the Big 3 (Holy Trinity, Run DMV, etc.) that was able to compensate for a missing outside touch, by going inside to get his.  He finished 1/4 on 3FG and 1/5 on 2-pt jumpers, but 7/7 on layups (all of which came in the 2nd half).  His main fault was the 4 turnovers committed, which kept his efficiency less than 1 pt per possession used - and he used plenty tonight.

    Vee Sanford, and to a lesser degree Henry Sims, provided a spark off the bench tonight.  The team actually outscored Notre Dame 20-16 in the time Sanford was on the court. With tonight's showing, Sanford won his first star-of-the-game, albeit in a bad loss.

    Chris Wright and Jason Clark were terrible shooting the ball tonight - a combined 2/5 2FG, 2/13 3FG, 1/3 FT, to go with 5 turnovers.  And Hollis Thompson managed more turnovers (3) than field goals made (2).


    HD BOX SCORE
    
    Georgetown vs Notre Dame
    12-29-10 7:00 p.m. at Purcell Pavilion, Notre Dame, Ind.
    Final score: Notre Dame 69, Georgetown 55
    
    Georgetown              Min   +/-   Pts  2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A  FGA    A    Stl    TO   Blk    OR    DR   PF
    THOMPSON, Hollis       19:56  - 7   4/30  2- 2  0- 2  0- 0  4/29  0/10  1/36  3/38  0/18  1/18  5/18   2
    VAUGHN, Julian         16:48  - 6   4/23  2- 4  0- 0  0- 0  4/26  2/ 9  0/28  0/29  2/15  0/15  3/14   4
    WRIGHT, Chris          33:58  - 5   3/49  1- 4  0- 5  1- 3  9/46  6/20  0/56  3/54  0/34  0/28  1/34   4
    FREEMAN, Austin        36:01  -12  21/50  8-12  1- 4  2- 4 16/50  3/12  1/59  4/58  0/32  1/31  2/30   3
    CLARK, Jason           34:11  -14   8/47  1- 1  2- 8  0- 0  9/43  2/17  3/56  2/55  0/32  1/26  4/30   1
    STARKS, Markel         00:59  + 2   0/ 2  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0/ 2  0/ 1  0/ 1  0/ 2  0/ 0  0/ 1  0/ 0   0
    SANFORD, Vee           12:37  + 4   6/20  2- 3  0- 1  2- 2  4/16  0/ 5  0/19  0/17  1/12  2/11  2/13   2
    SIMS, Henry            22:22  - 4   4/32  2- 4  0- 1  0- 0  5/28  2/10  1/34  1/35  2/21  2/19  5/19   4
    BENIMON, Jerrelle      10:10  -17   0/ 8  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0/11  0/ 4  0/15  0/12  1/ 7  1/ 7  1/ 5   2
    LUBICK, Nate           12:58  -11   5/14  1- 2  1- 1  0- 0  3/19  1/ 4  0/21  1/20  0/ 9  0/14  0/ 7   2
    TOTALS                 40:00       55    19-32  4-22  5- 9    54 16/23  6/65 15/64  6/36 10/34 23/34  24
    .                                        0.594 0.182 0.556       0.696 0.092 0.234 0.167 0.294 0.676    
    
    Notre Dame              Min   +/-   Pts  2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A  FGA    A    Stl    TO   Blk    OR    DR   PF
    Nash, Tyrone           32:27  +16  15/55  5-11  0- 0  5- 6 11/41  3/11  0/50  2/53  1/25  6/27  4/25   2
    Abromaitis, Tim        38:44  +12  20/67  1- 5  5- 7  3- 3 12/52  1/14  1/63  3/64  0/32  1/34  3/34   1
    Scott, Carleton        37:06  + 8   4/63  0- 2  0- 4  4- 4  6/51  4/19  2/62  1/61  2/30  0/34  7/32   2
    Martin, Scott          31:45  +10  11/54  4- 8  1- 1  0- 4  9/37  1/ 9  1/54  1/55  0/27  0/25  3/28   1
    Hansbrough, Ben        37:25  +14  17/65  2- 8  1- 3 10-10 11/50  3/17  2/58  2/59  0/28  3/32  3/31   3
    Atkins, Eric           16:49  +12   0/32  0- 1  0- 1  0- 0  2/25  2/ 9  0/23  1/26  0/14  0/16  1/15   4
    Cooley, Jack           05:44  - 2   2/ 9  1- 1  0- 0  0- 0  1/ 4  0/ 1  0/10  0/ 7  0/ 4  1/ 2  0/ 5   0
    TOTALS                 40:00       69    13-36  7-16 22-27    52 14/20  6/64 11/65  3/32 11/34 24/34  13
    .                                        0.361 0.438 0.815       0.700 0.094 0.169 0.094 0.324 0.706    
    
    Efficiency: Notre Dame 1.062, Georgetown 0.859
    eFG%: Notre Dame 0.452, Georgetown 0.463
    Substitutions: Notre Dame 19, Georgetown 40
    
    2-pt Shot Selection:
    Dunks: Notre Dame 0-0, Georgetown 2-3
    Layups/Tips: Notre Dame 9-18, Georgetown 13-19
    Jumpers: Notre Dame 4-18, Georgetown 4-10
    
    Fast break pts (% FG pts): Notre Dame 0 (0.0), Georgetown 2 (4.0)
    Pts (eff.) after steal: Notre Dame 4 (66.7), Georgetown 5 (83.3)
    Seconds per poss: Notre Dame 21.6, Georgetown 15.6




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