Defensive Score Sheets - Duke & Syracuse, Rounds 1 and 2

Jim Boeheim: "I just thought it was the worst call of the year, that's all." (AP)

  • Is Jabari Parker really not as bad defensively as people make him out to be (like most impressions of him in the loss to North Carolina)?
  • How valuable will be Marshall Plumlee come tournament time?
  • Andre Dawkins seems to have trouble defensively against Syracuse, no?
  • C.J. Fair, not Tyler Ennis, is Syracuse's best and most valuable player.

Those are some basic impressions looking at a two-pack of defensive score sheets from America's newest favorite rivalry: Duke vs. Syracuse. Here are the defensive box scores from the team's two meetings (so far?) in 2014. Draw your own conclusions.

Round 1: Syracuse 91, Duke 89 (OT)

Round 2: Duke 66, Syracuse 60

The Defensive Score Sheet Project's initial explanation is here. More concise explanations are in this post, but here is a short rundown:
  • Min - Minutes played
  • DREB - Defensive Rebounds
  • FM - Forced field goal miss (includes blocks)
  • FTO - Forced Turnover (steals, charges taken)
  • FFTA - Forced missed Free Throw Attempt
  • DFGM - Allowed Defensive Field Goal Made
  • DFTM - Allowed Free Throw Made
  • DRtg - Defensive Rating (Gives players credit for stops and scoring possessions)
*The DRtg is most important part of a defensive score sheet as it is the analog of an offensive rating. If a player was on the floor for 100 of his team's defensive possessions, the DRtg calculates the number of points the opposition would score.

[NOTE: Deuce2Sports' defensive charting has been noted on Sports Illustrated's Web site twice this season by college basketball writer Luke Winn.]