Thursday, April 3, 2014

Defensive Score Sheet: Kentucky 75, Michigan 72

Aaron Harrisons' "dagger" with 2.6 seconds left that sent
Kentucky to the Final Four. (Detroit Free Press)

In the game of the 2014 NCAA Tournament (so far), Kentucky's Aaron Harrison hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds to play to send the Wildcats to their third Final Four in four seasons. The dagger - which became so when Nik Stauskas' half-court heave at the buzzer was off the mark - prevented Michigan from reaching the Final Four for the second straight season.

The game was played at such a high level as teams traded buckets and went back-and-forth with mini runs. It was so well played that it's probably easy to forget how slow-paced the game actually was (57 possessions).

The end result is not much great defense but the numbers do show a few players on each side that excelled. Here's the defensive score sheet from the Elite Eight instant classic:


Here's a nice Four Factors graphic from UMHoops.com (@umhoops): 



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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.]

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