Tech hoop statistics comparison


In writing a Georgia Tech basketball notebook that went into Wednesday’s paper, I compared some team statistics from this season compared to last season at the same juncture, most notably the Jackets’ defensive field-goal percentage (38.2 percent this year and 44.0 last year, which ranked 21st and 212th, respectively).

It probably does not surprise you that many of the numbers suggest that Tech is playing better this season. The first set of numbers are from this year, second set of numbers from 2010-11. Sorry for the lame presentation. If there’s a way to use charts and the like on wordpress, I’m not aware of it.

Scoring offense – 64.6, 241st; 71.1, 132nd

Scoring defense – 61.8, 59th; 68.5, 196th

Scoring margin – 2.8, 154th; 2.6, 153rd

Field goal percentage – 45.1, 114th; 41.6, 264th

3-point field goals per game – 4.8, 291st; 5.9, 199th

3-point field goal percentage –  31.1 percent, unranked*; 29.3 percent, 268th

Field goal perc. defense – 38.2 percent 21st; 44.0 percent, 212th

3-point FG percentage defense – 31.3, 75th; 39.6, 322nd

FT percentage – 66.6 percent, 235th; 71.7 percent, 89th

Rebound margin – 6.1, 29th; 1.8, 145th

Assists per game – 11.5, 272nd; 14.1, 103rd

Assist-turnover ratio – .76, 279th; 1.04, 108th

Blocked shots per game – 5.9, 14th; 4.6, 41st

Steals per game – 5.3, 293rd; 10.0, 4th

Turnovers per game – 15.0, 246th; 13.6, 136th

Turnover margin – minus-3.2, 310th; plus-3.5, 32nd

Personal fouls per game – 17.5, 111th ; 20.6, 260th

* Teams have to average 5.0 made 3-pointers per game to qualify.

A few things jump out, starting with field-goal percentage defense and rebounding margin. Vast improvement there. It speaks a lot to coach Brian Gregory’s coaching philosophy and emphasis on defense and rebounding. What’s also notable is that Tech is also shooting better, at least inside the 3-point arc, in no small part due to the development of big men Daniel Miller and Kammeon Holsey. (It’s hard for me to make a lot of sweeping judgements here, as I didn’t cover the team last year and have only seen a handful of games thus far. Apologies.)

Free throw percentage, steals and assists are down, and turnover margin is way down. At this point last season, Iman Shumpert was 15th in the country in steals at 2.6 per game and Moe Miller and Glen Rice Jr. both averaged 1.5 per game. For what it’s worth, Dayton averaged 4.8 steals last season under Gregory, 312th in the country, which would indicate that steals are not a byproduct or objective of his defensive system, for better or worse – although Dayton averaged 6.4 steals per game two seasons ago – or that Tech is just not as strong in that area without Miller and Shumpert.

Having seen only a few games and having heard Gregory enough, turnovers at the offensive end are a definite problem. It partly speaks to players learning new roles and a new scheme, but the Jackets have to be more efficient regardless with the ball, as the assist numbers also indicate.

I’ll have a live blog going for the game Thursday night against Virginia, though I’ll say in advance I don’t know that I’ll be on it much as I’ll be on a pretty tight deadline for the game story.

TV availability here.

13 comments Add your comment


January 19th, 2012
2:23 pm

Just a note Ken — the numbers in the text don’t match the numbers in the chart. Can you check and let us know which are correct. Thanks.


January 19th, 2012
3:07 pm

Cool Story Bro…


January 19th, 2012
3:25 pm

Much better statistics with a much less talented (lose Shumpert, M. Miller, Oliver, gain Royal) team. Hmmmm….I wonder what the difference is.


January 19th, 2012
4:18 pm

Yeah, Gordon. Makes you wonder what Gregory will do with that great recruiting class arriving next year.


January 19th, 2012
4:28 pm

IMO, these stats aren’t overwhelmingly better. But when you watch the games, you see the improvement in effort and promise for the future.

FT% is worse this year than last – astonishing. Jackets seem to be improving though. FT% is a clear indication of well coached teams.
Other offensive stats are worse but that is to be expected given the talent flight after Hewitt left.
Turnovers are worse – hopefully this is due to a few very bad games early (and the Maryland game).

Defensive stats are mostly improved. A good sign.

steals are over rated

January 19th, 2012
4:30 pm

i think that last year’s team d philosophy was steals and hack a shaq d. that pretty much summed up our last genius’s defense. phewitt was not the d genius some said he was.

this years d relies less on steal’s and more on being in the right spot foot work and communication on the court beteween players.

how many times with hewitt did we miss on a steal only to have the guy make an easy bunny or a unguarded 3? the risk out weighed the reward imo but hey it made shump look good and the stats are nice to look at.

as i see it the difference between phew and coach gregory is similary to republicans and democrats wrt econimic theory,

phewitt believed in individual instrucxtion fully believing that the stuff they were taught would trickle down to the TEAM.

coach gregory is more of a blue collar type coach as opposed to the armani empty suit we just dumped..

personally i prefer the trickle UP theory. but that is just me.

what i want to know is where is hewitt fan. hey hewitt fan werent you the guy who said that recruiting at gt was done because of the way the fans treated phew? dont look now but we are recruiting pretty damned well if you ask me. especially with no home games, a mctit under construction and a brand new coach.

Paul in NH

January 19th, 2012
5:21 pm

Interesting statistics. I thought that this year I was seeing a harder working team that has less talent than last year (certainly there is no-one to match Shumpert) and the stats appear to support that.

Hewitt Fan

January 19th, 2012
6:46 pm

Hewitt has a WINNING record with GMU 14-5…Haith has only lost 1 game at Mizzou…I stated over and over that the coaches in the ACC stand no chance due to the refs..Gregory will not be here in 4 years…GT only won at NCST due to the refs, and also, as usual, they were cheated against duke when duke shot 36 fts to GT 16…The Colonial is a better conference than the ACC and Hewitt has GMU playing great…Now wait until HIS players get there!..its night and day compared to his career at GT…no more subbing every minute to avoid fouls, he’s back to playing pressure D, i am so happy for Hewitt and Haith..

@steals are over rated
I have seen all of GT recruits, the only sure NBA player is Hunt…To win in the ACC you need at least 3 or 4 NBA players to win on the road against the refs and the other team….

Ken Sugiura

January 19th, 2012
6:59 pm

Thanks, CC. corrected.

Biff Pocoroba

January 19th, 2012
7:01 pm

You are right Hewitt fan. Just wait until Hewitt gets his players at GMU. Then they will regret ever hiring him. He did well here until all of Cremin’s recruits were gone. Clarence Moore coached the team his senior year and then the team fell apart when Hewitt started coaching all of “his” players. Seeing Shumpert and Morrow play so well in the NBA when they looked so bad in college shows how awful Hewitt really is. How he never got arrested for fraud, I’ll never know.


January 19th, 2012
7:37 pm

Thanks for the write up Ken. Please do another comparison for all ACC games at some point.

Here a statistic I would like to add. This team is 100% more enjoyable to watch play than the mess we have been subjected to the past few years.

When CBG adds some shooters to this group, watch out.

Hewitt Fan

January 19th, 2012
8:00 pm

Biff Pocoroba

Morrow was always just a shooter, his career average at GT was 14ppg, his career NBA average is around 10…so………………

Shump was great at Gt, he only played on one good team, if GT played in any other conference, they would have played in the final four easily…but..anyway, Shump was a lockdown defender and a all Coach K performer, he had to play PG at Gt instead of his natural position which is SG…


January 19th, 2012
8:04 pm

Drink the Kool-Aid Biff! This revisionist history is becoming laughable as Shumlert was the best player on the team during his time at GT. why do you think he was drafted where he was? The Hewitt hate caused many of you to not see anything good with the team during the past few years. Now with BG every mistake is a learning experience and let’s wait until he gets his own players. Dayton is better this year without BG and the coach is winning with BG’s players. CPH is winning where he is with a much better record than GT.