Under HC Calipari, Kentucky is now only 9-8
when facing a top-5 ranked team …
Saturday’s game marked the 1st time since
31 December 2011, that two teams ranked
in the top five met at Rupp Arena — a time
when Kentucky had their best team in years
(as opposed to this year’s weaker version)
beating a top-tier Louisville team 69-62, &
went on to beat Kansas in the Championship
(that Louisville team won it all the next year).
Teams have much more control over how many 3’s their opponent shoots
as opposed to how many their opponent makes.
A a relationship exists such that a good 2P% defense
means a good 3P% defense.
A team’s decisions on the type of 3-pt shots they’ll take
is dependent on their ability to score inside the arc.
Teams take more risky 3’s if it’s tough to score inside.
There’s some converse effect in the data, too, for if one
believes a defense has influence on three-point shooting,
then opponents might take tougher two’s iff open-three’s
are more difficult to get. But it mostly goes the other way.
Free-throw-defense using opponents’ FT% is illogical.
Still, plenty of references to 3-pt defense exist in print,
& ‘tho free-throw defense & three-point defense exist,
it’s best measured by the amount of 3-pt shots taken
rather than the statistically noisy data set derived by
the %age of shots a team’s opponent actually makes.
A Defense has considerably more direct effect upon 2P-FG% than 3P-FG%.
An Offense is by & large in control of the quality of 3-point shots it takes, affected by the quality of the opposing 2P% defense.
3P-FG% is also adversely affected by effective shot-challenging (by playing D w/ smart Footwork, & not hands nor hips, etc.).
A 3% swing from the statistical mean hereby results from the aforesaid.
Thus, ‘3P%-Defense’ is an actuality, not just some totally random affair.
Brian Dorsey’s awful officiating
nearly got Maryland the win vs.
the Purdue Boilermakers.
Dorsey and his group of officials
were those fixers mired in that sick
controversy that saw them publicly
supporting Karl Hess in his recent
dust up w/ Mark Gottfried’s NC St.
by wearing the taped-on ‘KH’ on
their shoes in the opening round of
the ACC Tournament.
Dorsey again was an official on Hess’
crew that called the controversial game
at RBC Center when Chris Corchiani
& Tom Gugliotta were ejected.
This time, Dorsey was smiling, chatting
and patting Maryland’s players after they
looked at him in awe when he repeatedly
and purposely failed to call fouls on them.
However against Purdue, Dorsey called so
many ticky-tack fouls that Caleb Swanigan
fouled-out (Swanigan turned red-hot from
beyond the arc, pulling Purdue back into
the game; thus Caleb, well he had to go),
w/ the final foul assessed to him – despite
the ball loose in the air after Melo lost his
But Dorsey was not threw with his fixing:
Trimble was put by him back on the line
each and every time he drove, ensuring
that the Terps could stay in the game, for
Purdue had gone Wisconsin on the Terps
such that the Terps made ZERO baskets
in the final 7:36 minutes of the game !!!!
they’re only points came from the Charity
Stripe donated by ref Brian Dorsey.
Purdue only led for 59 seconds in the game,
thanks largely to Dorsey & his gang of refs.
But they stole the lead, 73-72, with seconds
left in the game…
So then the Terps’ final desperation throw-in
was intercepted by Purdue’s center Haas, as
time expired… GAME OVER.
And again Dorsey made another awful call of
“traveling” on Haas, which the replay showed
he did not until time expired.
WAIT 1 MORE, Dorsey will save the $$$…
So, on top of the made-up call, Dorsey put
0.5 seconds back on the clock —
less than 0.5 seconds means a tip-in ONLY,
but a whole half-second allows for the Terps to
have a catch-and-shoot chance to win the game.
Dorsey made up another new rule — although
he did not raise his hand, nor blow his whistle,
until AFTER TIME EXPIRED — as the clock
clearly read 00:00 on every replay displayed —
Dorsey’s new rule meant that he could put back
time from the moment he judged Haas’ travelled,
— w/o regard to the lack of a raised arm by any
ref, w/o regard to the lack of a whistle.
Dorsey made Mich’s stop of OSU on 4th down
look like fair refereeing.