- Apr 9, 2022
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I am about to post Gophers conference stats for games ending as of yesterday. I will put that in a different reply.
Sometimes you have conference stats, sometimes you have season stats and sometimes you don't say whether the chart is one or the other.
In conference play Braun is 21st in scoring.
In conference play Heyer is 4th in rebounding and Battle is 11th. Micheaux isn't in the top 25
With all respect, the premise to the question is wrong because Minnesota is not really # 4 in the league on offense. Points per game, which is dependent on pace of play, is a terrible way to judge offense, or defense. Modern stats show that Minnesota is not anywhere near the top half of the Big Ten on offense (or defense), in conference play or all games.Bfan raises an interesting question: "How is it that new player talent can power the offense to #4 but worst on defense?"
With all respect, the premise to the question is wrong because Minnesota is not really # 4 in the league on offense. Points per game, which is dependent on pace of play, is a terrible way to judge offense, or defense. Modern stats show that Minnesota is not anywhere near the top half of the Big Ten on offense (or defense), in conference play or all games.
According to Her Hoop Stats (HHS), in Big Ten play, Minnesota is 11th (tie) in points per scoring attempt (shot or FT trip), 11th in points scored per play (play finished with shot, FT trip or turnover), and 13th in effective FG% (Iowa is 1st in these 3 stats).
HHS does not do a conference games only adjusted offensive efficiency rating (HHS Offensive Rating), but it does for all games. Minnesota’s HHS Offensive Rating places Minnesota 11th in the Big Ten (all games). Similarly, the HHS Defensive Rating places Minnesota 12th in the Big Ten (all games).
I’m on team optimism regarding the three true Freshman (and Hart and Holloway), but being a top-half-of-the-conference team, on offense or defense, remains in their future.
I think there are other factors contributing to the poor defense. The depth on the team is not strong. We have players playing 30-35 minutes and they don't have the stamina to play 100% on both offense and defense--so they recover during defense and use their energy on offense. I have frequently seen some of our fastest players get beat badly and it could be due to fatigue. There also is a significant drop off when the reserves play, which means the starters don't get enough rest and the reserves give up points.
Good points on slumps. Braun is in a slump. Sometimes, players lose their confidence. It is hard for coaches to inject confidence or find the root cause. Coaches basically can be encouraging and let the player shoot their way out of the slump, or they can bench the player until the player figures it out. Different players will react positively or negatively to either tactic. On the other hand, Braun may be overloaded in the things that she is supposed to focus on and has lost her shooter's focus. I hope Braun figures it out soon.I also mentioned the decline in Scalia and Powell's stats and performance after leaving Minnesota. I know Powell lost the starting job and I see Scalia did not start a recent game after the coach mentioned getting Scalia back on track. That's a praise for Gophers coaching. An easy reaction is to blame coaches when things are slumping but how do we know.