Sunday, November 16, 2008

Something bothered me at the end of the Baylor game, besides that I was still listening; JJ had some big plays that didn't matter. It bothered me because it felt familiar. We loose and he has a great box-score game.

Here is a little graph that might help.
This is JJ's cumulative passing yards against our lead (This graph could be made much better if the x-axis was time, but the play-by-play I used doesn't give a per-play clock. If you know of a play-by-play that does give this let me know and I will fix the graph).

60% of his yards came AFTER we were down by 34. This would be fine if we were down 34 at half, but we weren't, this was within a minute of the fourth quarter (Again, don't pay attention to the x-axis, it doesn't indicate time; it's meaningless.).

The majority of his yards came at the end of the game when we were down huge

How often does this happen?

I could only get play-by-play to 6 games: Baylor, OU, KSU, Miami, Army, and Colorado, which is an okay sample. Some wins, some losses, some blowouts. But considering these games...

40% of JJ's passing yards came when were were down 21. I am not sure what to do with this metric. I know our defense stinks, and it's quite possible we are almost always down by three TDs, so I need to look into something better, but that number is hard to ignore.

What about big plays? Half of JJ's 20+ yard plays came when we were down by at least two TDs. 38% came when we were down at least 21.

An really big plays? JJ has had 5 +50 yard plays. We were down by 21 in two, 13 in one, and tied the the other two.

In the interest of full disclosure, we are almost always loosing. In fact, only 16% of JJ's pass attempts came when we weren't loosing. I am not blaming him for all of this, I am just pointing out when he gets his stats.
Got the live feed of the basketball game to work. Baylor? Who is that?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

This is out of control. Doomsday. Baylor is up 13 at half. They
have 108 more yards than us; double the first downs; nearly double
time of possession; double the first downs; the list goes on.

How how how can we be this bad?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Say it ain't so Joe! A 10 seed? We only lost 1 player. He does have the 7 Big 12 teams in the dance: KU (6), Mizzou (11), Texas (3), OU (4), OSU (13), and Baylor (7). Yes that's right Joe has Baylor finishing above us; no respect.

The good news is that I think this is the first time we have been in a pre-season bracket. Maybe no respect is too much.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Notice yourself smiling? That is because it's basketball season has started and Turgeon didn't think we were awful.

72-59 isn't some sort of crushing win--- the margin was within a point of last year's opener ---but in the post-game Turgeon said, "We will have a good offense." Considering his comments last year, we know Turge is brutally brutally honest, and when he said we are going to be good at something I believe it.

Digging though the box score...

I don't have the play-by-play, but I bet Turge burned through all of this timeouts in the first half trying to figure out why we couldn't shoot or gaurd. In the first half we shot 12-31 (38.7%) while Kingsville shot 13-25 (52.0%). Something happened around half time and we flipped the stats: good guys went 16-28 (57.1%) and bad guys went 10-27 (37.0%).

Our defense must have improved in the 2nd half. Besides the obvious drop in field goal percentage, we started forcing Kingsville to make harder shots. In the first half only 15% of their shots were 3-balls; in the second half 50% were behind the arc. Again, I don't have the play-by-play, but I don't think they just started chunking 3's to catch up; they only shot 5, and were never down by a ton.

Bryan Davis played like Bryan Davis; 1-8 shooting and 8 boards in 29 minutes. He has to contribute more on O.

Somehow both BJ Holmes and Nathan Walkup had 4 fouls. I am going to speculate that is because of the tight ball-guarding.

Before the season Turge said Dash "is going to help us" and Loubeau's "head is spinning." Seems he had his names mixed up. Dash was 0-2 with a turn over, and Loubeau was 4-6 with 3 boards.

JC, DRow, and Sloan played great. 14 points, 14 points, and 5 assists respectively.

I am glad basketball is back, so were the nearly 9K fans and 3K students.


Here is a short highlight video.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Finally, basketball season is here (actually it was here about an hour ago). Turgeon and the boys laced up against Texas A&M-Kingsville at Reed. Davis, Roland, Carter, Sloan, and Elonu got the start.

With the game about half over, Sloan has hit all four of his free throws; very good news, and Davis has two fouls; filling Joe's shoes like we hope.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Watching Tech reminds me of how we used to be; playing inspired
football at home and winning games we were not supposed to win. When
does that start again.