Statistically Speaking Buffs Basketball

Advanced statistics have become the craze in college basketball. Ken Pomeroy is the genius behind kenpom.com, a website dealing with advanced statistics of every team in division one college basketball. Go "Inside" for a look at some of the Buffs stats from last season.

Advanced statistics have become the craze in college basketball. Ken Pomeroy is the genius behind kenpom.com, a website dealing with advanced statistics of every team in division one college basketball.

After taking a look at kenpom.com, I decided to take an in-depth look at how Colorado's returning starters stacked up under an advanced metric-lens.

Here's a glossary from kenpom.com to better comprehend the numbers/percentages used in this story. I highly advise looking over the glossary before reading on: http://kenpom.com/blog/index.php/weblog/entry/help_with_team_page

PG Spencer Dinwiddie

Advanced statistics further proved that Dinwiddie was Colorado's best offensive player last year. He posted a team best 114.7 offensive rating and 20.2 assist rate. But the most impressive statistic? Dinwiddie drew 6.2 fouls per 40 minutes, tops in the Pac-12 and 50th best country-wide. Dinwiddie made a living at the free throw line. Interestingly, Dinwiddie had a 24.3% of possessions used (second on the team) and 21.9% of team shots taken (tied for second on team). These numbers are lower because Dinwiddie is a point guard, he is also tasked with getting his teammates shots. But so was Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson last year. Carson posted a 28.7% of possessions used and 27.2% of team shots taken, while also posting a 29.8 assist rate. Dinwiddie is Colorado's best player, he should be even more aggressive offensively. By being more aggressive, it will also help out in Dinwiddie's assist column. Like it did for Carson.

SG Askia Booker

Booker is an immensely aggressive player. But he certainly wasn't the most efficient player last year. You don't need advanced statistics to know that. Booker's shooting percentages went down considerably after his promising freshmen year. Teams were better prepared for Booker, and he also moved into a starting role. Nonetheless, Booker's advanced statistics weren't the prettiest. Booker posted a 92.9 offensive rating, lowest among Colorado's rotation players. But his 24.5% of possessions used and 29.8% of team shots taken led the team. Let that sink in. Booker's shot just didn't fall last year, but it didn't keep him from letting it fly. Looking forward, with a year under his belt as a starter, Booker hopes to improve this upcoming year. Head coach Tad Boyle has said that Booker has been shooting the basketball better than ever before, so Booker has nowhere to go but up.

F Xavier Johnson

Johnson stood out in two key areas for Colorado as a freshmen: effective field goal percentage and defensive rebound percentage. Johnson led Colorado with a 57.6% effective field goal percentage and he was second on the team with a 14.3% defensive rebound percentage. The latter will be particularly important this year, as Andre Roberson and his whopping 27.1% defensive rebound percentage (8th in the country) are gone. The troubling advanced statistic for Johnson? He had a 21.7 turnover rate (second on the team behind sabatino chen) which will need to be lowered this year since Johnson figures to have the ball in his hands more frequently.

PF Josh Scott Players are categorized as role players when their percentage of possessions used falls in the 16%-20% range. Scott fell into this category last year because of his 19.9% of possessions used. But advanced statistics showed he should have gotten the ball more. Scott posted a 111.1 offensive rating, which was second best on the team. As a result, look for Scott's percentage of possessions used to increase this year. Since Scott will once again man the post for Colorado, his defensive rebounding percentages will need to improve. Scott's 11.8% offensive rebound percentage led the team last year (Roberson had a 10.6% offensive rebound percentage). It's his 11.5% defensive rebounding percentage which will need to significantly improve for this year.

Ben Mills, Xavier Talton and Eli Stalzer played sparingly last year, so their advanced statistics aren't applicable with this story.


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