A look back, a look ahead Part III

Inside Sparta Editor Keven McCarthy continues his series that looks at the past season in San Jose State men's basketball with also a glance towards the future. In this third segment he takes a look at: Improvements

Continuing with the series, here are some 2008-2009 elements that were either improvements from the previous season for San Jose State men's basketball or remained positives.

Let's begin with a category that might have you thinking 'that's not what I saw.' Granted, free throws at the end of games can be more critical than at other points due to the nature of their timing but all shots at the foul line are important since those attempted and made earlier in a contest offer the possibility of providing enough 'padding' so as to allow some misses near the end and still come away with a victory.

So get seated because SJSU went from .637% at the foul line a year ago to .688% in the recently concluded conference season. For those who remain unconvinced, these numbers are straight from the official WAC site.

Plus, consider that Justin Graham was shooting free throws basically one-handed this season and that Adrian Oliver's leg ailments certainly impaired his foul line proficiency so an even better number in 2009-2010 is a solid possibility. This year's squad did shoot 18 less free throws than the group the previous season but that's statistically insignificant.

Here are the team free throw shooting statistics from the two seasons:

2008-2009
FREE THROW PERCENTAGES

No Team G FTM FTA PCT
1 Nevada 16 267 364 .734
2 Utah State 16 240 329 .729
3 New Mexico State 16 259 360 .719
4 Boise State 16 176 253 .696
5 San Jose State 16 232 337 .688
6 Hawai'i 16 201 284 .684
7 Fresno State 16 220 334 .659
8 Louisiana Tech 16 182 285 .639
9 Idaho 16 219 343 .638

2007-2008
FREE THROW PERCENTAGES

No Team G FTM FTA PCT
1 Utah State 16 265 334 .793
2 Louisiana Tech 16 241 313 .770
3 Hawai'i 16 230 315 .730
4 Nevada 16 257 356 .722
5 Fresno State 16 179 259 .691
6 New Mexico State 16 224 341 .657
7 Boise State 16 233 358 .651
8 Idaho 16 186 288 ;646
9 San Jose State 16 226 355 .637

Continuing on a roll, the Spartans also achieved an improvement in overall shooting in WAC play this season going from .433% last season to .448% in 2008-2009. Again, a healthy pairing of Graham and Oliver offers the hint of an even better shooting percentage in the coming season.

2008-2009
FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGES

No Team G FG FGA PCT
1 Utah State 16 390 815 .479
2 Boise State 16 429 930 .461
3 New Mexico State 16 410 909 .451
4 San Jose State 16 406 907 .448
5 Idaho 16 359 811 .443
6 Nevada 16 396 907 .437
7 Louisiana Tech 16 345 794 .435
8 Hawai'i 16 350 846 .414
9 Fresno State 16 357 869 .411

2007-2008
FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGES

No Team G FG FGA PCT
1 Utah State 16 441 821 .537
2 Boise State 16 467 913 .512
3 Nevada 16 455 900 .506
4 New Mexico State 16 495 1044 .474
5 Hawai'i 16 414 916 .452
6 San Jose State 16 396 914 .433
7 Idaho 16 387 904 .428
8 Fresno State 16 400 963 .415
9 Louisiana Tech 16 344 877 .392

The category in which a better number was expected but didn't turn out that way was three-point shooting as San Jose State was statistically about the same last year and this season. The heretofore mentioned injuries certainly contributed to this so clean bills of health for Graham and Oliver and the continued emergence of Robert Owens indicate 2009-2010 should bring a better number. Owens shot .405% on his trey attempts (32-79) during WAC play after a 34% (15-44) non-league compilation.

2008-2009
3-POINT FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGES

No Team G FG FGA PCT
1 Utah State 16 103 258 .399
2 Louisiana Tech 16 98 248 .395
3 New Mexico State 16 97 256 .379
4 Idaho 16 90 261 .345
5 Boise State 16 102 298 .342
6 Fresno State 16 110 334 .329
7 Nevada 16 76 243 .313
8 San Jose State 16 68 220 .309
9 Hawai'i 16 58 200 .290

2007-2008
3-POINT FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGES

No Team G FG FGA PCT
1 Boise State 16 131 316 .415
2 Utah State 16 91 225 .404
3 Nevada 16 102 257 .397
4 Idaho 16 122 323 .378
5 Hawai'i 16 94 270 .348
6 New Mexico State 16 94 277 .339
7 Fresno State 16 127 392 .324
8 San Jose State 16 64 203 .315
9 Louisiana Tech 16 88 282 .312

Other good news is that San Jose State remained a conference force on the offensive and defensive boards.

2008-2009
REBOUNDING MARGIN

No Team G Team AVG OPP AVG Margin
1 San Jose State 16 573 35.8 484 30.3 +5.6
2 Utah State 16 529 33.1 454 28.4 +4.7
3 Nevada 16 603 37.7 546 34.1 +3.6
4 Hawai'i 16 519 32.4 497 31.1 +1.4
5 Louisiana Tech 16 506 31.6 505 31.6 +0.1
6 Boise State 16 540 33.8 555 34.7 -0.9
7 New Mexico State 16 550 34.4 592 37.0 -2.6
8 Idaho 16 474 29.6 558 34.9 -5.2
9 Fresno State 16 510 31.9 613 38.3 -6.4

2007-2008
REBOUNDING MARGIN

No Team G Team AVG OPP AVG Margin
1 New Mexico State 16 660 41.2 521 32.6 +8.7
2 San Jose State 16 603 37.7 495 30.9 +6.7
3 Utah State 16 523 32.7 443 27.7 +5.0
4 Boise State 16 572 35.8 523 32.7 +3.1
5 Nevada 16 565 35.3 528 33.0 +2.3
6 Idaho 16 519 32.4 544 34.0 -1.6
7 Fresno State 16 555 34.7 618 38.6 -3.9
8 Hawai'i 16 456 28.5 582 36.4 -7.9
9 Louisiana Tech 16 412 25.8 611 38.2 -12.4

and

2008-2009
OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS

No Team G REB AVG/G
1 San Jose State 16 225 14.06
2 Nevada 16 205 12.81
3 Hawai'i 16 204 12.75
4 Utah State 16 179 11.19
5 Louisiana Tech 16 174 10.88
6 New Mexico State 16 169 10.56
7 Boise State 16 154 9.63
8 Fresno State 16 154 9.63
9 Idaho 16 146 9.13

2007-2008
OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS

No Team G REB AVG/G
1 New Mexico State 16 257 16.06
2 San Jose State 16 221 13.81
3 Idaho 16 191 11.94
4 Nevada 16 160 10.00
5 Hawai'i 16 157 9.81
6 Boise State 16 149 9.31
7 Fresno State 16 149 9.31
8 Utah State 16 143 9.31
9 Louisiana Tech 16 138 8.63

In summary, progress was made in a number of categories paired with the logical sense that even better numbers in 2009-2010 are attainable if good health can be maintained.


Inside TheSpartans Top Stories