A couple of things before we get started. I want to give a h/t to Tim, as well as Joe and Eric, who put together the post-game recaps in such short order. Nice job, guys. Next, after the Iowa game, I am so glad that I don’t have BTN on our base cable package.
I want to address a couple areas that bothered me, and seemingly others, about the win against Iowa. These are turnovers and rebounding, specifically offensive rebounding. In this article, I’m going to define certain things the way I see them. If your definitions differ, your conclusions are likely to be just as valid. Stats used in this article are from the great website – Statsheet.com.
Regarding turnovers, I consider them a lost opportunity, an empty possession. With OSU’s points-per-possession (PPP) of 1.11, each empty possession is significant, particularly in conference games. OSU had three more turnovers than Iowa, so there’s potentially 3 points left on the floor. Ohio State’s turnovers per game have increased the past four times on the floor, so the trend is in the wrong direction. I’m sure Thad is addressing this, since it seems uncharacteristic for this team.
Now, on to rebounding; as Tim pointed out in the recap that rebounding in the Iowa game was unacceptable. Truer words have never been spoken.
Iowa’s 20-22 offensive rebounds (depending on what site you reference) resulted in 24 second chance points for the Hawkeyes. For the season, Iowa has been gathering 36% of their missed shots; last night it was 49%.
For the following, I will define a ‘miss’ as an O.R. that resulted in a missed put-back or a turnover. A ‘make’ is a successful put-back or resultant foul, or extending a possession that results in a score.
Of their 20 O.R.’s, Iowa had 10 makes, resulting in 24 points. Another way to look at this is that the 20 rebounds resulted in 24 points, or 1.2 PPP. This is way more efficient than their overall PPP of 1.06.
Meanwhile, Ohio State scored 16 points on 10 offensive rebounds, or 1.6 PPP; more efficient than OSU’s overall PPP of 1.11. This is a pretty good way to score points.
To help things along, here is an article that Thad can reference. You’re welcome. One trait that contributes to effective rebounding is determination and will.
To summarize, I’d like to quote life-coach and basketball guru, Keyser Soze; “Then he showed those men of will what will was.”