Game Preview: Northeastern vs NC State -

Game Preview: Northeastern vs NC State

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Posted: 12/22/2011 7:39:33 AM


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Huskies Offense 10-11
Four Factors Percent Nat'l Rank
eFG% 50.7 92
Turnover Rate 19.7 147
Off Reb Rate 30.4 243
FTA/FGA 35.9 228
Huskies Offense 11-12
Four Factors Percent Nat'l Rank
eFG% 45.7 261
Turnover Rate 27.5 341
Off Reb Rate 40.3 14
FTA/FGA 38.5 136

As we've seen this year, there are some teams that tend to profile about the same year after year, and then there are teams like Northeastern where seemingly everything changes. In many cases, that's not surprisingly the result of roster turnover, but in this one, it's a little less clear. The Huskies four of their top five minutes-getters, but they lost go-to guy Chaisson Allen, who used a lot of possessions and took excellent care of the ball.

Veteran guard Joel Smith has seen his turnover rate skyrocket this year, perhaps because he's been forced to handle more of Allen's duties. And relatively ball-secure big man Ryan Pierson has been pushed out of the rotation by a pair of turnover-prone freshmen.

It's a top-to-bottom problem for this team--everybody in the regular rotation is turning it over at least 21% of the time, which means there essentially is no refuge for the ball. Opponents are stealing the ball on 15.4% of Northeastern's offensive possessions, a figure that ranks in the nation's bottom five.

Fortunately for them, to do go strong to the offensive boards, perhaps fueled by the realization that a possession could be inexplicably discarded at any time and when they do get a shot up, their odds on that first try ain't so good.

No doubt they miss Allen, who was an outstanding jump shooter with a knack for getting to the free throw lane, but it's also the case that they simply haven't gotten what they expected to get from some of their veterans.

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