UConn/Butler: This Game Was Downright Offensive (Or Defensive I Guess)

We’ll hear about Butler’s historically poor shooting in this game, but UConn shot historically bad also.  UConn had the worst field goal percentage for a winner of the national title game since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.  There have been three other under .400 FG% games since 1985: Arkansas ’94, a poor shooting, but faced paced physical team; Kentucky ’96, Antoine Walker was a leader on that team, need I say more; and Arizona ’97,  a very perimeter oriented team.

I’d like to acknowledge where I found the hard-to-find pre-2002 box scores: 

http://www.hickoksports.com/

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This ‘Zona Team Reminds of ’97: They Always Seem To Come Out Of Nowhere.

Both the ’97 team and this team came from out of nowhere in the tournament; but once they got a couple tourney wins under their belts everyone knew they would be special.  Every five years or so, they get these stacked one-year wonder teams. If they win tonight; it could be revenge for that stacked ’01 team that had Arenas, Gardner, Walton, Jefferson, and Woods.  Go ‘Cats!

The table below shows how Arizona tends to perform well when there are low expectations of them.  I noticed this over the years and decided to find out if it was true and quantifiable.  The years that they reached the Elite Eight(Regional Final) are in the bold.  I used 26 for their ranking when they were unranked to keep the table simple.  In the years that made it to the Elite Eight, they jumped on average, about 5 spots in the rankings from the pre-season poll to the final poll; in the other seasons they fell about 2 spots.

Other Posts:
http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com/2011/03/derrick-williams-will-he-live-up-to.html

http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com/2011/03/were-yankees-best-offense-in-baseball.html

Arizona Wildcats: This Team Reminds Me Of The ’97 Team.

Both the ’97 team and this team came from out of nowhere in the tournament; but once they got a couple tourney wins under their belts everyone knew they would be special.  Every five years or so, they get these stacked one-year wonder teams. If they win tonight; it could be revenge for that stacked ’01 team that had Arenas, Gardner, Walton, Jefferson, and Woods.  Go ‘Cats!

Other Posts:
http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com/2011/03/derrick-williams-will-he-live-up-to.html

http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com/2011/03/were-yankees-best-offense-in-baseball.html

Derrick Williams: Will He Live Up To Arizona’s NBA Tradition (Click Image to Enlarge)




Arizona’s top ten NBA players, ranked by minutes played per game.

 

It is conceivable, if not probable, that Derrick will be as good an NBA player as any on this top ten list.  I hope he stays in school one more year.

Other Posts:

http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com/2011/03/were-yankees-best-offense-in-baseball.html

http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com/2011/03/carmelo-what-has-he-done-to-knicks.html

http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com/2011/03/blog-post_15.html

http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com/2011/03/kobes-shot-selection-driving-ability.html

http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com/2011/02/mike-bibby-to-heat-updgradeprobably.html

http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com/2011/03/nfls-new-kickoff-rules-are-they.html