Presented without comment, the conference play Free Throw Rates for CAA Teams (OK, there will be a lot of comments shortly):
|Really looking forward to DU/C of C this week. Or not.|
|FTR nationally is up this year, but the Dragons still find themselves in rarefied air relative to their teams of old.|
Free throw rate is derived as Free Throw Attempts over Field Goal Attempts.
In five CAA losses, the most consistent player against the Dragons has been FT Line. Opponents have scored over 20 points per game from the stripe in Drexel's losses in conference play, and they haven't even been shooting lights out in those games, they're averaging 28.2 attempts. Giving up 20+ points per game from the line will make your defense look worse than it is, except that fouling is part of the defense. On a team that has the bodies to compete, but doesn't have the depth that they would like, foul trouble will be even more important just in keeping bodies on the floor too. With the offense playing well, avoiding cheapie fouls should be priority 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 down the stretch, with maybe a hint of focus on rebounding as well.
We ran thru some of the fouls from the JMU game yesterday that put JMU on the line, here are some more examples from the UNCW game, many of which fit into the "low hanging fruit" basket insofar as fixing them goes.
Here's foul type one, the rookie. Nothing here that isn't easily fixable, no reason to try the faceguard against this guy, and Rodney needs to be using both arms and getting them up:
Here's a second foul and this time it's a team effort:
Rodney's fifth foul? You guessed it, Mike Eades alleged that his arms weren't straight up on this shot:
|Mike Eades probably needs an eye exam - go Tech yourself sir|
There's real, easy, cleanable stuff here. The team has a few more days this week, while preparing for the soon to be Pre-Valentine's Foulfest Massacre in Charleston on Thursday, and then the week before the conference tournament to hit on these easy markers. Clean them up, put The Boogie Man back in his place, and gain 5 points a game. That's real and that's spectacular, and there's no easier way to get it. Cut down 5 points a game on the defensive end? Suddenly this team becomes really, really good.