Utah State Wins Again: Box Score of the Day
CHN now features a live scoreboard, stats, standings, etc.. here. Occasionally, we'll be featuring a box score of the day, with some commentary on why the box score is interesting. It might be involve a huge upset, a big personal effort, some odd statistical occurrences, or other intriguing tidbit.
Box Score of the Day:
Today's pick is.. Utah St's 78-59 win over NMSU.
This might seem like an odd choice for Box of the Day. A Top 25 Aggies squad beat a mediocre New Mexico St team by 19 at home, big deal. Which is the point: that Utah St. wins have become a given by now, yet virtually no ink has been spilled about them.
Last night's Box is a great example of what makes Utah St so tough. First, notice that the Aggies shot 50% from the floor and 55% from three. For most teams this is a huge outburst of offensive efficiency, but for USU its simply par for the course. According to Ken Pomeroy, Utah St is 3rd in the country in effective Fg%, and 2nd in raw offensive efficiency (behind UNC, not bad company). The Aggies play a very low-tempo game that is all about maximizing points per possession. They manage to shoot well from all spots on the floor, in the top 31 of FG%, FT%, and 3-Pt%. You see these numbers at work in the Box below (although reserve Brady Jardine killed the FT% by going 1-5).
When you talk about high % offense, it starts with a pair of forwards: Gary Wilkinson & Tai Wesley. Both shoot above 60% on the season, and are amongst the national leaders. Wilkinson, who was 5-5 last night, has made 19 of his last 22 shots.