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    Want even more betting news? Sign up for VSiN’s free daily newsletter. Listen Live to VSiN’s sports betting shows. Want even more betting news? Sign up for VSiN’s free daily newsletter. Listen Live to VSiN’s sports betting shows. The nightmarish season for Kentucky seems to have no end in sight. On Monday, the Wildcats will play host to an Arkansas team that rates in the top 35 among Division I teams in both offensive and defensive efficiency. The Wildcats have shot worse from 3-point range at home than they have on the road, making 25.2 percent of their 3-pointers at Rupp Arena, the eighth-worst home 3-point shooting percentage in the country. Kentucky also has done a poor job of valuing possessions, ranking 280th in the country in percentage of possessions that end in a turnover. It will be difficult to find passing lanes against a Razorbacks defense that rates...
    In this week’s NBA Power Rankings, Anthony Edwards is scoring, De’Aaron Fox is finishing and LeBron James can’t miss from beyond the arc. Our new look NBA Power Rankings are back, a non-traditional structure for a non-traditional era of professional basketball. The world is no longer just about wins and losses and teams are no longer the primary crucible of basketball power. So each week we’ll be dissecting how basketball power is presently distributed — between players, teams, friendships, diss tracks, aesthetic design choices, across leagues and whatever else has a temporary toehold in this ever-changing landscape. Who has the power in this week’s NBA Power Rankings? 5 Anthony Edwards ROY push Taken as a whole, Anthony Edwards’ rookie season has been fairly ugly. He’s shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and under 40 percent inside of it. He’s racked up nearly as many turnovers (34) as assists (37)...
    Though Duke’s struggles get more publicity than Miami’s, the Hurricanes enter Monday’s showdown in Coral Gables, Fla., with the Blue Devils having scored fewer than 60 points in each of their past four games, all double-digit losses. Both teams are giving up a similar amount of points on a per-possession basis, with Duke ranking 162nd in this category and Miami ranking 165th, but the perimeter problems of the Hurricanes are more pronounced. Miami rates 309th in the nation in opponents’ 3-point shooting percentage and is making just 28.3 percent of its own 3-pointers, which ranks 324th. At home, the percentage sinks even lower to 25.3 percent with only one available player shooting better than 29 percent from distance. Duke has done a good job of being able to generate offense with its defense, ranking 31st in steals per game. This should cause a Miami offense that rates 246th in...
    Saturday’s college basketball slate is headlined by a bunch of rare January non-conference games in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge, including No. 2 Baylor, the highest-ranked team in either conference, getting a test from the resurgent Auburn Tigers. Auburn has gone 4-2 in six games since Sharife Cooper became eligible, with the losses being by a combined five points to Alabama and Arkansas. In this stretch, Auburn is averaging 81.8 points per game with Cooper leading the country in assists per game (8.7) and free throw attempts per game (11) to go with 22.3 points per contest. Though Baylor gets headlines for ranking fourth in the nation in points per game with 87.5, the team also has the most efficient defense Auburn has seen, giving up the fourth fewest points on a per-possession basis. The Bears as a team lead the country in 3-point shooting percentage, hitting 44 percent. And...
    Though both Houston and SMU have solid guards who know how to get the ball in the basket, Sunday’s battle in Texas will involve two teams that also rank in the top 20 nationally in points allowed on a per-possession basis. Despite not having starter Tyson Jolly in the lineup all season, SMU is off to a 6-0 start with five players averaging more than 10 points per game and three of them shooting over 41 percent from 3-point range. Houston will look to stymie that with a defense that is ranked 14th in the nation in 3-point shooting defense, allowing opponents to make just 23.8 percent of their 3-pointers. Houston also gets a big addition in preseason AAC Player of the Year Caleb Mills, who missed almost a month due to injury but has played the past two games and scored more than 10 points in each. Both...
    Maryland began the week with a résumé-building win on the road against Wisconsin and will try to carry that momentum into its matchup with Michigan on Thursday in College Park, Md.  The teams are equal in terms of points scored on a per-possession basis — Michigan rates 27th in the country in that category and Maryland is 30th.  How the teams have gotten to their efficiency rating is different, as Maryland has a slower tempo but is 10th in the country in fewest turnovers per game while the Wolverines are committing nearly three more turnovers per game but rank 10th in the nation in 2-point field-goal shooting percentage and 30th in free-throw shooting percentage  Michigan will look to control things around the rim as it enters this game ranked second in the country in opponents’ 2-point field-goal shooting percentage and 14th in total rebound rate while Maryland has just...
    Maryland began the week with a résumé-building win on the road against Wisconsin and will try to carry that momentum into its matchup with Michigan on Thursday in College Park, Md.  The teams are equal in terms of points scored on a per-possession basis — Michigan rates 27th in the country in that category and Maryland is 30th.  How the teams have gotten to their efficiency rating is different, as Maryland has a slower tempo but is 10th in the country in fewest turnovers per game while the Wolverines are committing nearly three more turnovers per game but rank 10th in the nation in 2-point field-goal shooting percentage and 30th in free-throw shooting percentage  Michigan will look to control things around the rim as it enters this game ranked second in the country in opponents’ 2-point field-goal shooting percentage and 14th in total rebound rate while Maryland has just one...
    Despite scoring 67 points or fewer in their past four games and five of their first seven games to open the season, the Clemson Tigers are off to a 6-1 start and will look to keep their success going on Tuesday at home against Florida State. The Tigers have made their games ugly, ranking seventh in the country in fewest points allowed on a per-possession basis while also rating 297th in possessions per game, leading to low-scoring slogs. Florida State has a unique 6-foot-9 point guard in freshman Scottie Barnes, and while he’s chipping in 10.7 points and 4.2 assists per game, his 41.7 percent free-throw shooting and 26.7 percent 3-point shooting percentage are far from ideal. Coach Leonard Hamilton’s Seminoles will look to second- and third-chance opportunities to generate offense against a Tigers team that is 186th in the nation in defensive rebound percentage. Florida State ranks 21st among...
    An early Christmas present comes the way of bettors and college basketball fans alike when Xavier puts its undefeated record on the line Wednesday afternoon in Omaha, Neb., against Creighton in a battle of teams that both rank in the top 21 in offensive efficiency.  Xavier has been shooting well from the outside, ranking 10th in the country in 3-point shooting percentage. Each of the team’s top five scorers is shooting at least 36.9 percent from beyond the arc. Guard Nate Johnson leads the way at 26-for-44 (59.1 percent). Forward Zach Freemantle, the Musketeers’ top scorer at 17.5 points per game, is making 42.9 percent of his 3s.  Creighton can relate to good outside shooting, as each of its top five scorers are making at least 37.3 percent of their 3-pointers, though Creighton is 45th in the country in team 3-point shooting percentage.  Creighton has done a good job...
    Saint Louis is off to a 6-0 start, but the Billikens’ improved offense will be put to the test in a visit to Minnesota on Sunday. The Billikens were dead last in the country last season among 353 teams in free throw shooting percentage, but have worked on that. They enter Sunday shooting 74.8 percent from the line, which is 65th in the country. This pairs well with the fact that Saint Louis was the only Division I team last season to have two players — Jordan Goodwin and Hasahn French — average at least 10 rebounds per game, and both returned. Minnesota has gotten its offense going by drawing fouls. The Gophers rank second in the nation in free throws attempted on a per-possession basis, with each of their top five scorers attempting at least 3.9 free throws per game. Saint Louis is in the bottom 35 percent...
    Pepperdine and UNLV are both looking to take the next step forward in being among the best teams on the West Coast and will have a battle in Sin City on Monday to build their résumés. Pepperdine has a pair of players registering at least 20 points per game in Colbey Ross and Kessler Edwards, with Ross’ 7.8 assists per game 12th among all Division I players entering the week. UNLV’s offense is centered around shooting 3-point shots, as 52.4 percent of their shots come from beyond the arc, which is the seventh-highest rate in the country. The high percentage of outside shooting has not allowed for second-chance opportunities, as the team is 260th among the 313 Division I teams that had played another Division I team entering this week. Neither team enters this game locking down on defense, as both are in the bottom 100 in points given...
    Pepperdine and UNLV are both looking to take the next step forward in being among the best teams on the West Coast and will have a battle in Sin City on Monday to build their résumés. Pepperdine has a pair of players registering at least 20 points per game in Colbey Ross and Kessler Edwards, with Ross’ 7.8 assists per game 12th among all Division I players entering the week. UNLV’s offense is centered around shooting 3-point shots, as 52.4 percent of their shots come from beyond the arc, which is the seventh-highest rate in the country. The high percentage of outside shooting has not allowed for second-chance opportunities, as the team is 260th among the 313 Division I teams that had played another Division I team entering this week. Neither team enters this game locking down on defense, as both are in the bottom 100 in points given...
    Though many things have not been the same in 2020, something college basketball fans will get that they are accustomed to is the border battle between Missouri and Illinois on Saturday with both teams featuring a ton of experience. Missouri has begun the season 4-0 thanks in large part to rating 24th in the country in opponents’ field goal shooting percentage. Illinois’ 4-1 start, meanwhile, is headlined by leading the country in rebound rate. Both teams come in with offenses that are much improved from a season ago. Illino is is 11th in the country in points on a per possession basis, and Missouri is 29th. A season ago, Illinois was 96th and Missouri 209th. While each team has a balanced scoring attack that features five players registering at least 8.5 points per game, Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu has put up the type of numbers to warrant All-America consideration...
    Though many things have not been the same in 2020, something college basketball fans will get that they are accustomed to is the border battle between Missouri and Illinois on Saturday with both teams featuring a ton of experience. Missouri has begun the season 4-0 thanks in large part to rating 24th in the country in opponents’ field goal shooting percentage. Illinois’ 4-1 start, meanwhile, is headlined by leading the country in rebound rate. Both teams come in with offenses that are much improved from a season ago. Illinois is 11th in the country in points on a per possession basis, and Missouri is 29th. A season ago, Illinois was 96th and Missouri 209th. While each team has a balanced scoring attack that features five players registering at least 8.5 points per game, Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu has put up the type of numbers to warrant All-America consideration with...
    Jayson Tatum, #0, Duke Blue Devils, (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) What do we really know about the science and development of jump-shooting?  How important are free-throws, floaters and touch as indicators of shooting potential? No fluffy intro this time. For that, go read part one of the shooting synopsis, where I covered volume and versatility as they relate to projecting jump-shooting for NBA Draft prospects. A quick synopsis of part one: volume is the king of the shooting indicators, the most critical piece of the puzzle that is shooting evaluation. Above all else, great shooters shoot. But volume can fail without the necessary addition of shot versatility, which helps a shooter reach a far higher level of true impact than one that is a spot-up artist. As a reminder, this series is more analogous to a series of case studies than hard statistical research (though this part will have...
    Should New York Knicks consider trading for Kevin Love? By: AJ LaRocca July 23, 2020 Follow ESM On Social Facebook Twitter Youtube Flipboard Instagram ShareTweet0 Shares  The New York Knicks and new president Leon Rose have a very unique but busy offseason in front of them. The new regime is still deciding on a new head coach, and once they complete that, they need to turn their attention towards preparing for free agency and October’s NBA Draft. If that wasn’t already hard enough under regular circumstances, they have had to navigate through the restrictions presented by the current COVID-19 pandemic that has and continues to rattle both the sports world and the nation as a whole.   Some things never change, however, as the trade rumors that usually surface around this time of year are doing so once again. The Knicks...
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