Tuesday, December 12, 2017

40 Minutes of Hell vs. 40 Minutes of Huggs

40 Minutes of Hell vs. 40 Minutes of Huggs

21 years ago, the Arkansas Razorbacks coached by Nolan Richardson unleashed a rarely seen before physical type of basketball on America. Richardson’s Razorbacks pressured opponents from the moment they stepped into the arena until the door shut to the locker room after the game.

Former Razorback player Scott Rose approached Richardson in practice one day about why the team practiced so hard. Richardson, who spent the first 40 minutes of each practice doing workouts without a basketball responded, “You see how long this is? How long is a game? 40 minutes, so we do it every day for 40 minutes.”

Rose responded, “Coach, that’s hell! That’s like 40 minutes of hell.” And the name was born.

Rose, Richardson, and the Razorbacks used the 40 minutes of hell to win the NCAA National Championship in 1994 beating Duke 76-72 in the tournament finals.

Fast forward 21 years. WVU Head Coach Bob Huggins has employed a similar philosophy at WVU. This season the Mountaineers have pressed and double teamed opponents up and down the court. While it may not be the sexiest form of basketball, it has been a very effective game plan for the Mountaineers and has them ranked #17 in the country with a little over five weeks left in the regular season.

I thought it would be interesting to compare the two teams statistically. Before we start, I realize that we are referring to two completely different eras of basketball and I’m not a statistician nor a historian. This is how I compiled the numbers for comparison: WVU has played 20 games, Arkansas played 34 in 1993-1994, so 20 divided by 34 is roughly .588.

I multiplied Arkansas’ numbers by that number to get average stats for comparison. The results may be compelling or coincidental.

Points Scored Per Game

WVU – 77.1
ARK – 93.4

Points Allowed Per Game

WVU – 63.9
ARK – 75.6

Number of Players with double digit minutes per game

WVU – 10
ARK – 9

Field Goal Percentage

WVU – 534/ 1289 – 41.4%
ARK – 679/1389 – 48.8%

Opponents FG Percentage

WVU – 418/945 – 44.2%
ARK – 528/1314 – 40.2%

3 point Shooting

WVU – 119/401 – 29.7%
ARK – 177/457 – 38.7%

Opponents 3 point Shooting

WVU – 107/309 – 34.6%
ARK – 128/431 – 29.6%

Free Throw Shooting

WVU – 354/529 – 66.9%
ARK – 334/491 – 68.0%

Opponents Free Throw Shooting

WVU – 335/506 – 66.2%
ARK – 327/481 – 68.0%

Rebounding

WVU – 353 Offensive / 416 Defensive
ARK – 256 Offensive / 510 Defensive

Opponents rebounding

WVU – 193 Offensive / 498 Defensive
ARK – 308 Offensive / 503 Defensive

Turnovers vs. Opponents Turnovers

WVU – 248 – 442
ARK – 317 – 427

Steals

WVU – 251
ARK – 207

 

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