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SFU Experiment Big Step Forward for Basketball Analytics
Simon Fraser guard Sango Niang is the leading scorer for the Clan averaging 22.6 points per game (Photo by Ron Hole)
Simon Fraser guard Sango Niang is the leading scorer for the Clan averaging 22.6 points per game (Photo by Ron Hole)

Friday, December 5, 2014

BURNABY, BC - Born of the twin needs of Clan basketball coach James Blake and Peter Chow-White, an associate professior at Simon Fraser's School of Communications, SFU is employing a style of basketball this winter that has produced astronomical offensive numbers.

Blake's team is undergoing an experiment that has never been seen at this level in Canada, writes Eric Koreen at the web site nationalpost.com.

Blake's goal is to push the number of total possessions per game from 80 to 100, attempt at least 35 three-pointers per game and force at least 25 turnovers with an aggressive defensive press.

So far the results have been impressive.

Going into its conference opener Saturday at home against Western Washington, SFU, which has won four of seven non-conference games, leads all of Division II in scoring (126.7), three-pointers made (15.6) and steals (20.4) and ranks second in assists (23.4) and turnover margin (14.4).

Click here to read more about SFU's experiment which is being described as a big step forward for basketball analytics,

 

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