In the spirit of the season, I thought I’d dole out some gifts to 5 teams that have some glaring weaknesses.
Pitt has the #1 offense in the nation (all ranks throughout the article are from the Pomeroy ratings), but ranks only 43rd in defense, which is a pretty big red flag, in terms of contending for a national title. Their main problems are a lack of turnovers (234th) and steals (246th), 3pt defense (223rd), and few blocks (114th).
Santa’s Bringing Them – Ayron Hardy, Jacksonville. The 6’5” senior was named A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year in 2008-09. He averages a steal every 20 opponent possessions (13th), blocks 4.7% of opponent shots (242nd), and helps anchor a Jacksonville defense that holds opponents to only 29.1% from deep (41st). The fact that he’s an extremely efficient role player on offense (130.2 ORtg, 16.7 %Poss) is a sweet bonus.