[For explanation of what’s below, check out the original Project Defensive Score Sheet post.]
This one will be quick, as it wasn’t a very intriguing game, and I’ve got a busy day. Here’s the table, notes after the break.
- As usual, the better defensive team used teamwork more often when creating turnovers. Only 2 of KU’s 11 forced turnovers (18%) were solo efforts, caused by a single player, whereas 4 of Texas Tech’s 7 (57%) were solo.
- Josh Selby had a great night, at least effort-wise. Besides the stats tracked above, he also ended up in the crowd on three other occasions, after deflecting Red Raider passes.
- I am not surprised to see Markieff Morris at the top of the Jayhawks section, and Elijah Johnson at the bottom. I haven’t compiled the numbers yet, but I’m fairly sure that’s where they’ll end up when viewing all the games as a whole.
- The spread between Kansas’s best and worst defensive ratings (among those with 10+ minutes) was much larger (17.5) than the spread for Texas Tech (9.9).
- Mike Singletary and Robert Lewandowski didn’t get much help trying to handle Thomas Robinson and the Morris twins. They had a lot of field goals allowed (DFGM) where there were no other Tech defenders anywhere close to to the player with the ball. It was especially striking at the start of the game, as even the announcer mentioned it.
- Jeff Withey racked up those miserable numbers mostly at the end of the game, with the scrubs in. I’m not sure if that mitigates it (because he had to cover for his poor defensive teammates) or makes it worse (because he allowed points to poor opponent players).
- I didn’t keep track of good and bad looks this time, but check out how many of Texas Tech’s defensive possessions were credited to “Team.” Kansas got a lot of open looks.