Local Poll Delayed, Local Hoops Rules
With no one apparently finding the time to vote on local college basketball excellence, no doubt too busy celebrating the legacy of Chester A. Arthur, this week's poll will appear tomorrow. In the meantime, let's have a quick check-in on the thriving Atlantic 11 basketball scene.
The next three weeks promise more fun than David Shuster at a NOW convention, with massive All-Atlantic-11 matchups between American and Navy, Morgan State and Hampton and Maryland and Virginia Tech, plus the sort-of local CAA tournament, which I'll attend, plus the possibility of a Patriot League title game in Tenleytown or Annapolis and an America East final in Catonsville.
And, not to steal tomorrow's thunder, but as of this writing 17 of the 27 Atlantic 11 teams (residing in MD/VA/DC) have winning conference records.
So this seemed like an appropriate time to note some of the best-in-nation and almost-best-in-nation stats the Atlantic 11 has produced.
Scoring Offense, team: VMI leads the nation at 93.1 per game.
Field Goal Percentage defense, team: Georgetown leads the nation at 35.3 percent. (The Hoyas are also fourth in scoring defense). VCU is 10th.
Assist-to-turnover ratio, team: UMBC leads the nation at 1.61.
Three-pointers per game, team: VMI leads the nation with 12.3 per. Navy is 10th.
Blocked shots per game, team: Maryland is sixth in the country with 6.9 per.
Steals per game, team: VMI leads the nation with 13.0 per.
Assist-to-turnover ratio, player: UMBC's Jay Greene leads the nation with 3.36 per. (Here's a nice profile of Greene, in which we learn that he's 5-8 165, and that his nickname is "Go Hard." He's also fifth in the country in assists per game.)
Points per game, player: VMI's Reggie Williams is second in the nation with 27.3 per.
Assists per game, player: Liberty's TeeJay Bannister is fourth, Jay Greene is fifth, and Maryland's Greivis Vasquez is eighth. (Yeah, he's TeeJay now.)
Three-pointers per game, player: American's Garrison Carr is fifth in the country with 4.1 per.
Field-goal percentage, player: George Mason's Will Thomas is ninth in the country at 63.5 percent.
Steals per game, payer: Old Dominion's Brandon Johnson is seventh in the country with 2.8 per.
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