Thursday, November 21, 2013

Packers

Wow it's been a long time since I last posted. Wish I had more time to do this!

Monday, March 5, 2012

NCAA - 11 Year Report

With the win last night on Senior Night, Coach Bo Ryan tied for the winningest coach in Wisconsin Badger history.

To compare his 11 years at Wisconsin against other teams during the same time frame, I looked at a scattering of 100 NCAA basketball teams. This chart shows the average number of wins and losses, total number of coaches, NCAA Tournament appearances, Final Fours and NCAA Titles in the 11 years since Bo Ryan started at Wisconsin.

This includes partial results of the 2011-12 season. As games are played, tournament bids are announced, and Final Fours and the NCAA Title decided, I'll update accordingly.

Championship teams and Final Fours are highlighted, and Wisconsin, Marquette, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee are in bold.


Rank School Wins Losses % Coaches NCAAs Final 4s Titles
1 Kansas 29.6 5.7 0.838 2 10 3 1
2 Duke 29.1 6.0 0.829 1 10 2 1
3 Gonzaga 26.3 6.5 0.801 1 10 0 0
4 Memphis 27.5 7.5 0.787 2 7 1 0
5 Pittsburgh 26.3 7.8 0.771 2 10 0 0
6 Kentucky 26.1 8.2 0.761 3 9 1 0
7 Syracuse 26.0 8.5 0.753 1 7 1 1
8 Utah St 24.5 8.4 0.746 1 6 0 0
9 Florida 25.5 9.1 0.737 1 8 2 2
10 Connecticut 25.1 9.1 0.734 1 8 3 2
11 North Carolina 25.3 9.3 0.732 2 7 3 2
12 Xavier 24.3 8.9 0.732 3 9 0 0
13 Butler 24.4 9.1 0.728 2 6 2 0
14 Wisconsin 24.1 9.0 0.728 1 10 0 0
15 Ohio St 24.5 9.3 0.726 2 6 1 0
16 Texas 24.8 9.5 0.724 1 10 1 0
17 Louisville 24.3 9.5 0.718 1 8 1 0
18 VCU 23.5 9.5 0.713 4 4 1 0
19 BYU 23.2 9.5 0.710 2 7 0 0
20 Murray St 22.0 9.4 0.701 4 4 0 0
21 Creighton 23.2 10.1 0.697 2 4 0 0
22 Marquette 23.1 10.1 0.696 2 8 1 0
23 Michigan St 23.5 10.5 0.693 1 10 3 0
24 Illinois 23.7 10.5 0.692 2 8 1 0
25 Davidson 21.9 9.9 0.689 1 4 0 0
26 UNLV 22.4 10.3 0.685 4 4 0 0
27 Arizona 22.6 10.6 0.680 4 9 0 0
28 Nevada 22.0 10.5 0.676 3 4 0 0
29 St. Mary's 21.3 10.6 0.667 1 3 0 0
30 Notre Dame 21.7 10.9 0.666 1 6 0 0
31 Mississippi St 21.9 11.1 0.664 1 6 0 0
32 Dayton 21.5 11.1 0.659 3 3 0 0
33 Georgetown 21.2 11.0 0.658 2 5 1 0
34 George Mason 21.1 11.0 0.657 2 3 1 0
35 Oklahoma 21.3 11.3 0.654 3 6 1 0
36 Belmont 20.6 11.0 0.652 1 4 0 0
37 UCLA 21.6 11.5 0.652 2 7 3 0
38 Maryland 21.4 11.5 0.649 2 6 1 1
39 Oklahoma State 21.5 11.7 0.648 3 6 1 0
40 Villanova 21.5 11.7 0.647 1 7 1 0
41 Washington 20.6 11.7 0.638 2 6 0 0
42 Stanford 20.3 11.5 0.637 3 6 0 0
43 Cincinnati 20.7 11.8 0.637 3 5 0 0
44 West Virginia 21.1 12.2 0.634 3 6 1 0
45 New Mexico 20.0 11.6 0.632 3 2 0 0
46 UAB 20.3 11.8 0.632 3 4 0 0
47 Vanderbilt 20.3 12.0 0.628 1 5 0 0
48 Tennessee 20.4 12.1 0.627 3 6 0 0
49 Alabama 20.3 12.1 0.626 3 5 0 0
50 Northern Iowa 19.8 12.1 0.621 2 5 0 0
51 Temple 19.9 12.5 0.615 2 4 0 0
52 Boston College 19.8 12.5 0.612 2 6 0 0
53 Winthrop 19.2 12.3 0.610 2 6 0 0
54 Kansas State 19.2 12.4 0.608 3 3 0 0
55 Purdue 19.5 12.6 0.606 2 6 0 0
56 California 19.2 12.5 0.605 2 5 0 0
57 Texas A&M 19.1 12.7 0.600 4 6 0 0
58 Wake Forest 18.9 12.7 0.598 3 6 0 0
59 St. Joseph 19.3 13.0 0.597 1 3 0 0
60 UWM 18.8 12.7 0.597 2 3 0 0
61 Florida St 19.0 13.0 0.594 2 3 0 0
62 North Carolina St 19.2 13.4 0.589 3 5 0 0
63 Clemson 18.5 13.1 0.586 3 4 0 0
64 Oregon 19.1 13.6 0.583 2 4 0 0
65 Valparaiso 18.4 13.6 0.574 3 2 0 0
66 Bucknell 17.7 13.3 0.572 2 3 0 0
67 New Mexico St 18.1 13.5 0.572 4 2 0 0
68 LSU 18.3 13.7 0.571 3 4 1 0
69 Utah 18.1 13.6 0.570 5 5 0 0
70 Mississippi 18.0 13.6 0.569 2 1 0 0
71 Michigan 18.0 14.5 0.555 2 2 0 0
72 Indiana 17.5 14.4 0.549 4 5 1 0
73 Minnesota 17.5 14.5 0.548 3 3 0 0
74 Virginia Tech 17.3 14.4 0.546 2 1 0 0
75 Saint Louis 17.1 14.3 0.545 3 0 0 0
76 Texas Tech 17.8 15.0 0.543 3 4 0 0
77 Baylor 16.4 13.8 0.542 2 2 0 0
78 George Washington 16.0 13.5 0.542 2 3 0 0
79 Virginia 16.5 14.1 0.539 3 1 0 0
80 Arkansas 16.6 14.4 0.537 4 3 0 0
81 Charlotte 16.3 14.2 0.534 2 3 0 0
82 USC 16.9 14.8 0.533 4 5 0 0
83 South Carolina 17.1 15.1 0.531 2 1 0 0
84 Houston 16.6 14.7 0.530 3 1 0 0
85 Iowa State 16.5 15.0 0.523 4 1 0 0
86 Rhode Island 16.6 15.2 0.523 1 0 0 0
87 Georgia Tech 16.7 15.3 0.523 2 4 1 0
88 Georgia 16.1 14.8 0.521 4 3 0 0
89 Iowa 16.4 15.5 0.513 3 2 0 0
90 Massachusetts 15.5 14.8 0.512 3 0 0 0
91 Colorado 15.7 15.1 0.510 3 1 0 0
92 Providence 15.7 15.1 0.510 3 1 0 0
93 Washington St 15.5 15.1 0.507 4 2 0 0
94 Arizona St 15.5 15.5 0.501 2 2 0 0
95 St. Johns 14.7 16.1 0.478 4 2 0 0
96 Rutgers 14.1 16.9 0.455 3 0 0 0
97 DePaul 13.3 17.3 0.435 5 1 0 0
98 Oregon St 13.1 17.8 0.424 4 0 0 0
99 Indiana St 12.7 18.1 0.413 3 1 0 0
100 Penn St 12.7 18.1 0.413 3 1 0 0

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

State of the Bucks - 2/29/12

Welcome back from our hiatus, and the NBA All-Star break, to another edition of "State of the Milwaukee Bucks." We kick off the second half of the NBA season with a special Leap Year edition, because hey, it's not every year you get to enjoy February 29th.

So what have you missed since our last Bucks report? When we last saw you, the Bucks had been 5-5 in their last 10 games, but were coming off a tough home loss to the Orlando Magic in which the Bucks couldn't hang on to a 4th quarter lead. Following that game, Milwaukee slid into the All-Star break losing 5 of their next 6 games, extending their home losing streak to 6 games. The only win came on the road against a struggling New Jersey Nets team, and while they had some hard-fought battles that fell short, they also had plenty of embarrassment. It's still hard to look back at the home loss to the (at the time) 5-23 New Orleans Hornets. That was certainly the epitome of disappointment for this team.

The Bucks saw all the highs and lows in their first game back, but took a nail-biter against the Washington Wizards last night. The win boosted Milwaukee's record against the Eastern Conference to 10-11 and an even 8-8 record at home.

The patented "One Bad Quarter" strikes again! A 2nd quarter 22-point lead for Milwaukee evaporated into a 2-point deficit near the end of the 3rd. Instead of the option of coasting through their return game, the Bucks were stuck having to battle the rest of the way. The difference between the Bucks team in the 3rd vs. the Bucks team for the remainder of the game was stunning. Throughout the 3rd quarter, there were stretches of minutes where Milwaukee couldn't find the basket. They were incredibly active in the first half, and perhaps they ran out of steam a bit. Fatigue can be an epidemic on this team. Again, it took the length of a quarter for Washington to orchestrate a 24-point swing in their favor. And it's easy to see how the Bucks really take frustration as a group.

The 4th quarter began with the Bucks up 3, and they played the back and forth game until the end, which ended up as a thriller. Facing a 1-point disadvantage in the final minute, Brandon Jennings drove to the basket but missed the floater, but the shot was soft enough to have a light bounce off the rim, allowing a put-back by Ersan Ilyasova in the closing seconds. A costly travel call voided the Wizards only attempt at a game-winning shot.

There were double-doubles all around; Jennings and Drew Gooden both had one, and Ilyasova had his 4th in the last 5 games. It was a well-rounded game for a team that scored 67 points in the first half. The shooting hit disaster level in the 3rd quarter, but it wasn't a bad night on the court as the Bucks hit 45% of their shots. The Bucks have attempted more shots than their opponent in the last 9 consecutive games. Of those 9 games, Milwaukee had the lower shooting percentage in 8 of them, and they went 3-6 in those games. Quantity doesn't always equal quality.

It was the defense that lapsed against the usually up-tempo Wizards. The results on the hustle board fell in Milwaukee's favor, taking the battle in rebounds along with steals and turnovers, which they so commonly do this season. Rebounding hasn't always been their strongest suit. In their 20 losses this year, the Bucks hold a -126 advantage in rebounding, while they are a simple +6 in their 14 wins.

Thankfully this one ended up as a win. If this has been a loss, fans would have rightfully been upset. A lot went right, while a lot still went wrong. But instead, it just becomes another win, what will mostly be considered a "formality" win as they look back on this later in the year.

So what does the rest of the week hold in store? The Bucks hit the road for a fun little Atlantic coast trip, hitting up Boston tonight, followed by Atlanta and Orlando in the next 4 days. Those three teams combine for a 58-44 record and Milwaukee already sports a 0-3 mark against those teams. It will be the Bucks first matchup with Boston this year. Before next Wednesday's report, the Bucks will come back home to begin a 3-game home stand starting with Philadelphia.

Thanks for tuning in. Hopefully the All-Star break treated you well, and if you're checking in for some Milwaukee Bucks tidbits, you're probably equally excited for the approaching college basketball tournament. For the near future, we'll be combining the Wednesday and Sunday Bucks report into one solid, meatier Wednesday edition. And if you are a vegetarian, we'll find something fun for you as well!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Bucks Sundays - 1/1/12

Bucks Sundays - 1/1/12

Welcome to the New Year, and welcome to our new segment called "Bucks Sundays."

(Once the Green Bay season is over, this will provide some great weekend filler. It will be like Sunday is a really nice lake cottage owned by the Packers, and the Bucks are borrowing it, keeping the fridge stocked and making sure the pipes don't freeze.)

The Good
After blowing two solid leads in their first two games, a loss and a win, the Bucks finally maintained their double digit advantage on the way to a 21-point romping of the Washington Wizards.

The Bucks got Carlos Delfino back on the court, and he contributed to an offense that played big, quick and aggressive. Milwaukee has a physical advantage over a number of teams, and finally seems willing to use it.

The Bad
It has only been 3 games, but of the two close calls this year, their win was at home and their loss came on the road.

Milwaukee did not play well on the road last season by any sort of measure. Sure, they took victories at both Finals teams Dallas and Miami, but they can't afford another Jekyll and Hyde show depending on the city they are in.

The Ugly
Speaking of "road trips", the Bucks now play 5 Western Conference road games in the span of 7 days. Yes, a condensed NBA season will do that to you. Entering with a 2-1 record, will they avoid returning home 2-6? The first two opponents up, Denver and Utah, both traded away superstars mid season last year. The Bucks will face the Clippers on this trip, who acquired their own superstar a few weeks ago.

Stat of the Weekend

The Bucks, three games in, are ranked 2nd in the NBA in assists and 14th in field goal shooting. Last season those numbers were 30th in both categories. Taking your time to create good, high percentage shots was not the "norm" last year, and they'll need to keep up their improvement.

Last Week
vs. Washington, Won 102-81
 
This Week
Monday Jan 2nd, @ Denver
Tuesday Jan 3rd, @ Utah