Thursday, February 3, 2011

Stats of the day

- Much was made of the departure of Kansas starters, and future NBA players, Sherron Collins, Xavier Henry and Cole Aldrich after last season. That trio averaged a combined 40.2 points per game--a major loss for any team. But, KU has recovered this year by spreading that scoring deficit across 10 different guys: Josh Selby (+12/game - freshman), Thomas Robinson (+6), Mario Little (+6 - redshirt in 2009-10), Markieff Morris (+6), Travis Releford (+5 - redshirt in 2009-10), Marcus Morris (+4), Tyrel Reed (+4), Tyshawn Taylor (+1.3), Elijah Johnson (+1.3) and Brady Morningstar (+1.2.)

- In comparison, Kansas State's two returning veterans, Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly, have delivered numbers below their averages from a year ago. Pullen, through 20 games, is averaging 1.2 points per game less and his shooting percentage has declined, year over year. Kelly, who has only appeared in 14 games overall, is down in points per game (-1.4), rebounds per game (-1.3), and blocks per game (-0.7), and is committing more turnovers.

- Missouri's turnover margin increases dramatically at home. In games played in Columbia, MU's turnover ratio is +6 per game in conference play. On the road, the turnover margin is 0. Mizzou has forced an average of 11.25 turnovers per game on the road in Big 12 action and 19 TO's per game at home in the conference.

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