Tag: defense

The foul to turnover ratio and DePaul

The press defense is a typically a study in tradeoffs. You play aggressive defense, which hopefully leads to more turnovers and typically leads to more fouls. You hope that the empty possessions and the missed free throws make up for the extra attempts your opponent gets. Well, on Thursday at South Florida that tradeoff didn’t... Read more »

Three links you should read

While you try and recover from the fact that DePaul lost to West Virginia by just two points here are a few links for you to check out that I’ve found particularly interesting. Also, congrats to Cleveland Melvin. After his 17-point, five rebound, two block day he seems well on his way to taking the... Read more »

St. John's tougher than Northwestern, leaves question in wake

Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden Northwestern had a chance to prove once and for all that this is a different Wildcats team. This is the team that’s going to go to the NCAA Tournament and this is the team that can win tough games, like playing at a Big East team’s home arena. Unfortunately,... Read more »

DePaul's defense does it the right way

Tonight against Milwaukee is what Oliver Purnell’s defense is supposed to look like. The Blue Demons managed to get the Panthers to play their pace and DePaul allowed 47 points in 62 possessions, a great .76 points per possession. You’ll win a lot of games playing that style. The possessions were held in check because... Read more »

Northwestern played defense!

This might come as a shock, but back at Welsh-Ryan Arena for their home opener, the Northwestern Wildcats actually played pretty good defense. The Wildcats, with a liberal sprinkling of many of the reserves, managed to hold Arkansas-Pine Bluff to just 45 points in 64 possessions, or .703 points per possession. Honestly, that’s pretty good.... Read more »