Shooting woes for USF MBB

Posted: December 1, 2015 in Basketball
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The Bulls are 2-5 on the season and it hasn’t been pretty on offense for Coach Antigua’s group. At this stage last year, the Bulls were 5-2 but had a different looking roster to go along with the record. Let’s break down some of the offensive stats and see how they compare to last year’s group. 

The Bulls are averaging 65 PPG compared to 72.4 PPG last season. USF is 167 for 402 from the floor so far this year, which is good for 41%. They were 193 for 390 last year, good for 49%. USF is taking more shot attempts, but they aren’t falling for this group. The Bulls are 98 for 148 from the free throw line (66%) compared to 90 for 140 (64%) last year. The percentage is up slightly, but is still not good enough for this team to be consistent.

Here are some other stats that should be noted before we get to the ugliest stat. USF is averaging 40.9 RPG compared to 37.6 RPG last year. The Bulls are using their strength in the paint and its working thus far. USF has 71 assists, but 100 turnovers right now compared to 95 assists and 109 turnovers at this stage last year. The Bulls are adjusting to life without Anthony Collins and the youth and inexperience at the point guard position is hurting the USF offense. USF has 41 blocks (40 last year) and 29 steals (45 last year) thus far. The blocks are the same, but the lack of consistent play in the backcourt continues to be a glaring issue for this team.

Now let’s talk about the ugly stat, three point shooting. USF is 28 for 113 from beyond the arc, which is good for 25% from the floor. Last year, the Bulls were 31 for 93 from the 3-point range, which hit for a 33% mark. The Bulls are taking a lot more threes at this point, but are hitting at a worst rate than they were last year. Right now, the Bulls are in the 330s when it comes to team 3-point percentage from the floor, which is a horrible mark. The team was around that range last year and has not improved over the last season. In fact, over the past four games, USF is 6 for 38 from 3-point range, which is a 16% mark, so things haven’t gotten any better. So who has to improve on their marks to increase this number? It begins with two players for this offense.

Jahmal McMurray has taken the most 3-point attempts, going 13 for 45 from 3-point range, which is a 29% mark. He is the leading scorer for this team at 13.1 PPG, but the misses are hurting the team. A big player that is struggling Nehemias Morillo. Morillo is 5 for 23 from 3-point range so far in 2015 and is averaging just 6.3 PPG. After 7 games last year, he was averaging 11.7 PPG and was 11 for 30 from 3-point range (43%). He is not hitting his shots and the offense is struggling around him. He has to find his game if this offense is going to take off.

If the Bulls want to get the season turned around, they have to get the offense going and a huge part of it will be the long range shots they are taking. Maybe they should feed their big men in the paint more and not take as many long range shots. Let’s see what they do starting on Thursday night at Delaware.


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