The Tribe is looking to continue riding its 2-game winning streak into this Thursday's contest against #1 UNCW. [photo via tribeathletics.com]

Midway Analysis: W&M Basketball Stats Breakdown

The Tribe is looking to continue riding its 2-game winning streak into this Thursday's contest against #1 UNCW. [photo via tribeathletics.com]
The Tribe is looking to continue riding its 2-game winning streak into this Thursday’s contest against #1 UNCW. [photo via Jim Agnew, tribeathletics.com]
14 games into the regular season, and 3 games into CAA play, the Tribe already finds itself right in the thick of things. Going into the year, most Tribe fans thought they had a pretty good idea regarding which players would lead specific stat categories–in terms of who would be the leading scorer, lead the team in assists, minutes logged, etc. However, while many of those preseason predictions have held true, most would probably be surprised how some stats have played out for the Green and Gold up to this point in the season.

But with 16 games left, much can (and likely will) change. Below, we analyze the W&M starters’ statistics, breakdown overall team stats, and compare these stats to other teams across the CAA. Roll Tribe Roll.

new-tribe-logo-transparent-background Stats: Starting Five

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dixon-jan-2016

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photos via tribeathletics.com

Stats Analysis

  • PG David Cohn is continuing his reign as the assists leader on this year’s Tribe team. However, averaging just under 7 points per game isn’t where he wants to be. If Cohn can get his shots to fall (as they began to against Elon), bringing his average closer to 10 PPG, the Green and Gold would be that much more dangerous.
  • Jack Whitman has played like a man possessed this season. In what has already been, by far, his best statistical year to date, Whitman is making his way to the basket and shooting a high percentage. But although he is currently shooting a high field goal percentage, his free throw percentage leaves something to be desired (58.4%).
  • Since scoring double digits in four straight games in early December, Greg Malinowski has yet to score in the double digits since December 19. That is, until the Tribe’s most recent game on January 5th vs. Elon. In the contest, Malinowski finished 3-5 from 3-point land, with 11 total points.
  • The undisputed star of this year’s team up to this point has been Daniel Dixon. Named a CAA Player of the Week, Dixon has dominated the CAA. He’s on a hot streak that has seen him score in the double digits the last eight games, including 36 against ODU and 32 against Elon, and a dagger, game-ending 3 point shot to win the game vs. Hofstra in overtime. Stay hot Daniel Dixon.
  • Relative to a season ago, it’s probably safe to say that Omar Prewitt has been quiet so far this year. Currently second on the team in scoring after leading the team last year (averaging a team-high 17.8), Prewitt has scored in the double digits just once in the last 4 games. His 41.3% shooting average has been hampered by a low 3-point field goal percentage (27.1%). We know these aren’t typical numbers for the Tribe’s best scorer, as he finished last season with eye-popping averages: 17.8 PPG, 49.3% FG, 36.4% 3-point percentage. It’s safe to say, once Prewitt heats up, joining Daniel Dixon and Jack Whitman, with Cohn dishing out the ball and Malinowski chipping in the occasional big game, this Tribe offense has the potential to be scary good.

Overall CAA Stats

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photos via caasports.com

CAA Stats Analysis & Conclusion

  • In large part due to David Cohn‘s ability to dish out the ball (5.1 APG), the Tribe leads the CAA in Assists Per Game. Similarly, in large part due to freshman Nathan Knight (1.4 BPG) and Jack Whitman‘s (0.8 BPG) ability to come up with huge blocks on the defensive side of the court, W&M leads the CAA in blocked shots per game, averaging 4.8 per contest.
  • W&M checks in toward the middle of the league for Rebounding, averaging 38.2 Rebounds Per Game, with a +2.9 Rebounding Margin. Charleston is the only team in the league with a negative Rebounding Margin.
  • The Green and Gold ranks 3rd in the CAA in 3-point Field Goal percentage, currently knocking down 36.9% of its 3-point attempts. Similarly, the Tribe is tied for 2nd in the CAA in overall Field Goal percentage, shooting 47.1%.
  • Lastly, W&M averages 81.3 PPG, while giving up an average of 75.4 PPG. Still early on in CAA play, expect this list to change dramatically over the coming month.

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Overall, the Tribe finds itself in a position to contend in this year’s competitive CAA. Several teams have shown that they can produce on any given night. If the Green and Gold can incrementally increase its statistic totals one player at a time moving forward, there’s no telling how this team could wind up when it is all said and done. LET’S GO TRIBE!!!

Next up for the Tribe

uncw @ UNCW, 1/12

charleston @ Charleston, 1/14

Duke_Dog_logo_CMYK vs. JMU, 1/19

 

 

3 thoughts on “Midway Analysis: W&M Basketball Stats Breakdown

  1. W & M will continue to be a sub par team because coaches never make adjustments. We can not play well against quick and fast scoring guards.

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