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Thursday, January 10, 2008

St. Louis Decides To Slow It Down... Considerably

This just ended, and a mere glance at the final score had me racing to my computer.

George Washington 49, St. Louis 20 FINAL

Yes, that is real. If you remember earlier in the week, everyone laid into Savannah State for only scoring four points in the second half against Kansas State on 1-23 shooting, both record lows for a half in the shot clock era. Well, they scored five points more than Rick Majerus' Billikens did tonight. To make up for the unfair treatment of the Tigers, let's take a painfully close look at some fun stats from the game.

First, GW was 4-6 going into the game, St. Louis was 9-5 and was also picked to finish third in the preseason in the Atlantic 10. In their last game, the Colonials gave up 93 points to Alabama. They lost by 12 to 5-10 Binghamton. OK, so GW sucks, we know that. On to the carnage.

St. Louis scored seven points in the first half. They shot 7-48 from the field for the game for 14.6 percent. They had two less foul shots made (5) than field goals (7). Their leading scorer was 7-foot backup center Bryce Husak... with five points, two BELOW his average. They were 1-19 from three-point range. On the bright side, they had an assist on over half their field goals. They also had a balanced scoring attack, with seven different players scoring and only one making more than one field goal (Luke Meyer's two). St. Louis was also MORE aggressive than GW, shooting 10 foul shots to the Colonials' three. Oh, and just for good measure: Rick Majerus is fat. Might as well kick them while their down.

UPDATE: Here's some more. They missed 23 consecutive shots at one point. Kevin Lisch scored the 1,000 career point of his career. Must be a proud evening in the Lisch household. St. Louis how a drought of 18 minutes without a field goal. They were 3-25 from the field in the first half, which would've shot Savannah State out of the gym the other night.

All told, it's the lowest point total for one team in a game in the shot clock era. Yes, in all the lopsided match-ups in Division I since 1985, St. Louis scored less points than everyone. In a CONFERENCE GAME NO LESS! And they were only 1.5 point underdogs! GW scored 49 points and beat the spread by 27.5! Speaking of lines, the over/under was 119.5, which for those of you who can't divide, is UNDER 60 points per team. They still missed it by 50.5. I'm watching Illinois play Wisconsin right now and I want to stab my eyes out. It's a shame it wasn't Noose Night at the Smith Center, it would've been like Heaven's Gate over there.

Now the Billikens aren't a high-powered team by any means. Over at KenPom.com they average just 58.7 possessions per game, which is 336th out of 341 in the country, but taking a quick glance at the 48 shots, 14 turnovers and 10 offensive rebounds, I would guess they are right around their average in possessions. GW averages 68.1 possessions per game, which is right at average. You can crunch all the advanced stats you want, St. Louis just flat out sucked, probably more than any other team ever. They play Dayton on Saturday and will be roughly a 50-point underdog.

Something tells me there won't be too many players' parents defending their kids on the Billikens' message boards tomorrow.

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