I am debuting a new feature for the new year, The OP stat of the game.
What qualifies a statistic to be the OP stat of the game?
The qualities are arbitrary in nature and contingent upon the player, game, location, and situation. Thusly,
The OP Stat of the Game: 100% FT shooting (7-7)
The game began inauspiciously enough. The Roll-tiders were riding a six game streak following a ten point loss to Georgetown. Their expectations were high, as their previous game resulted in a 93-57 win over George Washington.
For the first half, it was a game of short runs and missed defensive stops for each team. The Tigers finished the first half with a five point lead. (And key to that lead was the noticeable absence of Sam Perry's T-shirt under his jersey. Keep it up Perry.)
This was as close as the game stayed, as the Tigers tightened up on defense, moving away from team full-court pressure on each possession and mixing man-to-man pressure within. This resulted in many open shots, especially for my man TO, who was 5-9 3pt%, Trevor Booker,18 pts and 8 rebounds, Mays ,18 points, and Mr. Consistent, KC Rivers, with 15.
Now it is on to the Tarheels this weekend. I might patrol the tarheel message boards to see if I can find any interesting info.
Hopefully, we use this game as a tune-up for the tarheels and didn't peak too soon. If we play like we did today against the tarheels at home in Littlejohn, we have a legitimate chance to win.