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SIU struggled offensively (big surprise, right?)

Posted on: March 8, 2008 8:22 am
 

Southern Illinois will miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001.

That's the result of Friday night's 54-49 loss to Northern Iowa in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference, a game in which the Salukis missed three 3-point attempts in the final 35 seconds and 18 of the 24 they attempted overall. That's why they lost, in simple terms. But on some level it was a fitting ending given how SIU's main problem all season has been the ability to make shots -- 3-pointers or otherwise.

SIU ranks 216th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage.

SIU ranks 210th nationally in 2-point field goal percentage.

SIU ranks 107th nationally in free throw percentage.

So while it might be true that defensive wins championships, the reality is that a respectable offense certainly helps. And the Salukis have been offensively challenged all season, proof being how they've  been held to less than 57 points in 10 of their 13 losses.
Category: NCAAB
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Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2008 11:49 am
 

SIU struggled offensively (big surprise, right?)

So while it might be true that defensive wins championships, the reality is that a respectable offense certainly helps.

Totally agree with the statement. Below-average offensive teams  have had only one Final Four contender I think in about four years. Sp while a higher tempo and defensive efficiency is wonderful one needs the offensive efficiency to have a decent pythagorean winning percentage.

 Looks like the Salukis need to get back to the  offensive fundamentals.  It amazes me how poorly some teams hit their free throws not just Southern Illinois.

 

 



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