Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Syracuse Three Year Scoring Leaders

Tyus Battle finished his Syracuse career this year as the #16 all-time scorer in school history.  Most scorers with 1,000+ points accomplished the feat in four seasons, but Battle did it in three.

There are only two three-year players ahead of Battle on the all-time scoring list. The top 10 scorers for three-year players are:

Dave Bing
Dave Bing
1. Dave Bing 1,883 points (24.8 ppg)
2. Billy Owens 1.840 points (17.9 ppg)
3. Tyus Battle 1,647 points (16.0 ppg)
4. Dennis DuVal 1,504 (18.6 ppg)
5. Rudy Hackett 1,496 (17.2 ppg)
6. Pearl Washington 1,490 (15.7 ppg)
7. Bill Smith 1,451 (20.7 ppg)
8. Greg Kohls 1,360 (19.2 ppg)
9. Mike Lee 1,351 (16.3 ppg)
10. Vinnie Cohen 1,337 (19.7 ppg)

Obviously, there are some four-year players who would have made this list based on just their first three years.

Owens, Battle and the Pearl are the only ones on the list who left after their junior year. The others are players who played when freshman were not eligible.

Lawrence Moten, Syracuse's all-time leading scorer, had 1,745 points after his first three seasons.  He would have ranked 3rd on this list.

Sherman Douglas scored 1,914 point in his last three seasons at Syracuse, the most for any player over three consecutive seasons.  Stephen Thompson scored 1,764 in his final three seasons.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Paschal Chukwu - By The Number - 2019

Pashcal Chukwu wrapped up his career with the Orange this past season.  He never developed an offensive game other than offensive rebounds and alley-oop dunks, but he did get somewhat proficient with those making 72.1% of his shots his senior year.

Paschal Chukwu
Chukwu did not make too many of Syracuse's to 100 lists, but he did chart some places.

355 career points is nowhere near the top 100 for Syracuse.  Including his time at Providence, Chukwu scored 445 career points, or less points than Elijah Hughes scored this past season.

458 rebounds for 54th all-time.  Jeremy McNeil has 460 and Adrian Autry 456.

163 blocked shots for 12th all-time.  He is well behind #11 Conrad McRae (163) and just ahead of Baye Moussa Keita (154).

53 steals for 83rd all-time.  He is similar to Matt Roe (54) and Sean Kerins (52).

Chukwu led the team in blocked shots the past two seasons.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Oshae Brissett - By the Numbers - 2019

Oshae Brissett ended his freshman year on a high note, leaving fans with high expectations for 2018-2019.  Unfortunately, Brissett did not improve over the summer, and appeared to regress in many ways, particularly with his three point shooting and free throws.  

Here are the numbers for Brissett's developing career:

Oshae Brissett
976 points scored for #64 all-time at Syracuse.  He is currently right behind teammate Frank Howard (992 points).  If Brissett does return for his junior season, he will most certainly be the 63rd Syracuse player to score 1,000 points in his career.

581 rebounds for 37th all-time.  Preston Shumpert had 589, Lawrence Moten 590.

95 assists for 90th all-time.  He's in the same company as Andre Hawkins (96) and Sonny Spera (90).

85 three point field goals made for 31st all-time.  Teammate Elijah Hughes has 87 for his career , and Malachi Richardson had 79.

56 blocked shots for 39th all-time.  That is similar to Donte Green (57), Kueth Duany (57) and Jerami Grant (55).

76 steals for 67th all-time.  He is tied with Rakeem Christmas, and just behind Tyler Lydon (77).

30.69% three point shooting percentage for 52nd all-time.  The nearest shooters to him are Tony Bland (30.9%), Lazarus Sims (30.65%) and Michael Carter-Williams (30.4%).

73.6% free throw shooting percentage, for 44th all-time. His poor shooting in 2018-19 dropped him significantly, down from 18th from last year. He is about the same as John Wallace and DeShaun Williams.

Brissett has led the Orange in rebounds back-to-back seasons.  The last to do that was C.J. Fair in 2012-13 and 2013-14.  His 7.5 rebounds per game was the lowest for a team leader since Fair's senior year.

Brissett led the team in three point percentage as a freshman with 33.1%; he was the worst on the team in 2018-19 at 27.0%.  That is the second lowest three point percentage in Syracuse history, minimum 100 attempts.  Trevor Cooney's freshman year was lower at 26.7%.

Monday, April 08, 2019

Frank Howard - By The Numbers - 2019

Frank Howard wrapped up his Syracuse career with a disappointing senior season hampered by a preseason injury that lingered all year and a banned substance suspension to end the year.  

Here are the numbers to remember Howard's career:

Frank Howard Syracuse Guard
Frank Howard
992 points scored for #63 all-time at Syracuse.  If he had not been suspended, he likely would have reached the 1,000 point plateau.  Instead he gets to supplant Danny Schayes as the player closest to reaching that mark without achieving it.

284 rebounds for 90th all-time.  He has one less than teammate Tyus Battle, and roughly the same number as Trevor Cooney (285), Scoop Jardine (282) and Eric Devendorf (277).

435 assists for 10th all-time.  He's in the same company as Brandon Triche (438) and Lazarus Sims (432).

138 three point field goals made for 18th all-time.  That's about the same as Adrian Autry (139) and Jason Hart (139).

23 blocked shots for 72nd all-time.  That is the same number as teammate Tyus Battle, as well as Herman Harried and Erich Santifer.

166 steals for 21st all-time.  He is in close company with DeShaun Williams (168) and Josh Pace (161).

31.9% three point shooting percentage for 48th all-time.  The nearest shooters to him are Billy Owens (32.3%), Ryan Blackwell (31.7%) and Lawrence Moten (31.6%).

68.3% free throw shooting percentage for 82nd all-time.  Similar free throw shooters include Scoop Jardine, Derrick Coleman, Luke Jackson and Billy Owens.

Howard led the Orange in assists in both his junior and senior seasons.  His 84 assists as a senior were the fewest ever by the Orange team leader.

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Tyus Battle - By The Numbers - 2019

Tyus Battle surprised many Syracuse fans when he bypassed the 2018 NBA draft and came back to Syracuse for his junior season.  Battle did improve some aspects of his game, particularly his efficiency, but overall the season was disappointing for the team.  Battle has announced he is going into the 2019 NBA draft, and I would be surprised if that were to change this year.  

Here are the numbers to remember Battle's career:

Syracuse Tyus Battle
Tyus Battle
1,647 points for 16th all-time.  If he had not missed the ACC Tournament, he most certainly would have passed C.J. Fair (1,660 points), and possibly Eric Devendorf (1,680 points).

285 rebounds for 89th all-time.  He has one more than teammate Frank Howard, and roughly the same number as Trevor Cooney (285), Scoop Jardine (282) and Eric Devendorf (277).

214 assists for 44th all-time.  He's similar to Trevor Cooney (215) and Josh Wright (217).

179 three point field goals made for 9th all-time.  That's about the same as Todd Burgan (178).

23 blocked shots for 72nd all-time.  That is the same number as teammate Frank Howard, as well as Herman Harried and Erich Santifer.

135 steals for 31st all-time.  He is tied with Ryan Blackwell and close to Eric Devendorf (134).

33.5% three point shooting percentage for 37th all-time.  Comparable three point shooters to him are Trevor Cooney (33.7%), DeShaun Williams (33.6%) and Adrian Autry (33.3%).

80.3% free throw shooting percentage for 12th all-time.  Similar free throw shooters include Danny Schayes and Trevor Cooney.   Battle is one of only 12 Syracuse players to shoot 80% for their career (minimum 100 attempts).

Battle led the Orange in scoring in both his sophomore and junior seasons.  The last player to lead the team in scoring back-to-back years was C.J. Fair in 2012-13 and 2013-14. 

Battle fell four assists short of leading the team in assists.  If he had accomplished the feat, he would have been the first non-point guard since Andy Rautins 2009-10 to lead the team in assists.

Battle holds the Syracuse record for most minutes per game for his career in the NCAA tournament with 39.6 minutes a game for 5 games. 

Battle was a Second Team ACC Player his sophomore year, and Third Team ACC Player his junior year. 

Saturday, April 06, 2019

How Did the Syracuse Transfers Do in 2018-19

Four former Syracuse Orange basketball players played for other schools in the 2018-2019 season.  How was their performance this past year?

Kaleb Joseph at Syracuse
Kaleb Joseph transferred in 2016.  He wrapped up his career after two years at Creighton this year.  Joseph was one of the Bluejays top reserves this past season.  

He never developed into a starter, and in fact he played more minutes his freshman year at Syracuse than he did his sophomore, junior and senior seasons combined.   Joseph scored 4.3 ppg the past season, with 1.2 assists per game and 1.5 rebounds. He did have a career high 16 points in a win over Georgetown this year.

Taurean Thompson quit the Syracuse basketball team on the first day of school in 2017.  This was his first season playing for the Seton Hall Pirates.  Thompson would play only 278 minutes this season in 27 games, as opposed to 607 minutes for Syracuse his freshman year.   He scored 4.6 points per game this past year, along with 2.2 rebounds per game.  He shot 40.3% from the field, and 24.1% from three point range.  He played a few minutes in Seton Hall's first round NCAA tournament loss.

Matthew Moyer transferred after last season to Vanderbilt.  The NCAA granted him a waiver to play immediately, so he was able to play this season.  Moyer was a top reserve for the Commodores, playing 420 minutes in 31 games, and starting five games.  He scored 3.7 points per game, along with 3.0 rebounds a game.  Moyer shot 34% from the field, and 24.5% from three point range.  Vanderbilt  was 9-23 this season, winless in SEC play and losing their last twenty games of the season.

Braedon Bayer, the walk-on hero of the Michigan State upset in 2018, was a graduate transfer.  He was able to play at Siena this past season.  Bayer would play in 19 games, but saw very limited playing time with only 53 minutes on the season and scoring only 3 points.

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Syracuse Orange Basketball - By The Numbers 2018-19

The Syracuse Orange basketball team ended the season on a sour note losing in the first round of the NCAA tournament.  On the bright side, they did comfortably make it into the tournament, earning an eight seed.

Here's some team level numbers to remember the year by:

Syracuse was 18-11 in games Frank Howard played.  2-3 in games he did not.

Syracuse was 5-1 in games that Marek Dolezaj started.  15-13 in games he did not.   Four of his starts were ACC games.

The Orange were 3-8 versus AP Top 25 teams.  The 11 games against ranked teams ties the school record set in 2005-06 and again 2015-16.

The Orange were 1-5 versus AP Top 5 teams.  The 6 games against top 5 teams ties the school record set in 1995-96, and again in 2017-18 (last year).  

The following is a list comparing 2018-19 statistics to the other 42 seasons in the Jim Boeheim era:
  • 808 field goals made were the 2nd fewest in the Boeheim era (2014-15 is lowest with 763)
  • 42.40% field goal percentage was the 2nd lowest (2017-18 is lowest at 41.7%)
  • 68.5% free throw percent was 23rd lowest (1987-88 is lowest at 60%)
  • 274 three point field goals was 3rd most ever (2015-16 is highest with 315)
  • 824 three point attempts is 2nd most ever (2015-16 is highest with 876)
  • 33.3% three point percent is 23rd highest ever, right in the middle of the pack (1986-87 is highest with 40.3%)
  • 408 assists is third lowest (2017-18 is lowest with 395)
  • 1176 rebounds is 8th lowest (1984-85 is lowest with 1,064)
  • 424 turnovers is 7th lowest (2013-14 is lowest with 306)
  • 162 blocked shots is 9th lowest (1994-95 is lowest with 141)
  • 2,370 points is 7th lowest (2014-15 is lowest with 2,096)
  • 69.7 points per game is 4th lowest (2017-18 is lowest with 66.6)
  • 12.0 assists per game is 3rd lowest (2017-18 is lowest with 10.7)
  • 34.6 rebounds per game is 2nd lowest (1984-85 is lowest with 34.3)
  • +3.7 Point differential per game is 5th lowest (2017-18 is lowest with +2.8)
The last time the Orange has a negative point differential was 1968-69.  That was also the team's last losing season.

Syracuse set the NCAA Single Game home attendance record of 35,642 versus Duke on 2/23/2019.

Tyus Battle's 17.2 ppg was the lowest for the team leader since C.J. Fair had 16.5 ppg in 2013-14.

Oshae Brissett's 7.5 rebounds per game was the lowest for the team leader since C.J. Fair has 6.4 in 2013-14.

Frank Howard's 2.9 assists per game was the lowest for the team leader in school history.  The previous record was 3.1 by Ross Kindel in 1976-77.

Tyus Battle's 76.3% free throw shooting was the lowest for a team leader since Damone Brown's 75.0% in 1998-99.