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Tempo Free Preview - Baylor vs. San Diego State

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Each game this season, we'll provide the current tempo-free statistics for Baylor and its opponent. (For more information on tempo-free statistics, see our primer here.)

Today, the Bears play San Diego State at 2:00 as part of ESPN's 24 hr college basketball kickoff.

All of the following statistics are provided courtesy of KenPom.com, the great resource for tempo-free college basketball statistics.

Baylor Bears San Diego State Aztecs
Adjusted Tempo [rank] 67.8 [140] (66.3 [185] in 2011) 65.7 [247] (63.8 [301] in 2011)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency [rank]  110.5 [28] (106.2 [92] in 2011) 104.0 [104] (113.5 [26] in 2011)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency [rank] 92.5 [24] (96.6 [72] in 2011) 92.2 [22] (87.7 [3] in 2011)

When Baylor is on offense:

Baylor Bears San Diego State Aztecs
Adjusted Efficiency [rank] 110.5 [28] 92.2 [22]
eFG% [rank] 54.5% [65] 46.5% [122]
TO% [rank] 21.0% [122] 24.6% [89]
OR% [rank] 43.7% [26] 22.3% [42]
FT Rate [rank] 60.0% [33] 12.1% [8]

 

When Baylor is on defense:

Baylor Bears San Diego State Aztecs
Adjusted Efficiency [rank] 92.5 [24] 104.0 [104]
eFG% [rank] 39.2% [53] 56.5% [45]
TO% [rank] 25.9% [73] 19.9% [103]
OR% [rank] 34.3% [156] 35.7% [98]
FT Rate [rank] 37.1% [117] 45.0% [92]

There is a ton of noise in these numbers, because it is so early in the season, but here are a few key things to focus on:

  • Rebounding Baylor shots - Baylor has been great this year rebounding its own misses, while SDSU has done a great job keeping its opponents out of second chance opportunities.
  • Baylor getting to the foul line - Baylor has been great this year at creating contact and getting free throw opportunities, while SDSU has been one of the least foul-prone teams in the country.
  • SDSU shooting - SDSU is off to a decent start shooting the ball this year, but Baylor has been very effective in harassing its opponents shots.
  • Ball protection - both teams have been net positive in turnover margin this year.