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February 28, 2007

On turnovers and pace

Posted by Bob Condotta at 1:41 PM

In the wake of the post earlier today on Justin Dentmon, one reader wondered whether UW's slower pace this year might somewhat render irrelevant any statistical comparisons to previous seasons.

That's a good point. So I turned to Ken Pomeroy's site where you can find a wide variety of stats, including possessions per 40 minutes --- the most relevant in this discussion.

The findings were a little surprising as Washington's pace of play isn't dramatically different than it has been.

This year, UW has 71.3 possessions per 40 minutes, which ranks 39th in the country. Last year, UW averaged 72.3 possessions per game --- a difference, obviously, of just one per game, not really enough, you wouldn't think, to really impact the stats all that much.

In 2005, UW had 73.8 possessions per game, and in 2004 the Huskies were at 75.4, which ranked seventh in the country.

Washington State, by way of comparison, averages 61.6 possessions per 40 minutes this season, showing that the Huskies are still playing at a lot quicker pace than the Cougars.

The Huskies just aren't quite as effecient, however. The Huskies are averaging 77.9 points per game to WSU's 66.5.