Everything that's worth knowing about Bryant-Marist in the play-in round of the NCAA Tournament.
From 10,000 Feet
Date and Time: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM (ET)
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Winner Advances To Play?: Syracuse on May 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM (ET)
Television/Internet: GoRedFoxes.com will provide a stream for the game. No television.
Game "Fun Factor": 3.57 (stronger of the two play-in games)
Massey Ratings Victory Probabilities:
|Marist||Bryant||Marist // 54%||Bryant // 47%||Marist (9.41) - Bryant (9.07)|
It's a toss-up in the Hudson Valley. There are a lot of ways to look at the balance of competitiveness in this thing, but it generally comes back to Marist being about a half-goal favorite to a one-goal favorite against Bryant at Tenney Stadium. The teams were paired due to their geographic locations, but the residue is an evenly-weighted midweek show.
What's Your Deal?
NCAA Tournament Appearances: Two (Last: 2005)
NCAA Tournament Championships: None
NCAA Tournament Bid Type: Automatic Qualifier (MAAC)
Record: 13-3 (6-0, MAAC)
Combustibles: Dave Scarcello (G) (57.97 Sv%); Joseph Radin (A) (49G, 16A); J.D. Recor (A) (26G, 39A); Patrick Eaker (LSM) (45GB, 16CTO)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: Three (Last: 2014)
NCAA Tournament Championships: None
NCAA Tournament Bid Type: Automatic Qualifier (Northeast Conference)
Record: 8-9 (4-2, NEC)
Combustibles: Kevin Massa (FOGO) (67.06%); Gunnar Waldt (G) (57.50 Sv%); Connor Dent (D) (45GB, 17CTO); Tucker James (A) (33G, 16A)
Truncated Scouting Reports
|Estimated Pace||60.45 (49)||61.86 (42)|
|Estimated Opportunities per 60 Minutes Margin||+4.70 (5)||+3.31 (12)|
|Estimated Lost Functional Opportunities Margin Ratio||-6.94% (57)||+4.43% (20)|
|Adjusted Offensive Efficiency||28.29 (54)||35.83 (17)|
|Shots per Offensive Opportunity||0.95 (67)||1.14 (33)|
|Ratio of Shots on Goal to Total Shots per Offensive Opportunity||56.19% (52)||61.28% (16)|
|Offensive Shooting Rate||27.24% (43)||32.66% (11)|
|Offensive Assist Rate||14.77 (55)||22.22 (11)|
|Adjusted Defensive Efficiency||28.94 (20)||28.88 (19)|
|Shots per Defensive Opportunity||1.21 (58)||1.22 (60)|
|Ratio of Shots on Goal to Total Shots per Defensive Opportunity||56.45% (12)||53.15% (2)|
|Defensive Shooting Rate||24.04% (6)||25.55% (1)|
|Defensive Assist Rate||15.58 (19)||16.42 (24)|
|Faceoff Percentage||67.16% (2)||55.61% (16)|
|Clearing Percentage||78.25% (66)||85.66% (35)|
|Turnover Margin||-7.81 (59)||+3.97 (25)|
|"Run of Play" Groundballs Margin||-0.87 (40)||+2.02 (19)|
|Penalties Margin||+0.87 (17)||-1.92 (65)|
|Saves per 100 Defensive Opportunities||39.16 (11)||37.31 (17)|
|Team Save Percentage||57.41% (7)||57.57% (6)|
Bryant's offense remains a concern, even in an environment where Massa and the team's defense have provided that unit with possession after possession to try and make rubber meet twine. There is an important difference in the offensive efficiency rates of these two offenses, the Red Foxes only needing around 28 offensive opportunities to bucket 10 goals while the Bulldogs would need 35 offensive opportunities to register the same number of tallies. That seven-possession difference is not insignificant, especially considering that it permits Marist to lose opportunities to Massa at the dot without creating disastrous circumstances for the Red Foxes. Basically, Bryant may not have enough chances to put 10 markers on the board, but Marist shouldn't have a connected issue based solely on the teams' efficiency rates. The problem for Bryant isn't possession; the issue for the Bulldogs is what Bryant does with its offensive opportunities.
- Marist needs to focus on turning its clearing opportunities into green zone possessions. This aspect of the game is arguably more important to the Red Foxes than trying to neutralize Massa: (1) No team in the nation earns a higher ratio of estimated defensive opportunities from opponent clearing postures than Bryant (63.37 percent); (2) The Bulldogs maintain a middling functional defensive opportunities ratio, which means that opponents are matriculating the bean up the field at an average rate against Bryant; (3) Marist's clearing percentage is a pedestrian 85.66 percent, 35th nationally; and (4) The Red Foxes have a very average functional offensive opportunities ratio, attributable exclusively to the team's less-than-exceptional ability to get the bean from one zone to the other. Marist needs to maximize its functional offensive opportunities against Bryant due to the Bulldogs' solid defense, and if the Red Foxes pitch such opportunities into the seats, it mitigates the team's ability to leverage its offensive efficiency against the Bulldogs' struggles to can the bean at a decent rate. Clearing matters, and it really matters against Bryant.
- A huge factor in Bryant's offensive inefficiency this season is the team's lack of ball valuation. The Bulldogs are losing around 48 percent of their estimated offensive opportunities to turnovers this season, a mark that ranks 55th nationally. The team's inability to hold on to the bean exacerbates a situation in which Bryant is shooting only 27.24 percent and fails to effectively vary its points of attack, leaving fairly nice part unaligned in the machine. The scary thing about Bryant's turnover problems is that the team is almost as bad at committing unforced errors as being dispossessed of the ball:
BRYANT'S TURNOVER ISSUES METRIC VALUE N'TL RANK Unforced Turnovers per 100 Estimated Offensive Opportunities 25.05 58 Opponent Caused Turnovers per 100 Estimated Offensive Opportunities 23.60 49 Total Turnovers per 100 Estimated Offensive Opportunities 48.65 55 Turnover Margin -7.81 59