Again with the disclaimers: stats only describe "stuff that has already happened," they don't generally account for the strength of the opponents against which they have been accumulated (hello, MTSU! (yes, that joke's good twice)), and relying on them to predict future results is hazardous to the future of our nation.
All right, now that that's out of the way, let's talk about Vols-Tigers, Saturday night, 9:00 p.m., No. 1 v. No. 2.
Wait. Oh, yeah. Auburn Tigers, I meant. Tomorrow night, 7:30 p.m.
I was really surprised to find that not only are Tennessee and Memphis neck and neck in the rankings, they're also Nos. 1 and 2 in the all-important RPI.
I'm sorry. Auburn. Tomorrow.
Right. So, one ranking that shows a bit of a disparity is strength of schedule: we're No. 2 (woo!); Memphis is No. 28. They get that No. 2 RPI because they haven't lost to anybody yet, but we've played stronger opponents overall.
Sigh. Blue and Orange, not Blue and White. Got it.
Coach Pearl's and Coach Cal's teams are essentially even in field goal percentage and three-point percentage (they're a bit better at twos, we're slightly better at threes), and turnovers are basically even as well. They have slightly better rebounding numbers, and we have slightly better ball control numbers.
Oh, nevermind. I give up. Charts, for the Auburn game, because charts don't lie:
Stats once again courtesy of StatSheet.com.
|Wins & Losses|
|Blowout (> 19)||8-0||(100.0%)||2-3||(40.0%)|
|Close (< 6)||6-0||(100.0%)||3-2||(60.0%)|
Yes, that's a lot of orange.
See ya Saturday night. Tomorrow, I mean. Yeah, tomorrow.