After Chris Singleton’s injury I wrote a piece on how it would affect the Noles. For a full recap, you can read that here. Essentially, I believed that the key to replacing him on defense was to keep Bernard James, Okaro White and Terrance Shannon out of foul trouble, and so far that has happened. Offensively I thought that Deividas Dulkys, Michael Snaer and Ian Miller were the keys, and to varying degrees they’ve all improved their play in Chris’s absence. But how is the team doing overall? We blew out Wake, won comfortably against
The first table is the most meaningless one, showing points per game and pace, with and without Singleton.
As you can see we have both scored and allowed more points without Singleton, and have also played at a quicker pace. Since I don't care about these stats (besides pace), I won't comment any further on them.
The second table is more meaningful, showing our raw efficiency stats, with and without Chris. As a reminder, the numbers in the table below are how many points we score (and allow) each possession.
|O eff||D eff|
These tables are the important ones, as the first gets at strength of opponent, and the 2nd re-examines our efficiencies from table 2 above and adjusts them for SOS.
|Opp Off||Opp Def|
|O eff||D eff|
From the first table you can see that, on average, we played teams with better offenses and better defenses while Chris was still in the lineup. Since his injury we've played three solid offenses and Wake which is the worst in conference. The defenses we've faced have been one great defense (UNC), one above average defense (Maryland), one bad defense (Miami), and the worst defense in the conference (Wake). So jumping to the 2nd table and looking at how those averages affect our offense and defense it shows that we've slipped just a bit on offense, and our defense has gone from elite to very good. So, in short, we need a healthy Singleton back as soon as possible.