Some halfway point statistical observations

I noticed that last night was close to the halfway point of the “regular” season, being the 15th of 31 pre-conference tournament games. So I toddled over to where the UH posted composite stats.
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Some of my conclusions are but exemplars of stating the obvious - but a couple of things jumped out at me as surprising.

  1. Nate Hinton is really good - (the first of stating the obvious) - through 15 games he has 149 rebounds, a hair under 10 a game and heads and shoulders the leading rebounder on the team.

  2. Chris Harris Jr. has been really good - Chris leads the team in field goal percentage and the free throw percentage is up to .667. The statistic that jumped out at me, though, was the number of blocks. Through 15 games, Harris has 34 blocks. To my mind he is providing the kind of interior intimidation that facilitates great defense.

  3. The Cougars are a great rebounding team (Capt. Obvious strikes again) - the Coogs have outrebounded their opponents 656 -478. I was expecting a favorable differential - but if my math is correct that breaks down to over 10 rebounds a game in excess of their opponents.

  4. The shot block differential is huge - The Coogs have blocked 85 opponent shots, the other guys have blocked 29 of the Coog attempts, an almost 3-1 advantage. Much of this is due to Harris, but Gresham has been no slouch with 19. I had not thought of this year’s edition of the Coogs as a dominant interior defensive team, but the statistics seem to argue otherwise, a most heartening development.

  5. Caleb Mills is really good - Mills is the third leading scorer on the team - and is in fact quite close to the leaders, (Grimes and Hinton) despite averaging about 10 minutes a game less playing time (I suspect that differential will narrow).

Finally - some areas where we can hope the team will continue its upward trajectory: a) too many turnovers - UH has committed 175 to only 172 for the opposition; b.) Free throw percentage is low - at 70%, again worse than the opponents - although only slightly. c.) Jarreau and Grimes have room for field goal percentage to improve, particularly from 3 point distance. Jarreau is shooting less than 15% from behind the arc. While 3 point shooting is not his primary value - or even secondary - my memory is that last year he was more efficient than 15%.

So back to stating the obvious - the team is very very young and that often shows. However, seems to me, lots of reasons for optimism.


Love Dejon, but I’m curious what percentage of those turnovers are his.

I agree fully with your observations. I’d add that Mills will be our leading scorer by the end of the year.

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you are correct in that Dejon leads the team in turnovers with 38. Again, if my math is right, that represents a bit over 20% of the team’s total

Of course he does handle the ball more than others.


yes, they are a good rebounding team. interesting list of teams atop the Rebounding Margin stat:

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A valid point. The other “leader” in turnovers is Grimes - who also handles the ball a large percentage of the time. Grimes has 35 turnovers. To my mind these are actually hopeful statistics in that Grimes is finding his way on a new team and Jarreau is coming back from injury so it is not fanciful to think they can both improve substantially in the 2nd half.

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And he is doing that while splitting time with Gresham. Through 10 games, he was averaging only 16 mins per game. Sampson has a lot of levers he can pull this season and it is fun to watch.

Houston is 80th in Assist:TO ratio. Not elite but not the worst. Pair that stat with 4th in Offensive Reb per game and 14th in Blocked Shots / Game and you find a team on a nice winning streak while getting better / more comfortable / more confident with each W.

AAC well represented in the Top 15 for blocks:

Just for some perspective, Red-shirt Freshman Caleb Mills has about the same minutes as Jarreau but only has 24 TOs to Jarreau’s 38. Grimes has 35 TOs but he’s played 460 minutes to Jarreau’s 331 and Mills 323.

Again, Mills does not run the point.


Mills doesn’t handle the ball nearly as much as Jarreau


Here are totals to date (Thru Temple):

Player Tot Pts Avg Pts Tot Min Avg Min Pts/Min FG% Assts Trn Ovr Blocks Steals Boards
Quentin Grimes 211 14.1 461 30.7 0.46 44.5 44 35 3 14 59
Nate Hinton 188 12.5 451 30.1 0.42 43.2 30 16 4 19 149
Caleb Mills 185 12.3 324 21.6 0.57 40.9 17 24 2 6 39
Fabian White Jr. 165 11 356 23.7 0.46 48.2 13 22 9 5 82
DeJon Jarreau 129 8.6 332 22.1 0.39 37 53 38 7 8 51
Marcus Sasser 84 6 271 19.4 0.31 36.3 25 11 2 3 28
Chris Harris Jr 60 4.3 248 17.7 0.24 61.5 6 8 34 6 73
Justin Gorham 63 4.2 203 13.5 0.31 42 13 7 2 2 45
Brison Gresham 49 3.3 225 15 0.22 60.5 5 9 19 3 68
Cedrick Alley Jr. 21 1.9 125 11.4 0.17 50 5 2 3 5 17
Caleb Broodo 4 1.3 4 1.3 1.00 100 0 0 0 0 1

Hows are defensive efficiency? From kenpom I see its 85th…but for some reason I feel we are much better than that!

Broodo is our best scorer per the numbers lol. Point a minute ain’t bad.

I like that we have 4 guys averaging in double figures.

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