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2017-18 Clemson Basketball Season Preview: Introduction

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Clemson basketball returns this weekend. The squad is looking for payback after a National Title game NIT opener defeat to Oakland and we know you’re anxious. Seriously though, we - the basketball writers at STS - know this program has been rough to follow. From likable teams that lack offensive talent to talented teams that lack end of game grit, it never seems to come together for us. We know! You probably feel like Eli Thomas does in the image above! So here’s what we promise you this year.

As always, we will continue to provide you with the most in-depth analysis of Clemson basketball on the web. We will do our best to keep these articles succinct while still delivering content that makes the team more fun to follow and provides you with insights that make you the smartest fan among your friends.

We ask that you continue to bring your insightful comments. It’s highly encouraging and very fun to hear what you have to say about this program as the year progresses. The Clemson basketball fan base is a subset of the larger football fan base and it’s been extremely fun to have an online community to share (wallow?) with. We also ask that when things go poorly, you stick with us, and don’t ask “what’s shooty hoops” as we turn attention to Monte Lee’s baseball program.

As with past years, we’ll continue to incorporate some advanced statistics to get the best view of the team’s performance. This is especially important if they play at a slow tempo and their statistics are depressed by low possession numbers. A few of our favorites include:

  • Defensive Rebounding % (DR%): Defensive Rebounds / Defensive Rebounding Opportunities
  • Offensive Rebounding % (OR%): Offensive Rebounds / Offensive Rebounding Opportunities
  • Effective Field Goal % (eFG%): Multiplies 3P% by 150% before adding it to the overall field goal percentage since three-pointers are worth 150% of a two-pointer.
  • Fouls Committed per 40 Minutes (FC/40): This simply normalized the fouls per game out to an even 40 minutes.

Today begins our multi-day, multi-part season preview. Today through Tuesday we will give you a couple of articles each day that breakdown different aspects of the program. We’ll look at the players, the schedule, and how we believe the team will perform against that schedule. Check back throughout the next couple days as we breakdown what lies ahead for the basketball program.