"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
"There's a certain level of confidence and composure he brings to the court," said sophomore forward Aubrey Dawkins, who played the bulk of his minutes as a freshman while LeVert sat on the end of the bench in a sweat suit. "When you know you have a player like that on your team of that caliber, it's just like, we're in his hands and he can do a lot of things for this team. It's a comfort. It's nice."
"I just really wanted to see him in a game and I loved what I saw," Beilein said. "He was active. He's got a motor. He's got some things he's got to work on. He doesn't have the strength to (play) the way he'd like to in the Big Ten yet, but that's what we're going to work on in-between (games) without inhibiting his ability to play the next game."
In a similar fashion to a diary about correlations in the passing game that I presented a little over a week ago, I decided to do a quick analysis of all 144 regular season Big Ten games and their rushing statistics. Once again, this is to see if the relationships that we believe we see do in fact present themselves mathematically in some fashion.
One of the driving forces behind this particular analysis, as with the passing correlations, is to probe certain (perhaps insignificant admittedly) aspects of the so-called “eye test”, which to me has always been a somewhat nebulous term that people used to encompass broad perceptions of games, regardless of the actual relationships which may exist within the game.
I managed to collect the total carries, total yards and yards per carry for each of the 144 regular season games for the 2012 season, so this should be a sufficient sample size to find some evidence of the three tested relationships that I chose to look at. These are “Carries / Yards”, “Carries / YPC” and “Yards / YPC”.
Carries / Yards
Carries / YPC
Yards / YPC
On two of the above relationships, there is a rather strong correlation. In the case of carries being positively correlated to total rushing yards, we know that this is generally true unless your team either has a substandard rushing attack which they wield anyway, or alternatively when a team runs often against a superior rushing defense. Both scenarios are evident in the individual game statistics of the Big Ten this season. Yards and Yards Per Carry have the strongest relationship, and in my own opinion, one of the major contributors to that are games where good rushing teams have gone against substandard rushing defenses, accumulation prolific yardage and, by extension, longer runs.
So, as was true with the passing diary a week or so ago, you aren’t necessarily being told something you didn’t already know implicitly. The idea here was to explore the possibility that the relationship you believe you see does in fact exist in the numbers, and in the case of the rushing game, at least for this season, it would seem to be the case.
ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOMENTS FROM "THE CRITIC", JUST BECAUSE: