Someone pm’d me about the possibility of Siena coach Fran McCaffrey as a potential coach. He’s done an absolutely fabulous job at Siena. Paul Hewitt left Siena for Georgia Tech, and Siena’s program collapsed. Fran took over in '05/06, a team which I think was last in the MAAC the prior year. They might have been winless. Last year, they beat OSU in the NCAA’s. When was the last time PSU beat OSU? This year, they’re 16-4, and 9-0 in the MAAC. Like PSU, they lost to Temple, by 4. Their other losses were to Georgia Tech, St. John’s and Northern Iowa(worst loss, by 17).
Look at these stat comparisons vs. PSU. Siena has played 20 games vs. PSU’s 18.
Points inside the arc 598 920
Points from trey 357 294
FTM’s/FTA’s 232-332 329-493
3 % 32.6% 31.7%
FTA % 69.9% 66.7%
So, as suspected, it’s not our 3 shooting, nor our FTA shooting, the latter BTW, we are also better at than UConn and Texas. The elephant in the room, so to speak, are the points inside the arc, and the total FTA’s, created by taking it inside. Just think what 4-5 more points from the foul line per game would mean to PSU game results so far. Siena is averaging 77ppg, has 4 scorers in double digits, two of which, Franklin and Rossiter are combining for 29ppg, and 17rpg, and are a revealing 0-3 from the arc. They’re shooting a combined better than 58%. I bet over the summer they’re not working on their 3 point shooting, but on where they can help the team.
Side note: As to talent level, interestingly, Siena has 6th man, Kyle Downey, who played vs. Talor in '07 state semis. A good shooter in HS, only 11-44 from the arc this year. His HS team, Fairport, beat the team which beat Jonny Flynn’s team to get to semis. I kind of thought Kyle was mid-major player to major DI bench player, after just seeing him play that one time. Fairport, well coached, halfcourt, non-fast breaking team, held Talor to 14 points, one of lowest point totals of season.