Sunday, September 24, 2023

UConn 2023 Sets Defensive Record with 77-39 Blasting of St. Peter's 2022

After three straight all-time great tournament games came down to the wire, our top seed in this tournament became the first team in our game to hold an opponent under 40 points with a 77-39 destruction of St. Peter's Cinderella Elite 8 team of 2022.

St. Peter's is the lowest rated team in the game, as they went 16-11 during the regular season in the MAAC despite only two games against power conference teams (both double digit losses) before winning the tournament and stunning Kentucky in the opening round of March Madness en route to the Elite 8. Despite the run, still ranked St. Peter's outside the Top 100. However, they were part of our third batch of teams added to the game to try to give as many schools as possible a team in the game.

However, the dunk ratings adjust for level of competition played and team defense beyond steals, Blocked shots and defensive rebounds. St. Peter's played the 137th toughest schedule in 2022 even counting the 4 March Madness games, while UConn played the 17th toughest in 2023. St. Peter's defense still holds up on because they were the 25th best defense in the country based on, but they only had the 231st best offense adjusted for competition which is the basis for the dunk range being so low.

 St. Peter's resultant - 1 offensive rating (1 number as a STOP rather than a DUNK for the 51-66 dunk range) combined with the tough UConn defense dunk adjustment of -4 to give a range of 51-55 that was a stop (defender of player with the ball gets a rebound on a missed shot) and the Huskies dominated from the outset. Freshman Donavan Clingan scored early in route to 12 points as one of the best reserves in the game, and UConn completely shut down St. Peter's to advance 77-39 - the most lobsided game in the 216 games we have have played between great teams.

The most lobsided games and best defensive performances we've played so far appear below the box score.
St. Peter's 2022              Ht      Pos       Pts   Reb   Stl   Blk   Foul  Actual Season Stats          
Matthew Lee6'01-PG411046.8 Pts, 1.8 Reb, 2.9 Ast
Daryl Banks6'32-SG6120111.3 Pts, 2.6 Reb, 1.4 Ast
KC Ndefo6'73-SF6401210.5 Pts, 6.1 Reb, 2.4 Ast
Doug Edert6'24-PF430029.5 Pts, 2.5 Reb, 0.9 Ast
Fousseyni Drame6'75-C6110217.0 Pts, 6.4 Reb, 0.7 Ast
Jaylen Murray5'111-PG220025.8 Pts, 1.6 Reb, 1.6 Ast
Clarence Rupert6'82-SG210014.4 Pts, 2.6 Reb, 0.7 Ast
Hassan Drame6'73-SF250016.0 Pts, 5.3 Reb, 0.8 Ast
Isiah Dasher6'34-PF541134.8 Pts, 2.3 Reb, 0.8 Ast
Oumar Diahame6'105-C210011.9 Pts, 2.0 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Total Turnovers 11  39334418 
UConn 2023HtPosPtsRebStlBlkFoulActual Season Stats
Tristen Newton6'51-PG11611210.1 Pts, 4.5 Reb, 4.7 Ast
Andre Jackson6'62-SG672026.7 Pts, 6.2 Reb, 4.7 Ast
Alex Karaban6'83-SF1180119.3 Pts, 4.5 Reb, 1.7 Ast
Jordan Hawkins6'54-PF21410216.2 Pts, 3.8 Reb, 1.3 Ast
Adama Sanogo6'95-C8814117.2 Pts, 7.7 Reb, 1.3 Ast
Hassan Diarra6'21-PG210112.1 Pts, 1.3 Reb, 1.8 Ast
Joey Calcaterra6'32-SG240015.8 Pts, 1.7 Reb, 1.2 Ast
Nahiem Alleyne6'43-SF230015.2 Pts, 1.2 Reb, 0.8 Ast
Samson Johnson6'104-PF210010.9 Pts, 0.8 Reb, 0.1 Ast
Donovan Clingan7'25-C1230116.9 Pts, 5.6 Reb, 0.5 Ast
Total Turnovers 6  77455813

Fewest Points Allowed

39 - Connecticut 2023 allowed 39 by St. Peter's 2022, 77-39
44 - Kansas 2008 allowed 44 by Oklahoma 2016, 66-44
47 - Connecticut 2004 allowed by Butler 2010, 71-47
47 - Gonzaga 2017 allowed by Memphis 2008, 65-47
48 - Gonzaga 2017 allowed by UCLA 2006, 81-48
49 - Indiana 1976 allowed by Indiana 2002, 72-49

Biggest Blowout in our Value Add Basketball Games:

38 points - UConn 2023 beat St. Peter's 2022 by 77-39
34 points - Villanova 2018 beat Creighton 2020 by 81-48
33 points - Gonzaga 2017 beat UCLA 2006 by 81-48
33 points - Virginia 2019 beat Maryland 2002 by 97-64
32 points - Duke 2010 beat Wake Forest 2005 by 89-57
31 points - Kansas 2008 beat St. Joe's 2004 by 83-52

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