Theft on the Rise in Minnesota

Theft no the Rise in Minnesota
December 22, 2013

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have a steal rate of 12.6% which is 11th best in the nation through Saturday’s games. Only three teams have a rate higher than 15% (VCU at 18.2% is #1).

The Gophers also lead the Big Ten in steal rate.

Several players boast strong individual steal numbers, but what is especially impressive is that the two Gophers in the top 10 of Big Ten thieves (min 40% of available minutes played, data per KenPom.com) have also limited the amount of fouls they are called for.

Rank Player Team Steal %
1 Shannon Scott OSU 5.0
2 Mitch McGary MICH 4.6
3 Roy Devyn Marble IOWA 4.6
4 Aaron Craft OSU 4.5
5 Bryson Scott PUR 4.4
6 Travis Trice MSU 4.4
7 Deandre Mathieu MINN 4.3
8 Leslee Smith NEB 3.6
9 Tim Frazier PSU 3.1
10 Austin Hollins MINN 2.9

Stealing the ball is great. Fouling the other team and potentially putting them on the free throw line is not. Let’s re-sort this top 10 based on fouls committed per 40 minutes.

Rank Player Team FC/40
1 Roy Devyn Marble IOWA 1.5
2 Austin Hollins MINN 1.9
3 Travis Trice MSU 2.6
4 Deandre Mathieu MINN 2.8
5 Tim Frazier PSU 2.8
6 Aaron Craft OSU 2.9
7 Shannon Scott OSU 3.2
8 Bryson Scott PUR 3.9
9 Leslee Smith NEB 4.7
10 Mitch McGary MICH 5.0

Finally, here is the group ranked by their steal % divided by FC/40 ratio. This table helps to illustrate just how impressive Devyn Marble’s numbers are. Deandre Mathieu and Austin Hollins aren’t looking too bad either.

Rank Player Team Ratio
1 Roy Devyn Marble IOWA 3.03
2 Travis Trice MSU 1.70
3 Shannon Scott OSU 1.56
4 Deandre Mathieu MINN 1.55
5 Aaron Craft OSU 1.54
6 Austin Hollins MINN 1.53
7 Bryson Scott PUR 1.14
8 Tim Frazier PSU 1.11
9 Mitch McGary MICH 0.92
10 Leslee Smith NEB 0.76

Minnesota wraps up its nonconference schedule next Saturday when they host Texas A&M – Corpus Christi (7:30pm CT; TV: BTN)

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