Ray Floriani

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NIT: A final word, or two

NEW YORK CITY- The recently completed National Invitation Tournament is now more along the lines of history. That’s fine as yours truly wrote a book on NIT history (Arcadia Publishers, 2006). The...


Minnesota 65 SMU 63: NIT Champions

New York City - Minnesota is the champion of the NIT. The Gophers edged SMU by virtue of a late game comeback. In over 90 , say 95 per cent of the time, the team 'winning' efficiency wins the game....


Minnesota 30 SMU 27 at the half

New York City- The Gophers took a one possession lead into the break. The efficiency numbers saw 29 possessions for Minnesota, 28 for SMU at what is a pedestrian pace with a number of trips on both...


NIT Final: Minnesota- SMU the first five possessions

New York City- A possession by possession look at the vital 'first four minutes'. Coaches see that juncture as important to getting a good start and building from there. 'Wining' the first four...


Pre-game NIT numbers

New York City - A few tempo free numbers on the Seminoles . Looking at conference competition, where the most consistently demanding games are played. Florida State averaged a pedestrian 63...


UCONN 60 Michigan State 54: The Four Factors

NEW YORK CITY- UCONN is headed to the Final Four. The Huskies punched their ticket by virtue of a thrilling 60-54 victory over Michigan State at Madison Square Garden. The Four Factors: ...


UCONN - Michigan State from the Garden

New York City - in the course of tempo free and possession breakdowns, it has been said by many coaches the first four minutes of each half are vital. The first half saw UCONN get out to an 8-2...

Seton Hall coming together as a team

Aside from surviving and advancing in the WNIT, Seton Hall coach Tony Bozzella is proud that the team has bought in to what it takes to play winning basketball.

Tennessee 67 St. John's 51 - end of women's season

The efficiency grades are in as the women end the season

Seton Hall off to an exciting start in 2014 WNIT

While Seton Hall looks ahead to playing the winner of Harvard and Rutgers in the WNIT's Sweet 16, we look back at their WNIT opener against American.


St. John's Women win at the buzzer: Efficiency grades are in

St. John’s captured a thriller. The Big East runner up knocked off PAC 12 champion USC 71-68 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in Knoxville. The Red Storm face Tennessee on Monday....


Efficiency grades: Robert Morris 89, St. John's 78

Robert Morris 89 St. John's 78: The efficiency grades are in.


Xavier - Creighton: First five possessions

New York City- Here it is. Friday evening in New York. The 'world's most famous arena'. Xavier and Creighton In the Big East semifinals. Shortly before the game he Xavier coach Angie, called me a...


Marquette- Xavier: The first five possessions

NEW YORK CITY- The final quarterfinal matchup of the night. Xavier and Marquette. As I write this Buzz Williams' jacket has long been off. Let's take a look at those importasnt first five...


Seton Hall 51 Butler 50 Big East Tournament

New York City - First, the numbers. Seton Hall defended their way to victory holding Butler to an 83 offensive efficiency. The Pirates posted an 85. OT very good but enough when you hold the...

Xavier's challenging first season in the Big East

Xavier begins Big East tournament play today at 6:30 p.m. EST against Georgetown after a challenging first season in a new conference.

Seton Hall closed turnaround season on a high note

Seton Hall beat Xavier to close out an 8-10 season in the "new" Big East.


Xavier 75 Creighton 69 : Efficiency numbers

For starters, the basic numbers. In a 68 possession (uptempo) contest, Xavier held the edge with a 110 offensive efficiency. The Musketeers limited Creighton to a 102 mark. In another column,...


The win over St. John's: A 'Reynolds wrap'

NEW YORK CITY- Much has been made of Jalen Reynolds’ outstanding performance in the Tuesday evening win over St. . John’s. The 65-53 victory by Xavier was largely due to Reynolds, not just...

Xavier 65, St. John's 53: The efficiency grades

Ray Floriani computes efficiency grades for the Johnnies' matchup.


Xavier in the Garden: Pre-game and early possessions

New York City - Looking at the Four Factors, agree with an earlier assessment, turnovers will be a key. Coming in, Xavier Hassan 18 per cent TO rate. St. John's forces opposition miscues at a 20...

Should a team foul up 3 with 9 seconds left?

Should a team foul when up three points with nine seconds left? Marquette thought about but chose not to and ultimately lost in overtime at Seton Hall on Saturday.


Georgetown-Seton Hall: First four from the Rock

Newark, NJ- The all important first four minutes broken down by possessions. Georgetown. Seton Hall 1. Turnover. 2 pt FG 2. ...


Hey Nineteen

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – With apologies to Steely Dan, using the title of the fine Seventies (showing my ‘experience’) classics. The efficiency leaders in the Seton Hall women's 82-72 victory over...

Making February meaningful

Having won two of their last three games, Seton Hall is aiming for post-season play to change the culture of complacency.


St. John's 82 Georgetown 60: The efficiency grades

NEW YORK CITY – From the first few Rysheed Jordan ‘bombs’ that saw nothing but net you had the feeling it might be a special night for St. John’s. And, their fans, of course. The Red Storm put...


The first three minutes

Ray Floriani on the 1st minutes of the first half

Marist the class of the MAAC conference once again

A quick look at the tempo free numbers of the Metro Atlantic athletic Conference at the start of play on February 15.

Seton Hall's comeback effort not enough vs. 'Nova

Villanova got its fifth win in a row on Sunday at Seton Hall to help keep themselves at the top of the Big East. Meanwhile, Seton Hall is still working on changing the culture.

Tartamella on his second year coaching in Big East

After a whirlwind first season of adjusting to life as a head coach in the Big East, St. John's coach Joe Tartamella is finding a rhythm in his second season with a 9-1 record in conference play.

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