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Counting 'Eers: Where do the 2013 Mountaineers come from?

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

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This post marks the start of a new series taking a look at the roots of the West Virginia football team and examining, year by year and coach by coach, where the Mountaineer coaching staffs have culled their players from over the last decade-plus. The results just might surprise you.

West Virginia currently fields a roster of 115 players who represent 16 different states plus the District of Columbia.

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QUICK FACTS:

• Border states Maryland (5), Ohio (17), Pennsylvania (12) and Virginia (5) comprise 33.9 percent of the roster, though WVU hasn't brought in a recruit from Kentucky since 2007.

• 51.3 percent of the roster is relatively home-grown talent -- from West Virginia and its border states -- and 17.3 percent is from West Virginia itself.

• A recent study by Football Study Hall concluded that the top-10 recruit-producing states the last six years are, in order: Texas, Florida, California, Georgia, Ohio, Alabama, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Michigan. WVU has just one player from California and doesn't have a single player from Alabama (last time an AL native committed to 'Eers was 2009), Louisiana (2005), Illinois (unknown) or Michigan (2007). 

Graphs and charts? Graphs and charts. (Click to make larger.)

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Gameday: Robert Morris at Eastern Michigan

Written by Craig Meyer on .

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The Keightley Classic kicks off for Robert Morris tonight with a game against Eastern Michigan (2-0) in the undoubtedly-fun-to-say-but-I-have-no-clue-how-to-pronounce-it city of Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Not even two hours before tip-off, here's a taste of what's to come:

Series history: Eastern Michigan leads, 3-0.

Last meeting: Eastern Michigan won, 99-85, on Nov. 26, on Nov. 26, 2002.

Projected starting lineup:

G Anthony Myers-Pate: 2.5 ppg, 3 apg, 11.1 FG percentage, 30 FT percentage

G Karvel Anderson: 21 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 56 FG percentage, 58.3 3-point percentage

F Lucky Jones: 11.5 ppg, 3 rpg, 41.2 FG percentage

F Aaron Tate: 6.5 ppg, 1 rpg, 60 FG percentage

C Mike McFadden: 11 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 50 FG percentage

What Eastern Michigan does well: The Eagles are 2-0 and have won those games by a combined 77 points, but neither of those came against a Division I team. This will make it tricky to accurate judge them, but there are a few things worth pointing out. They're a solid defensive squad, as they rank 106th in adjusted defensive efficiency (for the sake of comparison, RMU is currently 227). Four players on the team are averaging double figures in points, so there's some balance to be had. That group is led by G Karrington Ward, who is averaging 17 points per game and is also the team's leading rebounder, pulling down 5.5 boards per game. Mike Talley -- whose name might sound familiar since he is a Duquesne transfer -- has an assist rate of 42.3 right now, putting him among the top 40 players in the country. Simply put, guys have gotten buckets when he's on the court.

What Eastern Michigan does not do well: On the opposite end of what's a pretty good defense is a bad offense. I'm assuming the data is up to date, but Ken Pomeroy has the Eagles at No. 317 (out of about 350 DI teams) in adjusted offensive efficiency. Then again, they have averaged 1.24 and 1.19 points per possession in their first two games, so maybe they're something of a statistical oddity so far. They also struggle to get to the free-throw line (or they have so far) and once they get there, they're not great at making their shots, evidenced by a 61 percent team free throw percentage.

Some notable stats:

RMU scored at least 85 points in its first two games for the first time since the 2002-03 season and for just the second time in the school's 38-year history as a DI program.

-- About 41 percent of RMU's available minutes are going to bench players, up about four percent from last season.

-- A win tonight would give the Colonials their first 3-0 start since the 2006-07 season.

KenPom prediction: Robert Morris 63, Eastern Michigan 61

 

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Offensive tendencies - 11-14-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

The statistics which have been most glaring for the Penguins in their ongoing three-game losing streak have been their goal totals. They've only scored three goals, all on the power play.

A statistic which is a little less obvious has been their numbers in terms of offensive zone faceoffs. In the past two games, a loss at home to the Flyers last night and a road loss to the Blues Saturday, they have won fewer than 40 percent of their offensive draws. Things don't get easier tomorrow against the Predators who lead the NHl in overall faceoff winning percentage at 55.2 percent.

When examining the Penguins' 11 wins and seven losses, a pattern of success and failure in offensive zone faceoffs can more often than not be easily connected to their results on the scoreboard:

Wins
Opponent Offensive Zone
Faceoffs
(Wins-Attempts)
Success
Rate
Goals
For
at Blue Jackets 8-14 57.1% 3
Blue Jackets 10-17 58.8% 4
vs. Bruins 10-18 55.6% 3
at Hurricanes 11-19 57.9% 3
vs. Canucks 11-19 57.9% 4
at Flyers 9-20 45.0% 4
vs. Oilers 5-16 31.3% 3
at Lightning 10-20 50.0% 5
vs. Hurricanes 16-28 57.1% 5
vs. Sabres 19-32 59.4% 4
vs. Devils 8-12 66.7% 3
Totals 117-215 54.4% 41
(3.73 average)
Losses
Opponent Offensive Zone
Faceoffs
(Wins-Attempts)
Success
Rate
Goals
For
vs. Flyers 9-23 39.1% 1
at Blues 6-16 37.5% 1
at Rangers 10-17 58.8% 1
at Maple Leafs 9-24 37.5% 1
vs. Islanders 12-21 57.1% 3
vs. Avalanche 16-28 57.1% 0
at Panthers 9-16 56.3% 3
Totals 71-145 48.9% 10
(1.43 average)

(Photo: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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If this track record doesn't restore your trust in Dana Hologrsen ...

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

WVU hype machine Doug Cross put together these graphics to, perhaps, give you some solace in the fact that this year's offense hasn't been so impressive. With no standout quarterback or wide receiver, the offense has stalled often and, at best, hung on by the skin of its teeth.

So, take a look at these NFL-laden graphics and take a deep breath. (Click on the photos for a larger version.)

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Here's a bonus photo from last week on Charles Sims: 

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Coles, Howard out vs. North Carolina

Written by Sam Werner on .

Pitt coach Paul Chryst said today that he expects cornerbacks Titus Howard and Trenton Coles to miss the North Carolina games with injuries. Both were hurt at different points during Pitt's 28-21 win against Notre Dame Saturday.

With those two out, Chryst said Jahmahl Pardner and EJ Banks to take over as the primary backups at the cornerback spot. Pardner is a redshirt freshman who played last year before tearing his ACL in the third game of the season (and taking a medical redshirt). Chryst said he is slowly still working back to where he was pre-injury.

"I do think he's getting where he's playing," Chryst said. "I think in camp, certainly, there's that feeling out. You're not quite sure, he hadn't gone through spring ball and do you trust it? I think we're certainly past that point. I think he's just going out and playing. He's not thinking about it."

Banks is a redshirt senior who transferred to Pitt from Notre Dame prior to the 2011 season. A Montour graduate, he has played in just one game this year.

The absence of Howard and Coles could be especially impactful against a North Carolina team that runs a high-tempo spread offense. In most situations, Pitt would probably play a good part of the game in their nickel defensive package with an extra defensive back (or even two) on the field. Without Coles and Howard, the Panthers may have to stick more in their base set, which would have linebackers like Anthony Gonzalez out in space in coverage more (for what it's worth, Gonzalez looked pretty good in coverage on the final play of the Notre Dame game).

"We'll have enough [defensive backs]," Chryst said. "It might be an opportunity for guys. You've got to step up and step in."

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