Prepare for the Battle for the Hornets’ Nest

With a pandemic, months without sports, a fall with minimal sporting activity, and hybrid and asynchronous learning, it is easy enough to wonder if Cats Stats hit pause. Did the Davidson sports analytics group simply take a timeout? In fact, no. The time has enabled some groups to organize and for us to even explore other college sports to support with analytics.

One new initiative is creating automated scouting reports. Want to know the numbers to prep for tonight’s Battle for the Hornets’ Nest between the Davidson Wildcats and UNCC 49ers? Check out this report. Keep in mind, this was entirely automated. A program written by Cats Stats members, Gabe Levy and Ben Yokoyama, found the stats and composed the prose.


Charlotte @ Davidson, December 15, 2020

Davidson:

Davidson is 2-0 on their home court and is 3-2 overall this season. Davidson is averaging 74.8 PPG, which ranks 149th in the nation. Opponents are scoring 66.4 points on the Davidson defense. This team shoots 50.2% from the field, and 40.2% from beyond the arc on 9.8 makes per game. They are also shooting 75.3% from the free throw line. When Davidson wins, they outscore their opponent by an average of 15.0 points. However, when they lose, they get beaten by an average of 1.5 points.

Davidson is led offensively by Kellan Grady, who scores 18.0 points per game on 46.5% shooting. Hyunjung Lee also contributes a heavy scoring load with 17.0 PPG while shooting 59.2%. Davidson also receives help from Carter Collins, who shoots 57.1% from the field and averages 14.0 PPG. Lee also facilitates the offense and finds open teammates collecting 4.0 assists per game. Luka Brajkovic leads Davidson on the glass grabbing 5.6 rebounds per game. Davidson’s defense is anchored by Grady, who has 0.8 steals per game and Brajkovic protecting the rim with 1.2 blocks per game.

Charlotte:

Charlotte is 0-0 away from home and is 1-3 overall this season. They are ranked 276th in the nation with a underwhelming 64.3 points per game. They allow 60.8 PPG on the defensive end of the floor. Charlotte is shooting 42.2% from the field on the season. They make 7.0 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from deep. From the free throw line, they are shooting 70.8%. Charlotte beats their opponents by an average of 38.0 points when they win, but when they lose, they are outscored by 8.0 points per game.

Jahmir Young leads the scoring for Charlotte with 16.5 points per game while shooting 47.7%. Jordan Shepherd also chips in with 11.8 PPG on 39% shooting. Jhery Matos supports Young and Shepherd, adding 8.5 PPG while shooting 37.8% from the field. Shepherd helps control the offense by adding 3.5 assists per game. Young contributes on the boards as well collecting 6.0 rebounds per game. Shepherd leads Charlotte’s defense with 1.3 steals per game. Anzac Rissetto defends the basket, racking up 1.3 blocks per game.


Kellan Grady defending as Davidson takes on Georgia Southern in non-conference men’s basketball action at Belk Arena on Friday, December 11, 2020 in Davidson, North Carolina.

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