UConns NotSoSecret Weapon

FiveThirtyEight’s model calls Monday night’s NCAA men’s basketball championship game between Kentucky and Connecticut a tossup. If it’s as close as each team’s win probabilities are, the game will probably come down to free throws. If it does, advantage, UConn.The Huskies have hit 77.4 percent of their free throws this season, good for fifth out of the 351 teams in Division I. That’s the highest free-throw percentage ranking for a Final Four team since Michigan State ranked third in the nation in 2005. And if UConn shoots well at the line and beats Kentucky, the Huskies will have the highest free-throw percentage ranking of any champion since before the 1998 Final Four, the earliest for which stats are available. Kentucky is hitting 68.4 percent of its free throws, just 228th overall.Hitting lots of free throws is, not surprisingly, helpful for winning college basketball games, and in Storrs, Conn., free-throw shooting has become a key part of success. During the 2010-2011 season, current UConn associate coach Glen Miller found and shared a video of Steve Nash shooting from the free-throw line (Nash is a career 90.4 percent shooter in the NBA). That year, the Jim Calhoun-coached Huskies won the championship while finishing 11th nationally in free-throw shooting. UConn hit 82 percent of its free throws in the tournament. It was a big improvement from the Huskies’ No. 312 ranking the prior time they won the title under Calhoun, in 2004. (That was the lowest ranking in free-throw accuracy for a champion on record.)Last season, its first under coach Kevin Ollie, UConn ranked 31st. During his four years as a Husky in the 1990s, Ollie improved his accuracy from the line, going from 71.8 percent his freshman year to 80.6 percent in his senior year. And under Ollie, UConn has improved, too. All three players to shoot at least 80 free throws last year and this year for UConn have a higher percentage this season.Even if you don’t appreciate the aesthetic value of Shabazz Napier’s free-throw shooting as much our Grantland colleague Louisa Thomas does, you should appreciate its value to the Huskies. Napier has hit 86.9 percent of his free throws this season, up from 81.9 percent last year. He’s also taken 64 percent more foul shots. He’s been even better in the tournament, missing just twice on 31 tries.To approximate the importance of free-throw accuracy for the Huskies’ success, I checked a few simple what-if scenarios. If they’d shot free throws in each game this season at the rate they shot last year (74.3 percent), or the national average rate this season (69.8 percent), the Huskies would have lost two more games during the season and been forced into overtime in a third. A loss in that overtime game could have jeopardized their tournament berth.At the national average rate, UConn would have hit just 15 of 22 free throws in both its Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games — instead of hitting 20 and 21, respectively. Both games would have gone into overtime, which would have jeopardized  its Final Four berth. And if the Huskies had shot in each game at the same rate as their opponent in that game, they would have lost their Sweet Sixteen game against Iowa State.Of course, these are overly simplified scenarios; games probably wouldn’t have played out exactly the same way with different free-throw results. But that could cut both ways: Perhaps a team of Huskies who were weaker from the line would have done even worse because they wouldn’t have gotten to shoot the back end of one-and-ones, or because opponents would have fouled them more often and prevented more field goals. Then again, the record of recent Final Fours shows plenty of teams can succeed while laying lots of bricks from the free-throw line. One conclusion is clear: UConn almost certainly wouldn’t have gotten this far without Napier’s deadeye accuracy with the clock stopped, or without that Steve Nash video. 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Heavy rainfall predicted

first_imgKolkata: A fresh low-pressure area that has been created over North Odisha and adjoining Bengal would bring moderate to heavy rainfall in various parts of the state, the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore predicted. However, the city may receive light to moderate rainfall in the next three days while some districts will witness heavy to very heavy rain. North-Eastern states are expected to see moderate rains in the next few days. States like Jharkhand, some parts of Bihar and Sikkim may also witness light to moderate rains. According to a senior weather official, the low pressure which was currently situating over North Odisha and adjoining parts of Bengal has gained some strength as a result of which various districts — both in North and South Bengal — will receive moderate to heavy showers depending on their geographical locations.last_img read more

Sporadic incidents of violence reported in districts after counting

first_imgKolkata: Sporadic incidents of violence were reported from various districts soon after the counting of votes started and the BJP put up a fairly good result on Thursday.Trinamool Congress and BJP activists blamed each others for triggering the violence. In some places the BJP accused Trinamool Congress workers of hurling bombs while some TMC activists alleged BJP for capturing their party office. Clashes broke out in various parts of Ranaghat Lok Sabha constituency after election results started pouring in. A BJP worker in the Bagula area identified as Kanu Biswas received serious injuries. He was taken to Krishnanagar hospital. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataTwo persons were injured when the miscreants hurled bombs at ward number 3 in Cooch Behar’s Tufangunj. It was learnt that bombs were hurled during a clash that broke out in the region on Thursday afternoon as the election results kept coming in. The local police administration is yet to confirm who were involved behind hurling of bombs. Tension broke out between at Ayush gram of East Burdwan. A party office of Trinamool Congress was ransacked allegedly by the BJP workers. The party office was later set on fire. The local Trinamool Congress leaders alleged that the BJP workers led the attack. After being informed the police reached the spot and brought the situation under control. They dispersed the mob. A probe has been initiated in this regard. A clash took place outside a counting station under Burdwan-Durgapur constituency. A chaos broke out as the supporters of both the rival parties engaged in heated altercation. A scuffle broke out turning the situation more volatile. The police personnel deployed in the area soon brought the situation under control. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateTension also ran high outside a counting station in Howrah’s Shibpur. A scuffle broke out between the BJP and TMC supporters. The police had to lathi-charge to control the situation. A huge contingent of police rushed to the spot to check a further escalation. Some BJP workers were allegedly beaten up by TMC men when the former somehow came in the way of TMC activists who were smearing each other’s faces with colours. A BJP activist had received injuries in his head. Some others were reportedly injured during the incident.last_img read more

Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October update after it deletes user files

first_imgThe Windows 10 October update was available for download around the time of the Surface event last week. While the update brought features like Your Phone App and Windows Timeline, users also experienced massive file deleting from their systems. Microsoft had excluded the update from some devices due to compatibility issues with newer processors. The issue was reported by users in the early stages before mass rollout. Users could manually download and install the Windows October 2018 Update from October 2. Rollout was to be pushed October 9 for Patch Tuesday. Microsoft recommends contacting their customer support if the update has deleted your files. The support site advices: “If you have manually downloaded the Windows 10 October 2018 Update installation media, please don’t install it and wait until new media is available.” As of now, it is not known how many users faced this issue. Windows updates are not known to be smooth, causing some issues and errors. But it is unusual that an issue of this magnitude was not detected in Microsoft’s testing of the Windows update. Earlier this year, Microsoft had delayed the Windows 10 April 2018 because of Blue Screen of Death issues. But the issues in that update were rectified before the update reached regular users. Fortunately, this update wasn’t mass rolled out and the issue was detected in an early stage. This serves as a reminder to users to create a backup of important files before an OS update. When Microsoft continues mass rollout of this update, the issue will be fixed, but it is safe to backup your data in any case. The official support page states: “We have paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) for all users as we investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating.” There are comments on the support page, where users are stating the problem. For more details visit the Microsoft support website. Read next Microsoft Your Phone: Mirror your Android phone apps on Windows What’s new in the Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 17704 Microsoft Cloud Services get GDPR Enhancementslast_img read more