* La Salle is getting good shots, making them and not turning the ball over. Thus, the Explorers are scoring 1.08 points per possession, 42nd nationally, and should be in good position to get a road win at 2-10 Siena on Saturday.
* Penn is very inefficient on offense, turning it over on nearly 25 percent of its possessions and getting very few offensive rebounds, accounting for only .91 point per possession going into Saturday's game at
* Temple is turning the ball over on only 16 percent of its possessions, 14th in the country. So, even though the Owls have not shot particularly well, they are giving themselves a chance to score on most possessions.
* Villanova is getting to the foul line in relation to field goal attempts more than any team in America. The Wildcats' ratio of FTA to FGA is 53 percent. Combine the fact that free throws are the most effective way to score with 38 percent shooting from the arc, and you have a team playing better because it is using its possessions better.
* Only Michigan is fouling at a lower rate than Saint Joseph's. Normally, this would be a good thing, but it could say something about the Hawks' passion, or lack of it, for the game at the moment.
* Drexel's interior defense is its biggest issue as we head to 2013. The Dragons are allowing teams to shoot 54.4 percent on two-pointers. Only 22 teams are easier to score against inside the arc.
- Dick Jerardi