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Should we ignore things defenses can't control when rating them?

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Dan Hanner builds on an e-mail I wrote him discussing whether rating systems should consider 3-point percentage defense or free-throw percentage defense when they rate teams. In my e-mail to Dan, I focused on a specific example - North Dakota State. If you're interested in the details, here's the relevant portion of that e-mail excerpted below: In 2013, NDSU allowed 26.2 free throws per effective (non-turnover) possession, and that number ticked up slightly to 28.7 per 100 in 2014. Yet the difference in "free throw defense" came from the FT% of its opponents, which moved from 69.6% to 75.3%. While in 2013 NDSU gave up about the number of points you would expect from the line given its defensive capabilities, in 2014 it gave up 1.7 more points per 100 possession thanks solely to FT shooting by its opposition, completely out of its control. The same story with 3s, though that requires a belief in Pomeroy's theory on the topic. You'd have expected the opposition to score 11.9 points per 100 effective possessions on 3s against NDSU in 2014, but they scored 13.2. That's another 1.4 points outside their control (rounding). Add it up, and that's a 3.1 point swing in 2014 based on luck, not talent. Take 3.1 points off their defensive rating, and you get to a fair defensive rating of 100.0 points per 100 possessions, which would rate 74th in Pomeroy. If you did the same exercise for 2013 and strip out the Bisons' good fortune, you'll get a fair defensive rating of 70th. Basically the same as their fair rating in 2014.

Bruce Ellington gets the call from San Francisco

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Bruce Ellington was not wearing a shirt when he got the call that the 49ers had drafted him because of course he wasn't.

Jimmy Fallon interviews Jadeveon Clowney on The Tonight Show

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"Are you a millionaire right now?" 'Nah, not yet. I'm still broke."

Lorenzo Nunez committing on Thursday

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South Carolina and N.C. State are thought to be the frontrunners here for the four-star quarterback out of Kennesaw (Ga.) Harrison. He's the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback and the 219th-best overall prospect in the 2015 class according to the 247Sports Composite Index.

Bruce Ellington's Journey to the Draft

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This is a really great video put together by Verizon. It highlights all the things that are great with Bruce Ellington. Out of all the the players leaving for the NFL, the Gamecocks might miss Ellington the most.

Preview of Clowney's appearance on The Tonight Show

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In case the secret to this bit of Hollywood magic has somehow escaped you, The Tonight Show is not actually filmed live at 11:35 p.m. every weeknight. (How do you think they're able to show commercials ahead of time, ya dumb-dumb?) Jimmy Fallon's team has released a preview of tonight's show (recorded Wednesday afternoon), and it certainly appears as though he races Jadeveon Clowney through a hallway. So this should be fun.

VIDEO: L.B. Dantzler hits grand slam in A-Ball

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The Lansing Lugnuts defeated Dayton 9-6 on Thursday, and a grand slam former South Carolina corner infielder L.B. Dantzler supplied the game-winning runs with one powerful swing of the bat.

Baseball America projects Gamecocks for top eight national seed

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South Carolina has battled through injuries in 2014 but still finds itself well-positioned to push for a top eight national seed if it can win each of its final three regular season series. The Gamecocks go on the road this weekends to Athens to take on the Georgia Bulldogs, get the Missouri at home, and finish out the year at Vanderbilt.

Josh Cunningham commits to Bradley

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2014 Chicago Morgan Park forward Josh Cunningham announced he will attend Bradley.

— Jeff Rabjohns (@JeffRabjohns) April 29, 2014

Josh Cunningham sets Tuesday announcement

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The four-star forward of Chicago is expected to announce between South Carolina, Bradley, and St. John's.

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