April 11, 2006
Columbia, SC – In the final RPI poll (April 4), USC’s basketball team finished the year at No. 36, moving up from No. 62 (March 12) prior to its run to the NIT title. USC finished the year with a strength of schedule ranking
of No. 8 nationally – its highest ranking since collegerpi.com began keeping statistics (1993-94).
Only four other SEC teams finished ahead of USC in the final RPI, including NCAA champion Florida who USC swept during the season: Florida (No. 4), LSU (No. 7), Tennessee (No. 8), and Kentucky (No. 29). In last week’s final USA Today Coaches poll USC received votes as the only non-NCAA Tournament team in the poll. In SOS, only two teams finished ahead of USC: Tennessee (No. 2) and LSU (No. 7).
USC finished in the top 50 of four NCAA categories as a team, including No. 6 in fouls per game and No. 13 in turnovers per game. USC players were also ranked in three categories individually, including Tarence Kinsey (No. 45 in free throw %), Tre’ Kelley (No. 77 in assists) and Brandon Wallace (No. 52 in blocked shots).
USC (NIT) and Florida (NCAA) swept the post-season tournaments. It is believed that USC is the only NIT champion to sweep the NCAA champion in its season series. It is only the fourth time a conference swept both the NCAA and NIT and the first time since 2003 (Big East).
In addition, in statistics released by the NCAA on April 10, USC’s basketball team exceeded the national average
in 12 categories this season as compared to 11 last year. In addition, USC posted better numbers in 12 categories as compared to the 2004-05 Gamecock basketball team (see page two for complete results).
Please see the following statistics (NCAA provided national avg., USC provided USC avg.)
|Final 2005 National Avg.||Final 2005 USC||Final 2006 National Avg.||Final 2006
|No. of Teams||326||326|
|Opponents Points Scored||64.6||62.6|
Bold – Increases for USC this year
* = Exceeds national average
NCAA Final Team Leaders, Top 100 Individuals
|Team (top 50 in bold) Category||USC Rank||Actual||National Leader||Actual|
|Scoring Offense (326 ranked)||185||67.8||Long Beach St.||83.3|
|Scoring Defense (326 ranked)||42||62.6||Air Force||54.7|
|Scoring Margin (326 ranked)||77||5.2 Tex.||A&M-Corp. Chris||15.0|
|Field-Goal Percentage (326 ranked)||61||46.0||Tex. A&M-Corp. Chris||50.1|
|Field-Goal Percentage Defense (326 ranked)||150||43.3||Kansas||37.0|
|Three-Point FG Per Game (326 ranked)||109||6.9||Troy||11.9|
|Three-Point FG % (288 ranked)||167||34.6||Southern Utah||42.9|
|Free-Throw Percentage (326 ranked)||215||67.8||St. Joseph’s||79.9|
|Rebound Margin (326 ranked)||181||0.2||Texas||10.6|
|Assists Per Game (326 ranked)||102||14.6||Tex. A&M-Corp. Chris||19.6|
|Blocked Shots Per Game (326 ranked)||28||5.0||Connecticut||8.8|
|Steals Per Game (326 ranked)||92||7.7||Houston||12.4|
|Won-Lost Percentage (326 ranked)||103||60.5||George Washington||90.0|
|Turnovers Per Game (326 ranked)||13||11.8||Temple||7.7|
|Personal Fouls Per Game (326 ranked)||6||14.4||West Virginia||12.7|
Individual (100 ranked)
Category PlayerRankActualNational LeaderActual
Free-Throw % Tarence Kinsey 45 84.3 Blake Ahearn, Mo.St. 93.6
Assists Per Game Tre’ Kelley 77 4.6 Jared Jordan, Marist 8.5