Jeremy Zalacca - Director of Athletic Communications
MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The Pfeiffer men's basketball team is off to one of the hottest starts in program history and is now ranked as the No. 1 team in all of Division III by StatGeek, an analytics company that specializes in statistics and advanced metrics.
The company studied years of data and built a ranking model based on statistical outputs of every Division III program which then ranks the teams accordingly. The rankings update daily and after the Falcons 103-62 thumping of Ferrum last night, Pfeiffer has claimed the number one spot.
"What stands out so much about Pfeiffer is the margin of victory is so wide," commented Matt Sidhom, the President of StatGeek Analytics. "Pfeiffer puts up crazy numbers on offense and they maintain that margin on the defensive end. Most teams that score that much, allow a lot of points. If that style holds, our rankings will continue to favor them."
The crazy offensive numbers that Pfeiffer has accumulated through its 7-0 start to the season include 116.6 points per game, a 39.9 average margin of victory, 52.6 field goal percentage, 16.6 3-pointers per game, 36 turnovers forced per game, and 21 steals per game.
"I am very proud of our players, they have worked extremely hard since day one and come to the gym each day hungry to get better," commented Head Coach Jeremy Currier. "We graduated over 6,000 points last year and have many new faces in our rotation this season. Our upperclassmen and new players have done a great job in our early season games. We know we have a lot of work to do in order to become the best team we can possibly be and we will remain focused on improving each day."
The Falcons have scored over 100 points in all seven of their games this year and a win over Berea on Saturday would be the first time since 2006-07 that Pfeiffer won its first eight games of the year.
Senior Josh Calhoun is one of the most lethal scorers in the nation as he averages 27.4 points a game. In his two most recent games, Calhoun has scored 76 points and gone an absurd 18-of-28 (64.3 percent) from long range. On the year, the guard is shooting 58.9 percent from the field and 60.7 percent from 3-point land to go along with 5.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists a game.
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