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First Season Comparison: Travis Ford vs. Brad Underwood

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On Tuesday’s podcast, Kyle and Carson discussed some of the similarities between the first seasons of Travis Ford and Brad Underwood. They are many, but there are also a few key differences. Let’s take a closer look.

Key Inherited Players

Ford: Eaton, Anderson, Harris, Muonelo, Moses, Page (Keiton was a freshman but was a Sutton recruit)

Underwood: Evans, Carroll, Forte, Hammonds, Solomon

Storylines

Ford: After a frustrating career, Eaton finally develops into a nice point guard; finished 3rd-team all Big 12. Anderson begins to become a star; finished 2nd-team all Big 12. Newcomer Keiton Page splashes onto the scene with a 39.9 percent shooting percentage from 3 – one of four 37%+ shooters on the team (Anderson, Page, Muonelo, Harris). Ford takes the Cowboys to first winning conference record and NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005.

Underwood: Immediately beloved by Cowboy fans, Underwood packs the house for 4 games (WVU, Arkansas, OU, Kansas). Beats UConn, Georgetown, and Wichita State in the non-conference schedule, then goes on 6 game slide to start conference play. Wins 8 out of next 9 games (including non-conference win over Arkansas) with 4 games to go. Jawun Evans leads extremely efficient offense with key contributors Carroll and Forte. Solomon begins to develop, underclassmen Dillard, Waters, Averette show promise.

Win/Loss Records

Ford: 20-10 through the regular season (9-7 in conference play), finished 23-12

Underwood: Currently 18-9 (7-7)

Conference Finish

Ford: 4-way tie for 4th, 7 seed in the Big 12 Tournament in OKC

Underwood: Currently all alone in 5th place

Postseason

Ford: 2-1 in the Big 12 Tournament, 1-1 in the NCAA Tournament (No. 8 seed, win over No. 9 Tennessee)

Underwood: TBD, currently projected as a 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament

KenPom Stats

Ford: 26th overall, 11th in offense, 89th in defense

Underwood: 20th overall, 2nd in offense, 143rd in defense

KenPom Top 100 record

Ford: 12-12

Underwood: 11-9 so far, 4 more to go in the regular season alone

Biggest Win

Ford: won 71-70 over KenPom No. 7 Oklahoma (Blake Griffin) at the Big 12 Tournament in OKC.

Underwood: won 82-75 over KenPom No. 3 West Virginia in Morgantown

Tempo

Ford: 72.1 possessions/game (35th fastest in the country)

Underwood: 70.8 (73rd)

Statistical Outliers

Ford: Great offense (11th), few turnovers (15th), good shooting (20th in eFG%, 25th in 3P%), didn’t use bench (316th in bench minutes), poor defense (9th in conference play)

Underwood: Excellent offense (2nd), great offensive rebounding (6th), solid shooting (44th in eFG%, 7th in 3P%), uses bench (83rd in bench minutes), poor defense (last in conference play)

Result

Ford: Raise to $1.8 million in 2009 (the same salary as Mike Gundy at the time), making him the 3rd-highest paid coach in the Big 12. 10-year contract extension. Mike Holder: “We consider Travis a rising star in the coaching profession and look forward to his leadership for many years to come.”

Underwood: TBD

NCAA Tournament Wins in 1st season

Ford: 1

Underwood: TBD

NCAA Tournament Wins after 1st season

Ford: 0

Underwood: TBD

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