Is Le’Bryan Nash good against top 25 teams?

Written by Kyle Porter
Photo Attribution: US Presswire

Photo Attribution: US Presswire

Le’Bryan Nash is an issue right now — I think we’re all aware of that. It seemed to me like one of the problems is that he was playing really well against the Tennessee Techs of the world and not so well against the Gonzagas and Kansas’.

Enter OKC Dave.

I commissioned him to do some research for me the other day about how Le’Bryan performs against teams grouped in various rankings.

All these stats came before the Texas Tech and Baylor games. Rankings are via

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Eff is efficiency as described here.

As I thought, he’s been horrendous against top 25 teams. Truly just awful.

On the flip side, he’s been pretty good against teams ranked between 26-50 and cleaned up against garbage teams.

  • Dylan

    So you are saying he is inconsistent? Nice to have some numbers to back that up, but no real shocker to anyone who has watched him play a few games. Also, it would help to give some sort of scale on the “Eff”. The PER has some examples in the link.

  • Rad Kern

    What is Ford’s efficiency rating? That’s the issue. A halfway decent coach would get Nash to play with at least a shred of enthusiasm. I too had really high hopes for hoops this season, but I’ve now seen enough to expect us to miss the dance…again. This probable outcome is made much more frustrating by the fact that I believe our talent level should finish no worse than 3rd in the Big 12 this year….but we’ll probably finish 7th or so thanks to a bad coach. I’ve given TF the benefit of the doubt the last couple of years and I’m not typically one to call for a coach’s job, but he’s just not the right guy for the Cowboys….he’s proving that with every road loss. Hey, remember when it used to be a big deal to beat us in basketball?

    • I concur. Let’s face it. We caught NC State on a bad night and haven’t won a meaningful game since. He has been outcoached nearly every game. It’s getting hard to watch.

  • At what point do you start looking at another ranking/stats system? We have been in the top 20 KenPom on nearly every post. We can all see that we are not that good.

    • Schultzy

      KenPom is by far the best system for college basketball.

    • The jury is still out. I am disappointed as well but the last four losses were all 50/50 games. Would have been nice to pick up a couple wins, but it’s not the end of the world. KenPom has us losing 3 or 4 more games…we’ll find out soon enough if he’s right or wrong.

      • Thanks. I don’t know much about the numbers/rankings side of it. Keep these types of posts coming!