Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Sunday, January 04, 2004

B is for boulder


I suppose a boulder is the ideal control feature. Boulders are distinct in the terrain; but also small, requiring some careful navigation to find. The black dot symbol for a boulder on an O' map represents the feature quite well.

I've recycled a photo from a few months ago of a boulder on a French O' map. Mary jogs past a boulder at Fontainebleau. If you haven't been to that forest, you might be surprised to find out that the boulder in the photo is considered a "small" boulder.

B could also be for basketball...

Except, I try to write about orienteering each day and I can't see an easy way to work orienteering in a post about basketball.

For any serious basketball fanatics, here is some data from two of the last KU games. The data covers the first half of the KU-Binghampton game and the last 26 minutes of the KU-Villanova game.

The table has three columns. Exch shows exchanges between offensive players. So, if Aaron Miles brings up the ball and takes a shot, the column shows 0. If he makes a pass to Wayne Simien who takes a shot, the column shows 1. Poss shows the number of times that Kansas used the associated number of exchanges before something happened. Something could be a shot (made or missed), a turnover, a foul, and so on. Pts shows the number of points Kansas scored during those corresponding possessions.

Exch. Poss. Pts.
0 30 26
1 21 18
2 15 16
3 13 14
4 2 0
5 8 7
6 5 5
7 5 5
8 1 3
9 1 0
10 1 0

So what? Well, there isn't really much to say. Kansas tended to do a bit better per possession when they made two or three exchanges than when they made 0 or 1 exchange. But, I haven't collected enough data to draw any conclusions (this is really only 45 minutes of information).

posted by Michael | 2:34 PM


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