Out of the Big Ten right now, no one is finding more success than Purdue and especially Dakota Mathias. Despite two early losses, Purdue has won four straight contests and will find themselves back in the Associated Press Top-25 for this week with big wins over Louisville and Maryland. The main reason they have found early on success is that Dakota Mathias is having a career senior season and cannot be contained by the opposing teams.
Dakota Mathias right now with the advanced metrics and stats is the best all-around player in the conference without a doubt. Many of the advanced metrics really stand out for Mathias and how he’s found success for the Boilermakers.
The 22-year old is averaging 15.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game in 31.3 minutes per contest. Everything listed marks a new career-high for Mathias who is having arguably one of the best seasons in all the Big Ten.
Going Inside the Advanced Metrics
Mathias right now has an effective field goal percentage of 71.5% which is the best in the Big Ten conference. Additionally, he has a true shooting percentage of 73.9% which is ranked second out of all the Big Ten and first among starters. He even has the fifth best points per shot among starters, at 1.7. On top of the great shooting numbers, Mathias is also fining all kinds of success on offense in general. Mathias has a 146.8 offensive rating which ranks second out of all the Big Ten and first among starters. Additionally, Dakota Mathias has a defensive rating of 94.3 which ranks in the Top-20 among starters that is still very strong.
Not only are the number for Mathias on shooting and offense superior to the rest of the Big Ten, they blow his previous season’s numbers out of proportion. Mathias was only averaging 9.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.1 blocks per contest during his Junior season. Additionally, Mathias only posted a true shooting percentage of 63.4% and effective field goal percentage of 61.4%.
The numbers don’t lie, Mathias has really grown up and is playing the best basketball of his career leading Purdue to an 8-2 record to start the 2017-18 season. It should be fun over the course of the season how Mathias keeps up with all the stats he has improved vastly. I’m sure he will enjoy his senior season more than any other one.