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Is scoring in college basketball way down this year? I thought it was just the B1G but I keep turning on the TV and seeing games in the 30s with like 8 mins left.
Cincinnati/South Florida today's example: tied at 37-37 with under 7 to play.
I think it's just the Big East and Big Ten, personally. That's who we see the most of it seems.
I just watched the first half of the Indiana/Minnesota game and to be brutally honest I'm not sure if the Minnesota players were A. running an actual offensive set or B. if some of the players were running a different set than the others. Seriously, aside from a few screens, and some screen the screener stuff they wouldn't doing anything else, that was it.
At one point there were three players on one side of the floor passing the ball between themselves while the other two were at the top of the key off to the right standing side by side...just standing there.
I point this out for two reasons, first this same team beat Indiana at Indiana earlier this year and secondly I'm embarassed that UK lost to a team that Minnesota beat.
"Kentucky Football needs to be and will be a championship contender in the SEC."~Mitch Barnhart 11/4/12
Here are the average pace, efficiency, and therefore, scoring for the last 5 seasons.
Scoring = Pace x Efficiency
It's not just you. Read an article earlier this season detailing why scores are low and cited teams like Wisconsin and Virginia's style of play as a major cause. The article lobbied for a shorter shot clock to increase the number of possessions and prevent coaches from controlling the game more than talent.
Prof's stats suggest it's not a new thing, but the college game has been suffering for the last few years. It's just not a very good product right now when you get beyond the top teams nationally. To me, it boils down to skill level (losing so many guys early to NBA) and what the officials have allowed the game to evolve into from a physical standpoint. Watch a game from 25 years ago. It's almost unrecognizable to the monstrosity we have now.
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Can you pull the averages out for just BCS and then by conference?
I have noticed the same thing Chris has and wonder if the non-BCS teams are skewing the averages in this case.
I think shortening the shot clock would only make the game worse...
What I'd like to see is the end of the charge call. I think that is the single good thing they could do for the sport outside of changing NBA entry rules which they don't control.
Here is a tabulation for this season. Go to Pomeroy and mine the archives if you want to see previous years in this detail.
It's a track meet today in Big Ten action. Ohio State and Wisconsin both have 40+ points with 12 minutes to play. Shocking.
shot clock to 24
Keep it same as NBA, same thing for 3 point range.
Bruce pearl was talking about this on Nashville sports talk the other day.
He was commenting how defense has caught up with the offenses for the most part.
Agreed.....and outside of watching UK, my interest in watching college basketball has fallen off the planet. I tried watching some of the UaVel - Pitt game and caught some of the tO$U game, and both were excruciating to watch....good point about the officiating as well:
**KU vs Missouri.....Robinson clotheslines the Missou player on the last shot of regulation with no foul call.
**Syracuse vs UConn.....The Cuse mugs the UConn player on the last shot attempt with no call.
**UaVel vs Pitt.....UaVel player basically slams into (and knocks him to the floor in the process) a Pitt player who is going for a dunk, and is credited with a blocked shot.
It's been calls like this one after another all year long, and all across the country.
When you have old guard guys like Pitino with teams scoring 50 points it's a slow year. Current trends remind me of the early-mid '80s.
I think the officiating is the X factor for UK in the tourney. What happens if they run into a crew that has one of those "inexplicable" days. I don't like it when people say refs cost them a game (there are always other factors) but we've seen so many poorly officiated games this year that it has to concern you in a one-and-done format.
I think part of it has to do with all the great coaches today turning into DEFENSE 1st head coaches it seems. When a guy like Pitino is now playing games in the 50's consistently thats telling.
His teams are playing like that because he lacks talent and it's the trend. He'd be better off getting some shooters and pressing like hell. Problem for him is he doesn't have a consistent outside shooter, Kuric hasn't even been consistent this year. So his best chance to win is to slow the game down and limit possessions.
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