What increased ‘pace of play’ meant for hoops this season

Late last spring the NCAA announced a rules change and renewed focus for game officials to improve what it called “pace of play.”

In essence, changes were made to bring about what the NCAA hoped would be a greater advantage for the offense.

There were times at the beginning of the season when I thought games were going to last 2 1-2 hours on average.

Eventually officials and players both settled into the new order.

I’m not sure the new order is better. I’m OK with defense and fundamentals and don’t believe they need to be penalized.

Anyway, here’s a look at how free throw attempts and offense played out in 2016 compared to 2015. There will still be some slight adjustment of the numbers after this season’s tournament games.

Kentucky attempted 943 free throws last year, but it also played at least three more than everyone else in the conference. The Cats are at 777 free throws right now and unlikely to match last year’s attempts.

On the whole, SEC teams for the 2015 season shot an average of 723.9 free throws. The average for 2016 is currently 750.6.

Scoring did increase a little. Five SEC teams averaged at least 70 points last season. Twelve averaged at least 70 this season.

 

Free throw attempts 2015

Kentucky 943

Auburn 910

Georgia 826

Arkansas 819

Vanderbilt 764

Alabama 752

MSU 727

Ole Miss 723

LSU 658

A&M 676

South Carolina 673

Missouri 560

Florida 553

Tennessee 551

 

Free Throw Attempts 2016

South Carolina 861

LSU 856

Florida 815

Ole Miss 791

Georgia 783

Kentucky 777

A&M 755

Arkansas 748

Auburn 747

Vanderbilt 721

Tennessee 721

Alabama 697

Missouri 688

MSU 549

 

Scoring in 2015

Arkansas 77.4

Kentucky 74.4

LSU 73.4

Ole Miss 72.8

Vanderbilt 70.6

Georgia 68.2

Auburn 67.9

A&M 67.8

Alabama 67.1

South Carolina 65.0

Florida 63.7

Tennessee 63.3

MSU 61.8

Missouri 60.5

 

Scoring in 2016

Kentucky 79.7

LSU 78.8

Arkansas 78.2

Vanderbilt 76.8

A&M 75.9

South Carolina 75.9

Ole Miss 75.2

Tennessee 75.1

MSU 74.9

Florida 73.6

Auburn 70.7

Georgia 70.1

Missouri 68.6

Alabama 66.8

 

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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