A Closer Look: Tempo-Free
|Conference games only through 2/3/08|
PPP: points per possession
Opp. PPP: opponent points per possession
EM: efficiency margin (PPP - Opp. PPP)
These stats are taken from Big Ten Conference games only. Looking at conference only games should give a better measure of a team's abilities since (although not perfect), those games are against like opponents and consist of an equal amount of home and road games.
Ohio State actually jumped into 2nd in efficiency margin despite their weekend loss at Iowa. The Buckeyes defense has been solid all conference season long, specifically along the perimeter. Iowa's Justin Johnson found some holes in the OSU zone and hit on 8 of his 13 three-point shots in Saturday's Hawkeye win. Take away Johnson's hot hand, and the rest of the Hawkeyes were held to just 3 of 12 from three-point range and 8 of 19 on their two-point shots. Keeping in mind that the Buckeyes get Wisconsin, Michigan State and Purdue all at home in the second half of the conference season, Ohio State is definately going to be a major player in the Big Ten Title Race.