The NCAA tournament is finally here and by now you’re starting to rethink your bracket. You may want to choose a different 12 seed to beat a 5 or you'd like to switch one of your elite 8 matchups.
You want to switch your pick, but you just don’t have any facts to back up the late change!
Look no further…
DribbleHandoff has officially released Tournament Central – the home of advanced tournament analytics featuring Team Shot Charts, ShotQ (shot quality), Player Splits, and much more,
Plus, 10 stats that you need to perfect your bracket using insights from Tournament Central.
1. Virginia attempts the highest percentage of non-paint 2s of any team in the Tournament. No team seeded 2-10 in the South bracket is in the top 10 in defensive shooting percentage on non-paint shots. Only Cincinnati (12th) is in the top 20.
2. Texas Tech guard, Keenan Evans, leads all NCAA tournament players in PPG difference in wins vs losses – he’s averaging 19.9 PPG in wins compared to just 10.4 PPG in losses. Texas Tech is 18-2 when Evans scores 15+ or more points, while just 6-6 when he fails to reach this mark.
3. Since Feb 1, only two players on NCAA tournament teams averaged 20+ PPG with an eFG% over 65% - Villanova’s Mikal Bridges and College of Charleston’s Grant Riller.
4. Kansas ranks 240th in offensive JumpShotQ and 216th in defensive JumpShotQ – a metric that measures shot quality on jump shots. Their first round opponent, Penn, ranks 3rd and 4th, respectively.
5. Despite the early season success from 3, Oklahoma freshman, Trae Young, has the lowest 3P% among NCAA Tournament players who have attempted at least 5 3PA/G since Feb 1 – Young shot 25.5% from beyond the arc.
6. Villanova’s defense has the 8th worst shooting percentage defending the corner 3 and 15th worst defending the paint. Purdue, the 2 seed in the East, has the 2nd highest shooting percentage from the corner 3 and the 8th highest shooting percentage in the paint.
7. Only two teams rank in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive ShotQ (shot quality) – Michigan State and Gonzaga.
8 and 9. Dominant Bigs – 1 Post Player & 2 Stretch Players – Since Feb 1, only 3 players have averaged 20+ PPG and 9+ RPG. Arizona Center, DeAndre Ayton, averaged 21.5 PPG, 13.2 RPG, and 2.2 BPG.
Mike Daum of South Dakota State, who I wrote about earlier in the season, and Peyton Aldridge are the only other players over 20 and 9. Both of them are over 24 PPG in this span, while shooting 44+% from 3.
10. #1 Seed in the West, Xavier, has the 4th worst defensive shooting percentage in the paint. #3 Michigan, #4 Gonzaga, and #5 Ohio State all boast top 12 shooting percentages inside the lane. I pointed out a few weeks ago, opponents are scoring with ease inside (69% on 2s) when Kanter is on the court for Xavier.