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    Defensive efficiency gap home vs. away

    This blew me away. Look at the difference between the two. There is a wide margin between how effective we are defensively at home vs. on the road. The majority of the "better" teams around the country are more consistent on the road. We are among the best at home and borderline terrible on the road. Baffling.

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    Re: Defensive efficiency gap home vs. away

    Turnovers=Easy buckets.

    We are really good at turnovers on the road.



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    Re: Defensive efficiency gap home vs. away

    OBVIOUSLY the great Hilton crowd motivates the team to play hard on D at home; it's up to Mr. Hoiberg to figure out how to motivate the team on the road. He's paid very well to do so. It's on the players too but not all have the mental toughness and assertiveness to bring it in a not-so-friendly environment. Personally I take way more satisfaction beating someone in their own crib!



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    Re: Defensive efficiency gap home vs. away

    I agree that the turnovers really skew those numbers, but the point totals in our road losses to OSU, KSU and KU don't lie.



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    Re: Defensive efficiency gap home vs. away

    I thought the turnover excuse was a bit of a red herring, so I looked it up.

    Our turnover rate is 17% at home, 21/8% on the road.

    uff-da.


    Also, how did I not know about that website? That is a stat geek's wet dream.



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    Re: Defensive efficiency gap home vs. away

    Quote Originally Posted by bawbie View Post
    I thought the turnover excuse was a bit of a red herring, so I looked it up.

    Our turnover rate is 17% at home, 21/8% on the road.

    uff-da.


    Also, how did I not know about that website? That is a stat geek's wet dream.
    Something dramatic is happening defensively when we go on the road. Is it effort? Do the officials screw us? Obamacare to blame? Total fluke?

    Whatever it is, if we were anywhere close to the margin difference of many other NCAA Tournament teams we'd be undefeated in the B12 and the games would not have been close.

    This is killing us in road games. We're more than good enough offensively. Our rebounding is decent. We defend extremely well at Hilton according to the numbers.



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    Re: Defensive efficiency gap home vs. away

    Quote Originally Posted by CurvedAir View Post
    This is killing us in road games. We're more than good enough offensively. Our rebounding is decent. We defend extremely well at Hilton according to the numbers.
    ISU is also getting about 5 fewer rebounds per game on the road. That doesn't seem like much but when you consider that 2 of ISU's 4 conference road losses have been by one possession (in regulation), 5 more possessions would be huge.


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    Re: Defensive efficiency gap home vs. away

    We've also played some very quality teams on the road. Not sure if neutral games are in there (UNLV/Cinnci), but Iowa, KU, OSU, KSU is a much tougher slate than we've played at home this far



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    Re: Defensive efficiency gap home vs. away

    Quote Originally Posted by acgclone View Post
    We've also played some very quality teams on the road. Not sure if neutral games are in there (UNLV/Cinnci), but Iowa, KU, OSU, KSU is a much tougher slate than we've played at home this far
    KU has been brutal offensively at home (and in road games) and KSU has struggled to score. They've won with their defense for the most part. I haven't followed Iowa so I'm not sure how good they are offensively. OSU is solid. We know how bad TCU and TT are. This team has just not been that good defensively away from Hilton. Hopefully we get back down to that .900 number tonight that we consistently hit at home.



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    Re: Defensive efficiency gap home vs. away

    Quote Originally Posted by CurvedAir View Post
    KU has been brutal offensively at home (and in road games) and KSU has struggled to score. They've won with their defense for the most part. I haven't followed Iowa so I'm not sure how good they are offensively. OSU is solid. We know how bad TCU and TT are. This team has just not been that good defensively away from Hilton. Hopefully we get back down to that .900 number tonight that we consistently hit at home.
    I'm not saying they aren't playing poor defense on the road, however we have played some horrible teams in Hilton (particularly in non-conference) that have skewed that average



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    Re: Defensive efficiency gap home vs. away

    Quote Originally Posted by acgclone View Post
    I'm not saying they aren't playing poor defense on the road, however we have played some horrible teams in Hilton (particularly in non-conference) that have skewed that average
    That's a good point. What caught my attention initially was our disparity between home and away vs. other NCAA tourney teams. Maybe our home schedule has just been that weak compared to these other schools.



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    Re: Defensive efficiency gap home vs. away

    Also keep in mind that playing a team twice in one season can make a sweep tough. Especialy when we play them first at home and second on the road.*


    *see Kansas State


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