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January 19, 2007 at 12:47 PM

Defense the key Saturday

I’ve always found college basketball statistics to be incredibly misleading because of the number of early-season mismatches that result in all kinds of skewed numbers.
The best way to truly gauge how teams are doing, in my opinion, is to compare their numbers in conference games against what are, obviously, like opponents.
UW and WSU have each played six Pac-10 games heading into Saturday’s showdown in Pullman. Obviously, that’s not a huge sample size, but large enough to reveal a few things, especially considering the schools have played the same six opponents in the same six settings.
And the biggest statistical difference between the teams is field-goal percentage defense — WSU has allowed teams to shoot just 41.3 percent in Pac-10 play while the Huskies are allowing 49.3. Interestingly, for the Cougars, that number is almost the same as the overall number for the season of 41.0. But for UW, it’s a huge decrease from the overall number of 44.1 percent, leading credence to the theory that the Huskies weren’t quite ready for facing a steady stream of solid competition once Pac-10 play hit.
Some other differences in the teams’ stats are more a function of differences in style of play than anything else — namely, the fact that UW is scoring 75 points per game and WSU 67.
One number that bodes well for the Huskies is the fact that UW is shooting 44.7 percent on three-pointers in the six Pac-10 games while the Cougars are at 33.3. A similar difference Saturday would obviously help Washington’s chances greatly.
The other big difference is rebounding, though that also isn’t a surprise given the way the two play — WSU has been outrebounded 35.2-30.8 while UW is outrebounding teams 34.2 to 32.2.
Here’s one other interesting differnece that might speak well to the fate of the teams — UW has been whistled for 119 fouls in its six Pac-10 games to 101 for its opponents, while WSU has been called for just 94 fouls compared to 98 for its opponents.
That’s the reason, obviously, that UW’s opponents have attempted 133 free throws while the Huskies have tried 97, while WSU has attempted 101 compared to 91 for its opponents.

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