It has been a while, but not with Wisconsin sitting at 11-0 I thought it might be a good time to once again look at some advanced stats as it pertains to the Badgers.
Here’s the key to the chart below:
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PPP = points per possession (by formula; I have not rounded up or down); OPP PPP = opponent points per possession; eFG% = effective field goal %; OR% = offensive rebounding percentage; DR% = defensive rebounding percentage; TO% = turnover percentage (per possession)
As you can see, other than a few early games, Wisconsin isn’t really getting a lot of possessions, but the Badgers are making the most of them with a high efficiency (i.e. good points per possession). In fact, UW ranks 38th in the nation in PPP at 1.117. UW’s defensive efficiency is just 61st in the nation, although a still at a very respectable 0.943 (for some context, last year UW was at 1.018 offensively and 0.877 defensively).
Wisconsin’s effective FG% is up from last year – 53.7% this year compared to 48.6% in 2012-13 – which certainly has been a key factor to the hot start.
Meanwhile, turnovers, as usual, have been minimal. Wisconsin ranks ninth in the nation in turnover percentage at 13.5% (15.3% last season).
Low turnover, high effective shooting and making the most out of each possession. Not hard to see a formula for winning there.
If there’s one bugaboo for the Badgers, it has been rebounding. While it has gotten better, Wisconsin still ranks 219th in offensive rebounding percentage – i.e. the number of rebounds off Wisconsin’s missed shots it gets – at 27.6%.
However, the Badgers are 17th in the nation at defensive rebounding percentage at 77.6%, which kind of shockingly (based on a bigger team last year) is higher than its rate in 2012-13 of 76.4%.