Originally posted on Inside the Hall  |  Last updated 4/3/13
There’s been plenty of conversation in the days following Indiana’s loss to Syracuse on just what went wrong. Some blamed the coaching. Poor preparation against the zone, they said. Others blamed the players. After all, the coaching staff wasn’t out there missing all those shots and turning the ball over. The Hoosiers were bested by a lengthy, athletic team playing a terrific zone they’d never seen before. They admitted to overthinking things on the court — which only compounded the problem. Yet, a closer inspection of Indiana’s numbers reveal this: Its offense, the most efficient in the nation heading into the tournament, was nothing more than average, if that, in the month of March. A look: Month OPPP DPPP eFG% 3p% Avg. Possessions November (7 games) 1.265 .816 58.0 41.2 70.4 December (7 games) 1.214 .864 57.0 41.7 73.7 January (7 games) 1.162 .948 55.2 44.3 65.4 February (7 games) 1.185 1.018 56.6 43.4 64.9 March (8 games) 1.029 .981 47.6 31.5 64.4 March (minus J...
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