(a) coaches know more about what their in-conference opponents will run
(b) the players know more about their opposition because they play against each other twice a year
(c) the home court advantage is more defined because fans are more energetic against conference opponents.
The question that I was looking to answers when I went to break down the statistics was whether or not that was the case for the Fighting Illini this season. The media is saying that the Fighting Illini have been able to run through the Big Ten Conference because the conference is down. How has a "down Big Ten conference" affected the Illini's statistics?
OVERALL TEAM STATISTICS
Note: The numbers highlighted in red indicate a change in a negative direction. So the Defensive Efficiency going up (which means Illinois is allowing more points per 100 possessions), is highlighted in red.
|Offensive Rebounding Percentage||36.69%||34.35%||2.34%|
|Defensive Rebounding Percentage||67.27%||69.67%||2.40%|
Note: The numbers highlighted in red indicate a change in a negative direction. So turnovers going up, is highlighted in red, while a decrease in turnovers is highlighted in black.
|Roger Powell, Jr.||14.38||23.70||11.63||0.04||0.50||0.43||0.88||1.94||0.22|