Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Where UW is leading the Pac-12
By Joe Kaiser
In his Tuesday Truths story at BasketballProspectus.com today, John Gasaway goes through six conferences and lists how each team currently stacks up in terms of their points per possession, their opponents' points per possession and the margin between the two.
While it's still very early in conference play, somewhat shockingly Washington leads the Pac-12 with an efficiency margin of +0.13 (1.03 PPP and 0.90 opponent's PPP). UCLA is second (+0.11), Oregon third (+0.10) and Arizona and Arizona State are tied for fourth (+0.06).
After a poor start to the season, UW rattled off three road wins to start conference play for the first time in 101 years, and in doing so they also won at both Stanford and Cal for the first time since the 1985 season. A shortened rotation, slower pace and the improved play of seniors C.J. Wilcox and Aziz N'Diaye have all done wonders for the Huskies so far, and they'll have the chance to stay undefeated in conference with home games against Colorado and Utah this week.