Most interior-oriented teams

Breaking down programs teams that have thrived on frontcourt play in 2013-14

Updated: February 5, 2014, 12:36 PM ET
By John Gasaway | ESPN Insider

PittsburghAP Photo/Michael ConroyPittsburgh's Talib Zanna and Lamar Patterson help form one of the nation's top frontcourt duos.

I know it's difficult to fathom, but we're just 40 days away from Selection Sunday. With so little time remaining, the NCAA tournament field -- minus a few bubble teams here and there, naturally -- will now solidify rather quickly.

And it's these tournament teams that interest me. Last week I looked at the most perimeter-oriented offenses from this group of likely tournament teams. (Creighton, Duke, Iowa State -- the usual suspects.) Now I want to shift the focus to the paint and look at the most interior-oriented teams currently being projected as making the field of 68. Will these offenses have an advantage because they're less subject to the whims of outside shooting? Or is their interior-orientation just one stylistic marker among many?

Let's look at these teams, from most to least interior-oriented.

(Note that, as with last week's story on perimeter-oriented teams, these percentages for shot attempts are taken from conference play, because season-to-date numbers can be influenced by a coach's nonconference scheduling preferences).


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