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Stat Of The Night: Wisconsin Leads All Sweet Sixteen Teams In Second Half Point Differential

It’s not about how you start but how you finish. That is especially true in the NCAA Tournament. Usually, the teams that can find a way to play better in the second half have the best chance at advancing deep into the tournament. So, I compared the second half point differentials of each team in the Sweet Sixteen and got some very interesting results.

One thing is clear, Wisconsin really knows how to dominate a second half in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Check out the data.

The Sweet Sixteen’s Second Half Point Differential From Worst To Best:

16. 11-seed Dayton: 27-29, 35-35 = -2
15. 4-seed Michigan State: 49-45, 35-40 = -1
13. (TIE) 4-seed San Diego State: 41-49, 33-21 = +4
13. (TIE) 2-seed Michigan: 23-20, 36-35 = +4
11. (TIE) 11-seed Tennessee: 45-45, 41-36 = +5
11. (TIE) 10-seed Stanford: 26-26, 38-35 = +5
9. (TIE) 1-seed Arizona: 36-39, 37-27 = +7
9. (TIE) 4-seed Louisville: 36-35, 41-35 = +7
8. 8-seed Kentucky: 27-26, 47-39 = +9
6. (TIE) 3-seed Iowa State: 48-36, 45-46 = +11
6. (TIE) 6-seed Baylor: 45-44, 45-35 = +11
5. 1-seed Florida: 33-27, 34-23 = +17
3. (TIE) 4-seed UCLA: 41-29, 35-28 = +19
3. (TIE) 1-seed Virginia: 40-24, 43-40 = +19
2. 7-seed Connecticut: 54-41, 52-41 = +24
1. 2-seed Wisconsin: 43-13, 48-28 = +50


I don’t think anyone would have guessed that Michigan State would have a negative second half point differential after two games in the NCAA Tournament. Likewise, I’m sure not many would have predicted that Wisconsin would have more than double the point differential as the next closest team still dancing.

The Badgers outscored 15-American 43-13 in the second half of their first tournament game. Impressive. But, they had an even bigger second half against 7-seed Oregon, in a furious comeback victory. Such a thrilling game. Can the Badgers keep up their pace of phenomenal second halves agains the 6-seed Baylor Bears?

Lets hope this trend continues tonight!


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