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SEC Free Throw Attempts At Home Versus Away

With so much talk about officiating today, we felt it was a good time to examine which SEC schools shoot the most free throws at home and on the road.  In other words: Who seems to get the biggest boost from playing in their own arena?

We’ve tallied up all of the free throw attempts from SEC game played so far this season.  From there, we breakdown the foul shot totals in a number of categories for you.

First are the current free throw numbers for each team in the conference through last night’s action.  These are total free throw attempts in league games only (and there have been 55 SEC games played so far):


School
SEC FT Attempts/Game
Total Free Throw Attempts
Vanderbilt (17-6, 5-4)
26.2
236
Arkansas (14-9, 4-6)
24.6
246
Georgia (16-7, 5-4)
22.3
201
Kentucky (17-6, 5-4)
20.5
185
Florida (19-5, 8-2)
20.1
201
Alabama (15-8, 7-2)
20.0
180
Miss. State (13-10, 5-4)
19.3
174
Auburn (8-15, 1-8)
18.8
170
Ole Miss (16-8, 4-5)
17.6
159
S. Carolina (13-9, 4-5)
17.4
157
LSU (10-14, 2-7)
17.0
153
Tennessee (15-9, 5-4)
15.3
138



In the 55 SEC games played so far, the home team has averaged 21.38 free throw attempts per game while the road team has averaged just 18.61 foul shots. 

With those averages in mind, below are the SEC schools ranked by the average number of free throw attempts they take in home games:


School
SEC FT Attempts/Home Game
Vanderbilt
28.2
Arkansas
27.2
Georgia
25.8
Kentucky
21.7
Miss. State
20.8
LSU
20.2
Ole Miss
20.0
Florida
19.8
S. Carolina
19.0
Alabama
18.5
Auburn (tie)
16.2
Tennessee (tie)
16.2



Granted, a lot of factors play into these numbers, not just intimidated officials.  Style of play obviously has an influence.  Also, whether or not a team plays close games — in which opponents might be forced to intentionally foul down the stretch — might also inflate the numbers.

Now let’s look at which schools attempt the most foul shots on the road.  Again, we’re looking at SEC games only:


School
SEC FT Attempts/Road Game
Vanderbilt
23.7
Arkansas
22.0
Alabama
21.2
Auburn
21.0
Florida
20.4
Kentucky
19.6
Georgia
18.0
Miss. State
17.5
S. Carolina
15.5
Ole Miss
14.7
Tennessee
14.6
LSU
14.4

 

Finally, let’s compare the two previous categories and see which schools get the biggest free throw attempts bounce from playing at home.  Below you’ll see the difference between home FT attempts and road FT attempts for each school.  This should give us a clue as to which SEC gyms are providing the best homecourt advantage (officials-wise) this season:


School
Avg. Home FT Att.
Avg. Road FT Att.
Difference At Home
Georgia
25.8
18.0
+7.8
LSU
20.2
14.4
+5.8
Ole Miss
20.0
14.7
+5.3
Arkansas
27.2
22.0
+5.2
Vanderbilt
28.2
23.7
+4.5
S. Carolina
19.0
15.5
+3.5
Miss. State
20.8
17.5
+3.3
Kentucky
21.7
19.6
+2.1
Tennessee
16.2
14.6
+1.6
Florida
19.8
20.4
-0.6
Alabama
18.5
21.2
-2.7
Auburn
16.2
21.0
-4.8



Observations:

* Betcha expected to see Kentucky as the school on top of the homecourt bounce chart.  Not so.  In fact, the Cats shoot just 2.1 more free throws at home (on average) than they do on the road and that’s below the SEC average bounce of +2.7.

* The four teams who get the biggest boost in FT attempts from playing at home (Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and Arkansas) are a combined 15-22 in SEC play.

* Overall Vanderbilt is the team that earns the most trips to the charity stripe… both on the road and at home.

* Only three teams shoot more free throws in road games than home games — Auburn, Alabama and Florida.  Auburn is the worst team in the league (1-8) while Alabama (7-2) and Florida (8-2) lead their divisions.  Go figure.

 


2 comments
manu1433
manu1433

how the hell is vandy getting to the line so much?

Who Dat
Who Dat

Another way to look at this is, look how bad the other 9 teams are getting shafted on the road. Food for thought.

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