Duke is Silver Spooned U.
We hear it every season from fans across the country of college basketball and sports fans in general, “Duke gets all of the calls.”
Let’s look at the sample size from the past three seasons between Flop U. and the Cats. Later we’ll look at some other top programs.
During the past three seasons, Duke has a amassed a whopping 645 more free throws than Kentucky.
When talking heads hear the complaints about “Duke getting all of the calls”, they often say it’s a style of play that dictates such lopsided numbers. They often say Duke “drives to the bucket more”, so, they “absorb more contact.”
Well, when you shoot 3’s, you aren’t driving. So, let’s look at those numbers.
Duke shoots an astonishing 400 MORE 3 pointers than Kentucky, yet amasses 645 MORE ft’s during the past three seasons.
Kentucky is known for the “dribble drive offense”, the numbers above illustrate this point, yet, the outcome is grossly lopsided in favor of Duke.
Does Duke play so differently that these numbers can be justified? Do they play a style so extremely different that these numbers can be explained away as a “style of play” issue?
Or is it simply, “Duke gets all of the calls”, as fans from across the nation has said for decades.
OK, so that it’s not just some UK fan ranting. Let’s look at some other numbers.
North Carolina ft’s: 2556
UNC with a 242 ft advantage compared to the 772 advantage of Duke
UNC shot 1997 3’s during that three season time frame, 408 fewer than Duke
Kansas ft’s: 2239
Kansas had a 290 ft advantage compared to the 772 ft advantage of Duke
Michigan State’s opponents shot 226 MORE than Michigan State during that time frame
Wichita State had a ft advantage of 191 during the past 3 seasons
Louisville had a 44 ft advantage
Villanova is the closest to Duke of the top programs with a 568 ft advantage during this time frame
This isn’t about Kentucky, this is about the nation. No one gets the ft advantage of Duke, and it’s not even close.
What is the moral of the story? Is it that flopping DOES pay off? Is it that wearing a certain jersey truly dictates when and how many times the whistle is blown?
It’s become part of the college season from coast to coast to say, “Duke gets all of the calls”.
Well, the numbers above point to the reality that there’s more to this than just crazy college fans hating on Duke. It looks like there’s actually something to it…
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