Scoring and fouls per game increase
April, 11, 2014
By ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
Getty Images, AP PhotoCoaches didn't always agree with referees interpreting block-charge calls differently.
Referees were instructed to interpret block-charge calls differently, while cracking down on defensive hand-checking. The theory went that this would help increase scoring after a season that saw the lowest nation-wide scoring average since 1981-82.
So how did it work out?
Scoring up, possessions down
Scoring increased by more than five percent this season compared to last, despite the fact that teams averaged about one fewer possession per game.
One of the reasons for the rise in scoring could be the increased trips to the charity stripe.
Free throw attempts per game increased by nearly 14 percent this season compared to last.
Overall the percentage of points from field goals decreased by 2.3 percentage points compared to last season, while scoring from free throws increased by nearly nine percentage points.
The NCAA Tournament was a bit different, however. Scoring during the tournament was down by more than six percent compared to November and December of this season.
During the tournament, teams averaged 3.5 fewer free throw attempts per game than during the first two months of the season.
But when comparing this season's NCAA Tournament to last year, the trend was consistent with the regular season.
Scoring during the tournament this season was up nearly four percent compared to last season. Again, this occurred despite the fact that teams averaged more than two fewer possessions per game.