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|Rondale Livas and Grambling State are averaging 43.6 points per game this season, and have topped 50 just twice in nine games.|
Turns out, the hunch was true. At least to this point. We're at 42 games with less than 40 points scored by one team involved. And the number of teams cracking the 90-point barrier is down, too. (Chart below.)
And as of this week, college basketball is on pace to have its worst offensive year since 1982 (when, like this year, it was 67.6 points per game). In fact, there remains the possibility 2011-12 could be the most anemic year on the scoreboard since 1952, when free throw rules altered the sport forever. Check page 44 of the NCAA's record book to see how points per game bobbed from 63.3 in '52 to 69.1 in '53, never to drop down again. And that was without a 3-point line, which was more than two decades away.
So far this year, college basketball is averaging 1.5 fewer points per game than it was in 1953. Doesn't that seem extraordinarily bizarre to you?