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Friday, February 15, 2013
Stats in the Paint: Weekend Outlook

By ESPN Stats & Information


Getty Images/Jamie SquireBen McLemore has soared at home this season.

Let’s get you warmed up for the "College GameDay" road show (live Saturday from Allen Fieldhouse at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN) by taking a look at some notes and nuggets from our college hoops advanced-stats research team (a group we call the “Stats in the Paint” team).

Top games
Texas at Kansas , 9 p.m. ET

Kansas Stat to Watch: Points in the Paint
Kansas has not been outscored in the paint during a conference game this season.

The Jayhawks are outscoring their opponents by an average of 12 points per game in the paint in Big 12 play, the best paint differential for any Big Six school in conference games.

One reason why is Kansas averages more blocks per game in the paint than its opponents average assists.

Kansas outscored Texas 28-24 in the paint during its 64-59 win at Texas on Jan. 19. It was Kansas’ lowest paint differential in a conference game this season.

Texas Stat to Watch: Halfcourt D
Texas ranks best in the nation at defending opponents in halfcourt. Longhorns opponents are shooting only 33.5 percent from the floor in those situations.

The Longhorns mix in a zone at a rate of about once for every six opponents' possessions. It works. Opponents are shooting only 29 percent against the Longhorns' zone defense.

Star Watch: Ben McLemore, Kansas
Ben McLemore is averaging 18.3 points per game in conference games this season, the most in the Big 12.

McLemore is averaging 24.2 points per game at home in conference and 13.3 points on the road.

One difference has been his jump shot.

He is shooting better than 50 percent on field goals attempted from 10 feet or further at home, and less than 30 percent on the road

(16) Pittsburgh at (18)
Marquette
, 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh Stat To Watch: Second-Chance Conversions
Pittsburgh rebounds 42 percent of its missed shots, best in the Big East and fourth best in the nation.

The Panthers are averaging 13.3 second-chance points per game, third-most in the Big East.

Oklahoma at (17) Oklahoma State, 1:30 ET
Oklahoma State Stat to Watch: Transition Points
Oklahoma State scored seven transition points in its 77-68 loss to Oklahoma on Jan. 12, its fewest transition points in any Big 12 game this season.

Since losing to Baylor on Jan. 21, the Cowboys are averaging 15.0 transition points per game, and have improved their transition efficiency.

Question of the Week: Does defense win championships?
Seven of the past eight Men’s Basketball Championship winners have ranked in the top six in the nation in offensive efficiency, with Connecticut in 2010-11 being the exception.

Only Kansas in 2007-2008 finished in the top 10 in defensive efficiency.

But the Jayhawks also rated as the second-best offensive team.

Kentucky won the national title last season ranked fourth in the nation in offensive efficiency, 15th in defensive efficiency.

The chart on the right shows the past eight champs, with their offensive and defensive efficiency national ranks.