College Basketball’s Top Shooting Teams



FairwayJay explains how evaluating the top shooting teams can help gamblers make better betting decisions down the final stretch towards March Madness.

Isolating Each Conference’s Top Shooting Teams

I recently provided college basketball information on defensive dominators and undefeated home teams. Now we turn to the top shooting teams in each conference which includes many of the top scoring teams. I also included teams that are favorites to reach the NCAA Tournament from smaller conferences. This late season guide can assist you during March Madness and when evaluating match-ups in post season play.

The race to conference titles and post season positioning is in the home stretch and final weeks of the regular season. There is so much to evaluate and analyze when reviewing teams stats, performances, power ratings and point spreads. I spend endless hours studying stats, evaluating situations and understanding motivation, letdown, second meets, revenge, home court, coaching strengths and weaknesses along with injury and suspension updates. The pursuit of profit never ends when evaluating the fundamental match-ups and evaluation of players, teams and situations noted. 

College basketball offensive stats and betting adviceAs you continue to evaluate offensive and defensive stats and try to interpret the data and project performance, be sure you evaluate current form, but also understand the impact of such on the adjusted betting line. Also, review strength of schedule and know that teams in the major conferences usually play a stronger schedule and the stats must be considered in that regard. I often reference conference only stats when isolating conference match-ups, and look at current form and injuries.

At this time of year near Valentine’s Day and moving forward, there is more love and attention paid to the attractive, highly-ranked hotties than the hard-trying ugly underdog, and the linesmaker knows which you prefer. Thus, the price to pay is often not worth the risk. However, the shot clock reduction in recent seasons has benefited the stronger, more athletic and often higher-scoring teams. Still, look at the weekly upsets and even the more recent undefeated home teams that lost as a favorite at home and you'll see the competitive nature of college basketball in conference play. 

Below are the top shooting teams in many of the conferences – and others that are in position and favorites to win their conference tournament and make the NCAA Tournament. I’ve outlined FG% as a primary stat and also included 3-point shooting, scoring and adjusted offensive efficiency rankings from Kenpom. Hopefully this will assist you and save you time when evaluating and researching information and match-ups.

Best wishes as you shoot for more birdies and green on the hardwood and may most your shots find the net!

Overall stats through February 17, 2019

Conference Team FG% 3-pt FG % Scoring Adj Off Eff
American-AAC Houston 44.1 35.3 75.4 34
American-AAC Cincinnati 44.6 35.7 74.1 37
American-AAC Central Fla (UCF) 46.8 34.9 73.6 55
American East Vermont 45.2 35.4 73.6 61
Atlantic 10 Dayton 50.3 33.1 73.8 39
Atlantic 10 Davidson 44.6 35.3 70.6 112
Atlantic 10 VCU 43.7 30.1 70.8 202
Atlantic Sun Liberty 48.2 37.2 72.7 52
Atlantic Sun Lipscomb 48.1 37.1 83.1 63
ACC Duke 48.6 31.3 86.4 3
ACC Virginia Tech 48.6 41.8 75.4 9
ACC North Carolina 47.5 38.2 87.5 7
ACC Virginia 47.4 40.1 72.1 5
ACC Clemson 46.3 32.4 69.6 71
ACC NC State 47.2 36.6 81.6 33
ACC Louisville 45.2 36.3 77.4 20
ACC Florida State 45.2 33.7 77.2 28
Big 12 Iowa State 48.2 36.9 78.9 10
Big 12 Texas Tech 46.7 35.7 35.7 65
Big 12 Kansas 47.2 36.1 76.9 27
Big 12 Baylor 44.8 33.9 71.8 30
Big 12 Kansas State 43.1 33.1 65.8 107
Big 12 Texas 43.8 33.1 71.7 32
Big East Marquette 46.4 39.6 79.1 23
Big East St. John's 45.9 36.9 79.3 53
Big East Villanova 45.1 36.2 75.8 11
Big East Seton Hall 45.3 33.8 74.1 68
Big Ten Michigan State 48.9 38.6 80.6 6
Big Ten Iowa 47.4 38.1 81.2 8
Big Ten Maryland 46.2 36.2 33.7 22
Big Ten Purdue 45.2 37.8 77.8 4
Big Ten Michigan 45.1 34.3 70.4 35
Big Ten Wisconsin 46.7 39.1 70.1 36
Big Ten Minnesota 44.2 32.1 72.6 47
Big Sky Montana 48.4 37.9 77.1 116
Big West Cal Irvine 44.1 36.1 70.5 174
Colonial Hofstra 48.8 39.1 82.5 18
Conf. USA Southern Miss 45.7 38.2 38.2 146
Horizon Northern Kentucky 47.5 36.4 77.8 59
Ivy Yale 49.1 36.9 80.6 90
MAC Buffalo 46.1 33.8 84.6 26
MAC Toledo 45.1 37.1 78.1 73
MAC Bowling Green 44.5 37.6 78.5 103
Missouri Valley Drake 46.9 36.1 74.7 126
Missouri Valley Loyola-Chicago 49.1 36.7 66.1 126
Mountain West Utah State 47.9 36.7 78.7 43
Mountain West Nevada 47.1 34.4 82.5 19
Ohio Valley Belmont 49.1 36.4 86.1 24
Ohio Valley Murray State 48.1 34.6 80.9 51
Patriot Bucknell 44.9 34.2 76.3 140
Patriot Lehigh 49.2 44.2 80.6 62
Pac 12 Washington 46.3 35.1 71.7 81
Pac 12 Utah 47.4 37.8 76.6 21
Pac 12 Oregon State 47.1 32.3 74.1 54
Pac 12 Arizona State 44.8 34.2 79.4 67
SEC Tennessee 50.8 36.3 84.7 2
SEC Kentucky 47.7 35.3 78.7 14
SEC Mississippi State 47.3 37.2 78.5 17
SEC LSU 47.2 32.7 82.9 12
SEC Ole Miss 47.9 36.8 77.1 29
SEC Auburn 45.2 37.9 80.8 15
Southern Wofford 48.3 41.9 81.2 13
Summit South Dakota State 50.4 41.9 84.5 45
Sun Belt Georgia Southern 49.1 33.7 80.4 97
Sun Belt Texas State 45.4 35.1 72.7 167
West Coast Gonzaga 52.8 37.1 90.2 1

 

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