We have all seen the putrid officiating that has hurt Kentucky and the SEC this season and have pondered the question, “How bad are SEC officials compared to the rest of the country?”
Turns out, we’re not exaggerating, it’s the worse in the Country.
There are more SEC teams averaging 18 or more fouls per game and 19.7 or more free throws per game than any other conference in the country, and nearly double than the next Power Five Conference.
This has hurt the product of SEC basketball and hurt the teams when it comes to tournament seeding or even making the tournament at all.
The NET ranking, unveiled last year, is the tool that the NCAA Selection Committee uses to choose and seed teams in the NCAA tournament.
The second biggest factor of the NET, is net efficiency, which can by calculated by the formula below.
A team’s offensive efficiency = points / [field goal attempts – offensive rebounds + turnovers +(.475 * free throw attempts)
SEC officiating has dampened the net efficiency of SEC teams, making the conference look worse as a whole and hurting each team come Selection Sunday.
For example, the Big Ten, is a conference that is likely to get 8-10 teams in the tournament, averages 33.6 free throws per contest. I’m comparison to the SEC, which averages 46.2 free throws per contest. THATS BAD.
It’s not to say that the SEC isn’t having a down year nor is deserving of having 8 teams in the tournament. However, it’s a down year for all of college basketball, and SEC officiating sure isn’t doing the conference any favors.
As of the latest ESPN Bracketology, only four SEC teams are projected in the tournament: Kentucky, Auburn, LSU, and Florida.
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