Glancing over the conference-only stats, the offensive numbers are astronomical in the Big East. I can’t tell if the offenses are that good or if the defense was lacking. For instance, only one team St. John’s in the Big East managed to hold opponents under 50% in deuces in BE play. St. John’s was the only other top 30 defense besides Villanova in the BE, as opposed to 7 from the SEC.
Nova averaged over 62% in deuces in BE play. I know Nova is an outstanding team. They may even win the NC, but AVERAGE 62% in conference? Duke has two potential NBA post starters on their frontline surrounded by quality shooters, and they only managed 54% on deuces in the ACC. Only 5 teams in the ACC gave up over 50% in deuces in ACC play. Same as the SEC. Nova barely shot 50% against Tennessee in a game in which they won the line 33-12.
The BE has some guys that can really shoot the rock, but it doesn’t look like they see much interior defense during the season.