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Badger Bits: Wisconsin doesn't allow opponents to shoot many threes

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There are plenty of reasons the Badgers have had success year in and year out on defense. They always play at an extremely deliberate pace (slowest in the nation this season). They're coached well. They're fundamentally sound. They move their feet well. They don't foul. The list goes on and on.

But Ken Pomeroy has identified another, perhaps even more significant reason the Badgers defense has been so stingy. From season to season, Wisconsin's opponents don't shoot a lot of threes (Insider account required), which obviously has a significant impact on the amount of points they score.


As KenPom explains, basketball teams don't have a lot of control of how well opponents shoot threes. In fact, there's a higher correlation from season-to-season basis on opponents' free throw percentage than three-point percentage. I know, that hardly sounds believable, but the point is, the best way to limit the amount of points your opponents score from beyond the arc is to limit their attempts.

And the Badgers, perhaps unsurprisingly, are very, very good at that. Though Minnesota was forced to jack up 17 threes to make a comeback at the end of the Badgers' 68-61 win Thursday, Wisconsin's last three opponents shot only seven, eight and 10 threes, echoing KenPom's statistics.

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