Visualizing the 2014 Sweet 16

Posted by on March 26, 2014

Even with Duke and Creighton getting knocked out last weekend, the tournament still features plenty of one dimensional teams. Michigan, Wisconsin, and Baylor are all strong on offense and (relatively) weak on defense. San Diego State is strong on defense and weak on offense.
 
Take a look at this Sweet 16 efficiency visulization (all numbers from kenpom.com):
 
Efficieny Differential
 
Extremely dominant two-way teams simply don’t exist in this year’s tournament. Notice the difference between this year’s graph and the 2013 Sweet 16.
 
I also took a look at the most used players remaining in the Sweet 16. Russ Smith leads all players in usage for the second straight year, while Xavier Thames is the most efficient of the go-to guys:
 
High Usage Players
 

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