2022 NCAA Tournament: 5 Best Offensive Teams In March Madness
2022 March Madness: 5 Best Offensive Teams In the Nation
In the NCAA Tournament, it's always a good thing to have a reliable offense. When I say reliable, I mean a team that can pass accurately, limits turnovers, shoots at a high percentage, win the rebounding battle and of course, hit free throws. If a team can do those factors on the offensive end at a high level, that team is an elite offense and a top offense in the nation.
Here are my top five teams that made the NCAA Tournament and fit the script.
5 Best Offensive Teams In the Nation
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the best offense in the nation. Is it fair to say this knowing Gonzaga has played in the WCC for most of the season? We'll find out. But analytics believe it. Gonzaga is shooting an effective field goal percentage of 59.4% while shooting 37.9% from three and 60.9% from inside the arc. That's absolutely wild, especially knowing that the Bulldogs only turn the ball over 15.9% of the time and move at the quickest pace in college basketball at 14.5 seconds per possession.
The Iowa Hawkeyes proved how valuable a good offense is in the Big 10 Tournament. The Hawkeyes won the Big 10 Tournament with skilled offense all around. Iowa is shooting an effective field goal percentage of 53.6% while only turning the ball over 12.9% of the time. On top of that, the Hawkeyes are grabbing 32.2% offensive rebounds and shooting 36.8% from three and 52.6% from inside the arc. Unfortunately, Iowa's defense won't be good enough to win the NCAA Tournament, but overall, the offense should help them sneak by in the first few rounds.
The Purdue Boilermakers struggled against Iowa in the Big 10 Finals on the offensive end. But they'll be back. Purdue has shot an effective field goal percentage of 57% while shooting 39.1% from deep and 55.9% from inside the arc. Also, Purdue dominates the offensive glass, earning 35.2% of offensive rebounds while getting to the line at a very high rate. Again, just like Iowa, Purdue won't make it far enough because of a suspect defense, but overall, Purdue's offense will carry them deeper in the NCAA Tournament.
The Kentucky Wildcats aren't the best shooting team in the nation but are one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the country. The Wildcats are earning 37.8% of offensive rebounds while shooting above average from the field, hitting 34.9% from three and 53.7% from inside the arc this season. Kentucky's defense is much better than those Big 10 teams and can compete a little bit more to help Kentucky reach the Final Four and potentially beyond. Watch out for Kentucky!
Arizona's my favorite to win the NCAA Championship. Arizona is shooting an effective field goal percentage of 55.9% while hitting 35.4% from downtown and 57.5% from inside the arc. This team also leads the nation in assists and dominates the offensive glass with 34.5% offensive rebounds. On top of that, Arizona has a knack for getting to the line. Arizona does all of this while using 15 seconds per possession on the offensive end this year. It's impressive.
Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.