Points Distribution

How a team gets its points can be broken down into 3 areas:

  1. Free throws: total points on made free throws

  2. 2-Point shots: total points on made 2-point shots

  3. 3-Point shots: total points on made 3-point shots

This breakdown describes the style of a team and its strengths. Each category can be used to assess a team's offensive and defensive point distribution.

Offensive Point Distribution

This section shares examples of a team's offensive distribution of points in these 3 categories.

Free Throws

FT = FTM / TP * 100

Texas Southern scored 25.3% of its points from the free throw line in the 2016-2017 season to lead all Division-I teams.

Texas Southern scored 656 of its 2593 points from the foul line.

FT = 656 / 2593 * 100 = 25.3

UCLA, a 3-seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, was 349th in the country gathering 14.2% of its points from the free throw line in the same season.

2-Point Shots

2P = 2P / TP * 100

59.4% of New Orleans' points came from 2-point shots in the 2016-2017 season. That's good for 3rd amongst all Division-I teams.

New Orleans made 691 2-point shots, good for 1382 points out of its 2311 total points.

2P = 1382 / 2311 * 100 = 59.4%

In contrast, the 2016-2017 Vanderbilt team scored 37.7% of its points from 2-point shots. That's 348th in the country in the same season.

3-Point Shots

3P = 3P / TP * 100

It's no surprise the same Vanderbilt team scored 41.7% of its points from behind the 3-point line in the 2016-2017 season. This percentage was 6th amongst all teams.

The Commodores made 921 3-points shots or scored 1,038 points of its 2,489 total points from 3-point land.

3P = 1038 / 2489 * 100 = 41.7%

And also not surprising, the same New Orleans team got only 17.4% of its points from the 3-point shot.

Think of it as a pie chart, if a team is low in one area of point distribution, it will be high in another area.

Defensive Point Distribution

This section shares examples of a team's defensive distribution of points in these 3 categories.

Free Throws

FT = Opp. FT / TP * 100

South Carolina's opponents scored 26.1% of their points from the free throw line in the 2016-2017 season. This percentage was 5th in the nation.

Gamecocks' opponents scored 628 of its 2414 points from the foul line.

FT = 628 / 2414 * 100 = 26.1

Villanova's opponents scored 13.9% of its points from the free throw line. This was 351st amongst all Division-I teams.

Villanova didn't put its opponents on the foul line while South Carolina fouled its opponents early and often.

2-Point Shots

2P = 2P / TP * 100

Duke's opponents scored 59.6% of their points from 2-point shots in the 2016-2017 season. That's good for 4th amongst all Division-I teams.

Duke's opponents made 772 2-point shots, good for 1544 points out of their total 2597 points.

2P = 1544 / 2597 * 100 = 59.6%

As a comparison, SMU's opponents scored 44.1% of their points from 2-point shots. That's 335th in the country during the same year.

3-Point Shots

3P = 3P / TP * 100

The same SMU team allowed opponents to score 40.3% of their points from behind the 3-point line in the 2016-2017 season. This was tops in the country in 2016-2017.

SMU's opponents scored 846 of their 2100 total points from 3-point shots.

3P = 846 / 2100 * 100 = 40.3%

In contrast, the same Duke team allowed its opponents to score just 21.6% of their points from 3-point shots. That was 349th in the nation.

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