February 15, 2013 - by Matt Woods
As of February 15th, 2013, Indiana and Florida lead the nation in average scoring margin with +21.7 and +21.3, respectively. The next closest team is Pittsburgh with +16.6. To put those numbers in perspective, the last team to have a higher average scoring margin at this point of the season was 2001 Duke (+22.6).
Below is the list of teams since 2000 that have had an average scoring margin better than +20 on February 15th of a given season. Just missing the cut were 2012 Kentucky (+19.9) and 2009 North Carolina (+19.8) – both national champions.
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|Year||Team||Average Scoring Margin||NCAA Tournament Seed||NCAA Tournament Finish|
|2007||North Carolina||+21.1||1||Elite 8|
The last time two teams had scoring margins better than +20 at this point of the season was 2008, and Kansas and Memphis went on to meet for the national title. Also of note, the two lowest seeded teams on this list both exceeded expectations, as 4th-seeded Louisville made the Final Four, and 7th-seeded Tulsa made the Elite Eight.
While obviously there’s quite a bit of unpredictability in a single elimination tournament, what is clear is that to this point in the season the Gators and Hoosiers stand with elite company.
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