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Thursday, March 18, 2010

State's Improved Defense Yielding Victories

If it seems like State's played much better defensively during this stretch of improved play, you'd be right.

Since the start of March, the Pack has held the effective field goal percentage of all its opponents to 48.1% and below, and as you can see in the chart below, those numbers have been trending downward.

Compare those numbers against those put up during the seven-game ACC losing streak:

State gave up eFG%s greater than 55% in four games during that stretch, with none less than 45%.

It's tough to beat teams when you're operating in an eFG% deficit. By improving their effectiveness on the defensive end, they are making it much easier to stay on the positive side of the ledger, leading to an improved conclusion to the season.

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