The official Twitter account of Illinois basketball – run by associate athletic director Derrick Burson – seems to be trying to make a point with this Tweet:
Burson was joined by other Illini faithful who were outraged or at least perplexed by the free-throw differential.
For example, Chief Illiniwek – forced to retire and now posting on comment boards late into the night – wrote at Reddit, “Wait, what’s that? 42 free throws attempted versus 15? THAT’S STRANGE!”
But might the disparity in foul calls be the result of a significantly more active – not to mention better – Indiana team?
You know, kinda like in this game?
If you don’t want to follow the link, it is the box score from the Illinois-Indiana game on Jan. 9, 2010 in Bloomington. It includes these tidbits:
- Indiana was whistled for 28 fouls. Illinois? 17.
- Indiana took 18 free throws. Illinois? 39.
Why? Because Indiana, well, sucked.
The Illini were significantly better than Indiana, an overmatched team that was forced to foul at basically every turn – giving Illinois a 2.18 to 1 free-throw attempt advantage.
You know, kinda like Illinois on Thursday. When they weren’t committing silly fouls 43 feet from the basket, they were fouling Victor Oladipo, Christian Watford and Cody Zeller as they drove to the hoop – giving Indiana a 2.8 to 1 free-throw attempt advantage.
So, accounting for home cooking – a real phenomenon, no doubt – let’s call it even, shall we?