Breaking down early college hoops

By Steve Makinen  ( 

November 23, 2021 08:11 PM
The college basketball season just opened a couple of weeks ago, but the tip-off was loaded with storylines, including many surprising results. In the first few days alone, several of the nation’s top teams lost, including Illinois and Virginia. The competition level and quality of games has been outstanding and has led to highly ranked teams like Villanova and Michigan already suffering multiple defeats. Still, many teams that were expected to be powers have fulfilled that role, with Gonzaga and UCLA — who squared off in a massive game Tuesday night — as well as Purdue and Duke getting off to great starts.
Home-Court Performance
Having come off a season that essentially went without fans, how teams fare on their home courts with fans in the stands this season will be a huge storyline. Let’s look at some of the early home-court numbers and compare them with last season at about this time:
Average Line/Score of Non-Neutral Games in first weeks of 2020-21 season:
Home favored by 13.62 points, Avg. Score — Home 79.83, Road 65.21, Margin + 14.62
Average Line/Score of Non-Neutral Games in first weeks of 2021-22 season:
Home favored by 11.59 points, Avg. Score — Home 76.3, Road 64.1, Margin + 12.2
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