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Why pace matters in college hoops

By Adam Burke  ( 

December 7, 2021 08:59 PM

A lot of early-season questions have been answered in college basketball. But as conference play kicks into gear, adjustments will be needed.

There will be a lot more familiarity between coaches and players. While coaches are always prepping and scheming, some nonconference opponents just don’t get as much attention as others. In conference play, every game matters.

Still, there are some nonconference games left, not to mention holiday tournaments. Isolating the teams to back and those to fade can help narrow your focus during the busy holiday season, plus shed some light on indicators of positive or negative regression.

Before we get into that, let’s talk about one of my favorite college basketball topics.


There are 358 Division I teams and all of them do things differently. One of those differences is tempo. Some of my favorite handicaps are games in which you have a team that plays fast against one that plays slow. The odds can tell us a lot about those games and so can past results, particularly in conference play.

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