Halftime Adjustments in NCAA Tournament

In the NCAA tournament, teams face unfamiliar opponents outside of conference familiarity. Often times, teams struggle in the first half. But for some teams, the coaching adjustments prove to be the difference.

The chart below shows first half scoring margin (blue) vs. second half margin less first half margin (red). For instance, on average Tom Izzo find himself down by 4 points at halftime and then outscores the opponent by 13 in the second half. Red = (13-4) – 4

DATA: last 5 years; minimum three games; take out first round results (sub-par competition)


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