Lead your league in scoring offense and you’ll likely lead the standings, too

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Maybe, offense does win championships. The old axiom is that defense wins.

Miami and Oklahoma City have the best records (both are 26-7) in the NBA this season. Those teams rank first and third, respectively, in league scoring.

The top five scoring offense averages in college men’s basketball belong to Iona, North Carolina, Belmont, LIU Brooklyn and UNC-Asheville.

The Gaels lead the MAAC at 13-3; the Tar Heels lead the ACC at 11-2; the Bruins lead the Atlantic Sun at 14-2; the Blackbirds lead the Northeast Conference at 14-2; and the Bulldogs lead the Big South at 14-2.

Iowa State does not lead the Big 12 in scoring offense. Kansas, which leads the league standings, is second in scoring (by two-tenths). The Cyclones, however, are one of four schools averaging more than 70 points in conference play. That quartet also includes the only teams with 10 or more conference wins to date.

The beauty of Iowa State’s offense is its balance. Six players are scoring more than 8.4 points per game. All six – Royce White, Scott Christopherson, Chris Babb, Chris Allen, Melvin Ejim and Tyrus McGee – have led the team in scoring this season.

As fans, it’s ok to scream “defense” when the opponent has the ball. But, don’t fall asleep on offense. It appears there is a direct link between scoring and winning, too.

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at: twitter.com/SteveMalchow

 

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