Hogs and Zebras: How do the Foul and Free Throw Numbers Stack Up?

March 5, 2018

by Chase Gage

 

 

JONESBORO, Ark — There has been much criticism of the officiating across the SEC this season. Arkansas fans, in particular, feel that their team is being unfairly officiated.

How do the Hogs stack up to the competition in terms of fouls and free throws?

Out of the 14 SEC teams, Arkansas comes in on top in terms of personal fouls for the season. In fact, out of 351 Division 1 basketball teams, the Hogs are in the top 40 in personal fouls with 20.5 per game.

In terms of free throw attempts, the Hogs fare much better as they sit at fifth in the conference with only South Carolina, Auburn and Kentucky getting to the stripe more often.

These numbers don’t tell the whole story, though.

I will never blame officiating for a win or a loss because, at the end of the day, the players must overcome any obstacles they face to achieve greatness. Some teams just face more obstacles than others.

The following is a table of fouls per game ranked from least to most in the NCAA. It is broken down into total fouls, fouls at home and fouls on the road:

National Rank Team Fouls Per Game Total Home Away
51 Georgia 16.4 15.3 17.4
70 Texas A&M 16.6 15.5 17.9
90 Miss State 17.0 15.5 19.5
104 Florida 17.1 16.3 18.1
145 Missouri 17.7 15.7 19.7
166 LSU 17.9 15.5 20.9
229 Ole Miss 18.8 18.1 19.8
237 Alabama 18.9 17.5 20.4
242 Kentucky 19.0 18.0 20.4
267 Tennessee 19.6 17.8 21.4
270 Auburn 19.7 17.9 21.5
285 Vanderbilt 19.9 18.7 21.5
292 South Carolina 20.0 19.6 20.3
315 Arkansas 20.5 20.4 20.5

Next, we have a breakdown of each SEC game for Arkansas and how many fouls and free throws they and their opponent committed and attempted. When differentiating between home and away games and wins and losses, the differences are staggering.

Note: If you’re reading on your phone, turn it to landscape orientation (sideways) to get the full table. The mobile version cuts off half of the numbers.


  Fouls   FT Attempts  
Game Arkansas Opponent Arkansas Opponent
Tennessee 20 27 33 26
@ Miss State 26 11 12 40
@ Auburn 17 16 19 21
LSU 20 17 20 19
Mizzou 20 22 25 14
@ Florida 19 16 15 22
Ole Miss 21 24 35 29
@ Georgia 22 15 14 26
@ Texas A&M 22 13 13 25
@ LSU 19 19 24 23
South Carolina 11 23 29 20
Vanderbilt 22 17 16 29
@ Ole Miss 22 21 27 31
Texas A&M 25 17 22 35
Kentucky 19 19 18 20
Alabama 20 15 21 27
Auburn 20 25 30 34
@ Mizzou 26 17 15 33
         
TOTAL 371 (+37) 334 388 (-86) 474
         
HOME 178 (-13) 191 228 (+2) 226
         
AWAY 193 (+50) 143 160 (-88) 248
         
WINS 203 (-3) 206 252 (-19) 271
         
LOSSES 168 (+40) 128 136 (-67) 203

Draw your own conclusions.

For the Hogs to win in the postseason, this issue must be addressed. Not many games in March are won when your opponent earns more points from the charity stripe.

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