Well this is awkward. The results for this week’s confidence polls are in, but they were finalized before Alabama dropped an entire year’s worth of three pointers on LSU’s heads Tuesday night. You, our readers, were feeling more confident going into the Alabama game.
Still, there’s a lot to like about where the LSU men’s basketball program is heading. The Tigers are 10-3 overall and 5-2 in conference, currently good for second place. Will Wade: American Gangster, has elevated LSU into one of the top teams in a blossoming SEC and that needs to be appreciated.
LSU just concluded three straight games inside the PMAC and will now be on the road in three of its next four games. LSU goes to Kentucky later today, plays Texas A&M in College Station on Tuesday and has to go to Alabama next Wednesday.
But does home court advantage even exist this year? A majority of readers say no.
The data backs this thinking up. Home teams are only winning 58 percent of games according to KenPom, the lowest amount since 1996-97 when the stat was tracked.
Even the most hallowed of arenas aren’t immune. Kansas suffered the worst home loss in the Bill Self era, 18 years, as did Kentucky under John Calipari, 11 years. Talented teams are able to walk into normally hostile environments and get out with a win.
Here’s hoping the trend works in LSU’s favor.