The best offenses in men’s college basketball, 2019-20

Traditional/KenPom Stats

Instead of the above Synergy formula, which is:

POSS = FGA + (.475*FTA) + OREB + TO

We are going with Ken Pomeroy’s possessions formula, which is:

POSS = FGA + (.475*FTA) – OREB + TO

So that explains the difference. By Ken’s metric, here were the 25 best offenses of the 2019-20 college basketball season.

25. Bellarmine Knights (Louisville, KY): 1.167 PPP

  • OREB%: 27.8%
  • TO%: 18%
  • Shot Volume: 109.8
  • FTA/FGA: 33.9%

24. Westmont Warriors (Santa Barbara, CA): 1.168 PPP

  • OREB%: 29.4%
  • TO%: 16.7%
  • Shot Volume: 112.7
  • FTA/FGA: 29.1%

23. Indiana Crimson Hawks (Indiana, PA): 1.169 PPP

  • OREB%: 34.9%
  • TO%: 18.8%
  • Shot Volume: 116.2
  • FTA/FGA: 33.9%

22. Charleston Golden Eagles (Charleston, WV): 1.173 PPP

  • OREB%: 32.5%
  • TO%: 19.3%
  • Shot Volume: 113.2
  • FTA/FGA: 33.2%

21. Walsh Cavaliers (North Canton, OH): 1.181 PPP

  • OREB%: 26.2%
  • TO%: 14.9%
  • Shot Volume: 111.4
  • FTA/FGA: 24.5%

20. Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters (Harrogate, TN): 1.181 PPP

  • OREB%: 22.2%
  • TO%: 16.3%
  • Shot Volume: 105.9
  • FTA/FGA: 31.6%

19. Pomona-Pitzer Saghens (Claremont, CA): 1.186 PPP

  • OREB%: 35.2%
  • TO%: 17.1%
  • Shot Volume: 118.1
  • FTA/FGA: 33%

18. Azusa Pacific Cougars (Azusa, CA): 1.186 PPP

  • OREB%: 37.6%
  • TO%: 18.2%
  • Shot Volume: 119.4
  • FTA/FGA: 30.1%

17. Missouri Southern State Lions (Joplin, MO): 1.191 PPP

  • OREB%: 31.6%
  • TO%: 16.2%
  • Shot Volume: 115.4
  • FTA/FGA: 31.2%

16. Georgetown College Tigers (Georgetown, KY): 1.194 PPP

  • OREB%: 34.9%
  • TO%: 15%
  • Shot Volume: 119.9
  • FTA/FGA: 28.3%

15. Lewis-Clark State Warriors (Lewiston, ID): 1.197 PPP

  • OREB%: 29.7%
  • TO%: 16.9%
  • Shot Volume: 112.8
  • FTA/FGA: 30.4%

14. Morningside College Mustangs (Sioux City, IA): 1.197 PPP

  • OREB%: 29.1%
  • TO%: 15.9%
  • Shot Volume: 113.2
  • FTA/FGA: 32.1%

13. Mount Union Raiders (Alliance, OH): 1.197 PPP

  • OREB%: 30.6%
  • TO%: 15.3%
  • Shot Volume: 115.2
  • FTA/FGA: 31.6%

12. Oregon Tech Hustlin’ Owls (Klamath Falls, OR): 1.198 PPP

  • OREB%: 36.6%
  • TO%: 18%
  • Shot Volume: 118.6
  • FTA/FGA: 35.1%

11. Gonzaga Bulldogs (Spokane, WA): 1.201 PPP

  • OREB%: 33.6%
  • TO%: 15.3%
  • Shot Volume: 118.3
  • FTA/FGA: 38.8%

10. UC San Diego Tritons (San Diego, CA): 1.201 PPP

  • OREB%: 22.4%
  • TO%: 14.5%
  • Shot Volume: 107.9
  • FTA/FGA: 26.4%

9. Embry-Riddle Eagles (Daytona Beach, FL): 1.205 PPP

  • OREB%: 38.2%
  • TO%: 17.5%
  • Shot Volume: 120.8
  • FTA/FGA: 25.5%

8. Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats (Marion, IN): 1.212 PPP

  • OREB%: 33.4%
  • TO%: 15.9%
  • Shot Volume: 117.5
  • FTA/FGA: 25.3%

7. Olivet Nazarene Tigers (Bourbonnais, IL): 1.213 PPP

  • OREB%: 30%
  • TO%: 14.7%
  • Shot Volume: 115.2
  • FTA/FGA: 28.1%

6. Marian Knights (Indianapolis, IN): 1.216 PPP

  • OREB%: 32.7%
  • TO%: 16%
  • Shot Volume: 116.8
  • FTA/FGA: 30.5%

5. St. John’s Johnnies (St. Joseph, MN): 1.216 PPP

  • OREB%: 34.3%
  • TO%: 15.5%
  • Shot Volume: 118.7
  • FTA/FGA: 33.6%

4. Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Wolves (Lincoln, NE): 1.218 PPP

  • OREB%: 33%
  • TO%: 15.7%
  • Shot Volume: 117.2
  • FTA/FGA: 31.7%

3. Nova Southeastern Sharks (Ft. Lauderdale, FL): 1.249 PPP

  • OREB%: 36.5%
  • TO%: 16%
  • Shot Volume: 120.5
  • FTA/FGA: 27.9%

2. West Liberty Hilltoppers (West Liberty, WV): 1.264 PPP

  • OREB%: 37%
  • TO%: 14.1%
  • Shot Volume: 122.9
  • FTA/FGA: 26.9%

1. Northwest Missouri State Bearcats (Maryville, MO): 1.282 PPP

  • OREB%: 27.6%
  • TO%: 14.4%
  • Shot Volume: 113.2
  • FTA/FGA: 31.5%

Half-Court Only

For my friends in Camas, Washington.

25. Charleston Golden Eagles (Charleston, WV): 1.017 PPP

24. Wittenberg Tigers (Springfield, OH): 1.018 PPP

23. Colorado Mesa Mavericks (Grand Junction, CO): 1.018 PPP

22. Indianapolis Greyhounds (Indianapolis, IN): 1.021 PPP

21. Fort Lewis Skyhawks (Durango, CO): 1.022 PPP

20. St. John’s Johnnies (St. Joseph, MN): 1.025 PPP

19. Mount Union Raiders (Alliance, OH): 1.025 PPP

18. Michigan Tech Huskies (Houghton, MI): 1.029 PPP

17. Seattle Pacific Falcons (Seattle, WA): 1.03 PPP

16. Gonzaga Bulldogs (Spokane, WA): 1.032 PPP

15. Brigham Young Cougars (Provo, UT): 1.032 PPP

14. Jefferson University Rams (Philadelphia, PA): 1.037 PPP

13. Western Oregon Wolves (Monmouth, OR): 1.039 PPP

12. West Liberty Hilltoppers (West Liberty, WV): 1.046 PPP

11. Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats (Marion, IN): 1.047 PPP

10. Marian Knights (Indianapolis, IN): 1.049 PPP

9. Briar Cliff Chargers (Sioux City, IA): 1.049 PPP

8. Olivet Nazarene Tigers (Bourbonnais, IL): 1.051 PPP

7. St. Thomas Tommies (St. Paul, MN): 1.054 PPP

6. Lewis-Clark State Warriors (Lewiston, ID): 1.054 PPP

5. Morningside College Mustangs (Sioux City, IA): 1.055 PPP

4. Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters (Harrogate, TN): 1.072 PPP

3. UC San Diego Tritons (San Diego, CA): 1.08 PPP

2. Nova Southeastern Sharks (Ft. Lauderdale, FL): 1.082 PPP

1. Northwest Missouri State Bearcats (Maryville, MO): 1.13 PPP

If you’d like any further numbers, please reach out to statsbywill@gmail.com. I’ll be creating more content from these numbers over the coming months.

Women’s basketball fans! The women’s top 25 ranking will come out on Monday, March 23 and will contain the same analysis as this post. 🙂

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