All college basketball teams are unique, but some are more unique than others. If we could quantify uniqueness (don’t tempt me), Wisconsin would certainly be near the top.
The Badgers, darlings of the tempo-free community for years, are not only the slowest team in the country on a possessions-per-game basis; they are No. 1 in turnover percentage. But the number that really jumps out is their free-throw shooting. Wisconsin shoots an ungodly 81.8 percent from the line as a team. That is the best percentage of 2011 by a wide margin—and the best percentage of the past decade.
But free-throw percentage is only part of it. Wisconsin attempts merely 26.79 free throws per 100 possessions, good for 297th in Division I. While the Badgers might be extremely good at finishing off opponents from the free-throw line, they do not get there often over the course of the game….