I’ve heard some complaints resonate throughout the GT Basketball fan base about Hewitt’s teams’ failure to perform in the 2nd half. I’ve taken a look at the data to determine if this is, in fact, true. My metric of choice was point differential.
Through seventeen games, the Jackets have scored 1285 points and allowed 1068 (217 point differential). In the first half of games, they’ve scored 599 points and allowed 486 (113 point differential). In the second half of games, they’ve scored 686 points and allowed 582 (104 point differential).
The Jackets have been out scored in the first half in four games: Dayton, Florida State, Georgia, and Duke. They won only one of them (Duke). They have been out scored in the second half in three games: Georgia, Virginia, and North Carolina (plus a draw with George Mason). They won only one of them (North Carolina, and the George Mason game).
Though there doesn’t seem to be a difference in overall performance, the scoring and allowing tendencies have been greater in the second half. Whether or not that’s conducive to more Jacket victories or not I have no idea.
My conclusion, overall, is that there’s little (if any) evidence that the “Hewitt’s teams are worse in the second half” mantra is correct.
A few visualizations: