Kentucky beat Ole Miss, 99-76, on Thursday night. While it was Kentucky’s first conference game, it was more telling for men’s college basketball in general, as it was the ninth time this season in which the Wildcats had topped 90 points, a stretch that includes four games in which they topped 100 points.
After a two-decade stretch that saw NCAA Division I men’s basketball scoring drop 12% from 76.7 points a game in 1990-1991 to just 67.7 points a game during the 2014-2015 season, scoring is way up in the sport. Teams averaged 73.0 points a game last season, and scoring is up again early this season to 74.4 points a game.
At this rate, teams will have their best season of offensive production in 23 years. That is a great sign for a sport that had grown increasingly boring. Instead it seems teams are picking up the pace and shooting more 3-pointers, exactly what most fans want to see.
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