One of the reasons I liked the Kevin Keatts hire was that the trend line for his teams on the offensive side is very clear: Kevin Keatts knows how to build good offenses. This year is a fine example of that, as the Wolfpack hasn’t missed a beat despite a significant roster overhaul:
Some of State’s good production this season is the result of the schedule, sure, but the Pack also hasn’t been much bothered by the better defensive teams in the non-conference.
The little number next to the efficiency figure tells you how good that individual performance was relative to all of your opponents’ opponents. Put more simply: no Wisconsin opponent has been more efficient against the Badgers defense than NC State. No Penn State opponent has been more efficient against the Nittany Lions defense than NC State.
Wisconsin ranks 12th in defensive efficiency. Penn State is 14th. (Penn State was ninth before our game Saturday.)
You can see also in the above that State has been held under 1.1 points per possession only twice this year—so even when the Pack hasn’t had its fastball, it’s still be well above average overall. That’s a really good sign.
They’re proving that they can match production at the offensive end with anybody.