I'm obsessed with overtime basketball. Two teams battle to a tie over 40 minutes, so just rack up another 5:00 on the clock and lets go. The players are tired. Their legs aren't what they were an hour ago. Some might be fouled out. This is what makes overtime so great. All those meaningless phrases that announcers like to throw around - "who wants it more?!" - actually mean something in overtime. Yes, all the hard-to-describe nuances of lucky bounces and quarter inch misses still apply, but in OT players have to dig down and push themselves further than they're used to being pushed.
With that in mind, Saturdays of late have been gold. In the first two months of the season the most overtime games there were on any given day was seven (Friday, November 16th). Since then, the past seven Saturdays have averaged 9.4 overtime games. So much free basketball.
All told this season there have been 263 overtime games. All but one involved two Division I teams (Radford vs Cincinnati Christian). And most teams have been in at least one overtime game. At this point it's almost as likely to have played in three or more as it is to have played in zero.no comments