NCAA Bracket Predictions 2013: Teams That Will Dominate with Their Offense

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIMarch 21, 2013

ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 9: Doug McDermott #3 of the Creighton Bluejays drive to the basket against Justin Gant #5 of the Indiana State Sycamores during the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at the Scottrade Center on March 9, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Everyone loves a team that can light up the scoreboard, and this year’s NCAA tournament features a few teams that can do just that.

The phrase “defense wins championships” is good and all, but what’s the fun in that?  Fans love to see shootouts that result in exciting plays in transition and three-pointers in bunches.

There are plenty of teams that know how to score, but there are a few in particular that can heat up fast.


Creighton Bluejays

If you want a team that is deadly accurate and can put points up in bunches, then the Bluejays are certainly the team for you.

The Bluejays' explosive offense averages 75.3 points per game, but their efficient scoring is what really sets them apart.  As a team, they lead the entire nation in field goal and three-point percentage. They shoot an incredible 50.8 percent from the floor and an even more impressive 42.1 percent from behind the arc.

A lot of the points for Creighton come from Doug McDermott, their star player.  He is second in the NCAA in scoring, averaging 23.1 points per game while shooting 56.1 percent and 49.7 percent on three-pointers.  He’s an incredible offensive weapon, and he’s the main reason Creighton is so exciting to watch.


Belmont Bruins

They may not be as efficient as the Bluejays, but the Bruins are on offensive powerhouse that is just plain fun to watch.

At 49.4 percent shooting, the Bruins are fourth in the nation in scoring efficiency and a little bit more than one percent behind Creighton.  They do score more points than the Bluejays, averaging 77.2 points per game.

Ian Clark has been a hot shooter all year, leading the Bruins with 18.1 points per game.  He shoots well from everywhere on the court, making 54.1 percent of his shots and 46.3 of his shots from downtown.

The Bruins are just a No. 11 seed, but their offense could very well be sending them to the next round with a win over Arizona.


Indiana Hoosiers

While people have been criticizing the Hoosiers a lot lately, no one can deny that they have one of the best offenses in the country.  They average 80 points per game and 41.1 percent shooting from behind the arc as a team, placing them third in the nation in both categories.

The scoring comes from just about everyone.  They have four of their five starters averaging at least 10 points per game, while Yogi Ferrell averages 7.8 and Will Sheehey averages 9.4 off the bench.  Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo have been fantastic all year, combining for 30.5 points per game and nearly 60 percent shooting.

There’s a reason the Hoosiers are a No. 1 seed, and their offensive firepower will look to push them to Atlanta.


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