Road map: Teams that are faring the best/worst away from home

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer
The SEC is the worst of all major conferences on the road, in large part because of Missouri and Arkansas. (US Presswire)

We're whittling away the season, now officially less than a month to go before conference tournament play begins in earnest. With that in mind, the NCAA tournament selection committee -- which will hold its mock selection process for the media later this week in Indianapolis -- will start to really inspect team resumes.

One thing that carries a lot of cachet: road wins. Ironic, considering there are no true road games come the middle of March in that beloved big bracket. But winning away from home does show us how good you can be, what your mettle is. Piling up road wins is one of the most effective ways to slither up the S-Curve. To paraphrase Scott Van Pelt: How good is your good? How great is your great? That question can often be quantified based on how often you played away from your own barn -- and what your record is in those situations.

Before we look at the big boys, let's give those who've gone out and won the most road games this year a moment of applause. Notice there's only one team from a major conference on this list.

Bucknell: 10
Stony Brook: 10
Northeastern: 9
Lehigh: 9
Albany: 9
College of Charleston: 9
Southern Miss: 8
Louisiana Tech: 8
Miami (Fla.): 8
Middle Tennessee State: 8
Stephen F. Austin: 8
Vermont: 8
Bryant: 8
Texas-Arlington: 8
Norfolk State: 8

Credit to Memphis, which is 6-0 on the road this season and has a nation's-best 10-game streak overall away from home, dating to last season. On the flip side, Grambling State is 0-15, followed by Portland State, Maryland-Eastern Shore and Fordham getting 12 shots in foes' gyms and failing each time.

Now, let's look at the major leagues. I've gone through the top eight leagues -- according to Ken Pomeroy's and Jeff Sagarin's ratings, both of which agree on basketball's upper fourth quadrant -- and looked at every team's road performance this season. That also umbrellas in overall road play for each league. Which conferences are fairing best in hostile houses? Here's how it looks as of today. Numbers in parentheses are total road wins per league.

All data as of Tuesday morning.

The specific winning percentages span from the Big East's .477 to the SEC's .324, only further validating what many have said all season: The SEC has been beyond mediocre, and teams like Missouri and Arkansas reinforce this by going winless on enemy territory. Mizzou is most interesting because it's the only team in Division I that's undefeated at home and winless in true road contests.

Here are the major-conference programs with six or more road wins. The number seem low to you? It does to me.

Miami: 8
VCU: 7
Arizona: 6
Florida: 6
UMass: 6
La Salle: 6
Wyoming: 6

As for the full road record ledger, here you go. Bolded teams are in Jerry Palm's latest bracket.

Big East

Louisville: 5-3
Villanova: 5-4
Cincinnati: 4-2
Syracuse: 4-2
Pittsburgh: 4-2
St. John's: 4-4
DePaul: 4-4
Georgetown: 3-2
Notre Dame: 3-2
Connecticut: 3-3
Rutgers: 3-5
Seton Hall: 3-6
Providence: 2-5
Marquette: 2-5
South Florida: 2-7

Mountain West

Wyoming: 6-4
New Mexico: 5-3
San Diego State: 4-2
Colorado State: 4-4
UNLV: 4-5
Boise State: 4-6
Air Force: 3-6
Fresno State: 3-8
Nevada: 2-7

Big Ten

Indiana: 5-1
Michigan State: 5-3
Illinois: 4-3
Michigan: 4-3
Wisconsin: 3-4
Ohio State: 3-4
Minnesota: 3-4
Purdue: 3-4
Iowa: 1-6
Northwestern: 3-4
Nebraska: 2-6
Penn State: 0-6

Atlantic 10

VCU: 7-1
Massachusetts: 6-2
La Salle: 6-4
Butler: 5-3
Temple: 5-4
George Washington: 5-5
Saint Joseph's: 5-5
Saint Louis: 4-2
St. Bonaventure: 4-7
Charlotte: 3-4
Xavier: 3-5
Richmond: 2-7
Rhode Island: 2-7
Dayton: 1-5
Duquesne: 1-9
Fordham: 0-12

Pac-12

Arizona: 6-1
Oregon: 4-3
California: 4-5
Washington: 4-5
Colorado: 4-6
UCLA: 3-1
Arizona State: 3-2
Stanford: 3-5
Southern Cal: 2-6
Utah: 2-7
Oregon State: 1-5
Washington State: 1-6

ACC

Miami (Fla.): 8-1
Florida State: 4-4
Duke: 3-2
Virginia: 3-4
North Carolina: 3-5
Maryland: 2-4
Virginia Tech: 2-4
Boston College: 2-5
North Carolina State: 2-5
Clemson: 2-6
Georgia Tech: 1-5
Wake Forest: 1-7

Big 12

Kansas: 5-2
Kansas State: 5-2
Oklahoma: 4-4
Baylor: 3-4
West Virginia: 3-5
Iowa State: 2-6
Oklahoma State: 2-4
TCU: 1-6
Texas Tech: 1-4
Texas: 0-6

SEC

Florida: 6-3
Ole Miss: 5-3
Kentucky: 4-3
Texas A&M: 3-3
Georgia: 3-4
Alabama: 3-5
LSU: 2-6
Vanderbilt: 2-6
Auburn: 2-7
South Carolina: 1-5
Tennessee: 1-6
Mississippi State: 1-7
Missouri: 0-5
Arkansas: 0-6


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