Tuesday, November 27, 2012

NCAA | How much does home court matter?

Under Jim McLaughlin, Washington wins AND loses at home AND away

  • next: Santa Clara vs. Hawaii | November 30 | 5PM | Hec Ed Pavilion
  • Central Arkansas @ #5 Washington | November 30 | 7PM | Hec Ed Pavilion


When members of the Washington volleyball learned they’d be home for the first two rounds of this year’s tournament, they let out a collective cheer.

Playing at home means getting another day of practice. It means home cooking, home routines, home fans.

But is there a home court advantage?

Check out Washington’s tournament results during the Jim McLaughlin era:

2002
(3-1)
Colorado St
@ Hawai’i
(0-3)
Hawai’i
@ Hawai’i




2003
(3-0)
Northwestern
@ Seattle
(3-0)
Utah
@ Seattle
(3-1)
Stanford
@ L Beach
(2-3)
Minnesota
@ L Beach


2004
(3-0)
Idaho
@ Seattle
(3-2)
Kansas
@ Seattle
(3-0)
St. Mary’s
@ Seattle
(3-2)
UCLA
@ Seattle
(1-3)
Stanford
@ L Beach

2005
(3-0)
Oregon
@ Colo. St
(3-0)
Colorado St
@ Colo. St
(3-0)
Sienna
@ Tex A&M
(3-0)
Purdue
@ Tex A&M
(3-0)
Tennessee
@ S Antonio
(3-0)
Nebraska
@ S Antonio
2006
(3-1)
Colorado St
@ Colorado
(3-1)
Colorado
@ Colorado
(3-0)
Ohio St
@ Seattle
(3-1)
Penn St
@ Seattle
(0-3)
Stanford
@ Omaha

2007
(3-2)
Missouri
@ Seattle
(2-3)
BYU
@ Seattle




2008
(3-0)
Portland St
@ Seattle
(3-0)
Santa Clara
@ Seattle
(3-0)
Utah
@ Seattle
(2-3)
Nebraska
@ Seattle


2009
(3-1)
N. Colorado
@ Colo. St.
(1-3)
Colorado St
@ Colo St.




2010
(3-0)
Michigan
@ Seattle
(3-0)
Hawai’I
@ Seattle
(3-1)
Nebraska
@ Seattle
(0-3)
California
@ Seattle


2011
(3-1)
W. Michigan
@ Minn.
(2-3)
Minnesota
@ Minn.




2012
( - )
C. Arkansas
@ Seattle






10-0
6-4
6-0
3-3
1-2
1-0

As you can see:
Harry Husky
-Volleyblog Seattle photo by Leslie Hamann
  • Washington is 27-9 in the postseason under McLaughlin
  • The Huskies have played exactly half—18 of 36—of their postseason matches at home
  • UW is 15-3 on its home court
  • Washington has knocked off several national powers at Hec Ed, including UCLA (2004), Penn State (2006), Hawai’i (2010) and Nebraska (2010)
  • UW has defeated two elite teams on the road: Stanford (2003) and Nebraska (2005)
  • In 3 of the past five seasons, the Huskies have been eliminated at home, twice as underdogs (to Cal and Nebraska), once as the favorite (to BYU)
  • When UW won the national title in 2005, it played all its tournament matches on the road, and never dropped a single set
  • Weirdly, the team Washington has faced the most in postseason during the McLaughlin era is Colorado State (3 wins, 1 loss).. 


2 comments:

  1. Thanks for publishing the excellent graphic. In the NCAA tournament the Huskies have won .8333 in Seattle and .6667 on the road, so they are 16.67% more successful at home. I'll be there cheering this weekend to help increase their odds 0.001%, every little bit counts! Ticket prices are the same as during the regular season, so I would encourage everyone to come out. It’s simply the best sporting event value in town! These games are nonstop action and it takes all your concentration as a fan to follow the ball, the strategy, the substitutions, and all the great plays. And if the Huskies win it all, you don’t want to say you passed up the chance to give them a tiny little bit of help on their journey!

    'Tis the season! A great Christmas/Holiday gift idea for a UW volleyball fan is Jack and Leslie’s Generation IX DVD, which explores 30 years of Title 9 women's sports by focusing on the champion 2005 UW volleyball team’s trip to China. It shows Jim McLaughlin coaching, contains one-on-one interviews with Courtney Thompson, Christal Morrison, and Jill Collymore, and, not to give too much away, but – hold your nose - the scene with the open refrigerator is very funny! I’m glad I bought two because I kept one for myself and gave one as a gift. It’s small and lightweight so it’s a great gift for an out-of-town friend as well.

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    1. Much thanks, David, for the comments and the Generation IX plug. Folks should send an email to nolittlethings (at) comcast.net if interested.

      And since you mentioned it: another volleyball documentary is now in production. Look for details soon.

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