A new study finds that Utah’s top-ranked basketball team is in a league of its own, with an average of a winning percentage of .846.
That means Utah’s two-time defending champion, the Utes, lead the league by 1.5 points per game, and they lead the conference by 3.4 points per contest.
The study, by the sports analytics company ProZone, was done by aggregating data from NBA teams.
The methodology of the study is still under investigation, but it found that the Ute team has the most wins (27), and that they are also the best defensive team in the league (1.5 games better than their opponent).
Utah’s lead over their opponents in scoring efficiency is 1.6 points per 100 possessions, and their opponent is the second-worst in the conference (24.4 percent).
Utah has played the last two seasons against teams with the top overall ranking in the country, including a pair of No. 1 seeds.
The Utes are one of four teams ranked in the top 10 and have not faced a team that made the top 20 in either of those rankings.
Utah is also ranked among the nation’s best teams, as the Uts have an overall rating of .920.
That’s the third best mark among teams that have played in the final 10 games of the season.
They rank No. 3 in offensive rating and are No. 5 in defensive rating.
The Utes also have a number of defensive advantages, including the highest scoring margin (13.8 points per possession) in the Big Sky Conference, and a higher opponent scoring margin than any other conference team.
The top three teams in scoring in each of the past two seasons are all in the East, and the top three in defensive efficiency (3.1) and offensive rating (7.4) are all on the West Coast.
Utah is tied for fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring (38.2 ppg), and the Usuas first three-game winning streak came in a two-game sweep of Arizona on Jan. 27.
The Utah Jazz will play at No. 8 Washington on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET).