So I did find myself clutching my chest watching Michigan v. Purdue and groaning at the horribly inconsistent officiating. I had the sound off as I can barely stand the commentary when they fail to say a word about the crappy calls that anyone can see are something akin to the officiating fairness of the WWF. My wife (oh so irritatingly calm) says to me that the officials can't always be that biased against my Wolverines and threatens to leave the room if I keep groaning and moaning. So after we managed to squeak out a win that shouldn't have been that close and my heart rate was down to normal, I decided to get more objective as my dear wife suggested. So I reviewed all the Big Ten free throw data for the last 11 seasons and here is the ...chart? chart.....
Here are the 2001-2011 Big Ten games only total win/loss records and the total foul shot attempt differential (i.e.foul shot attempts less fouls shot attempts by opponents)
The most remarkable thing to notice is that Ohio had 624 more free throw attempts than their opponents over those seasons and a NW had 646 fewer than theirs. Believe me that differential by t test is less than p<.01 by chance. Make of it what you may. ANOVA of all the teams and their free throw attempts suggest that the results are not drawn from the same pool i.e. that the difference between the teams is significant at less than p<.02
The stats say we should get ready to get ready to get hosed at Ohio. Maybe I just won't watch.