Free throw attempts at home vs away
Just having a look at the box-score tonight - Melbourne had 16 more free throw attempts than us. And in our previous loss on the road to Perth, they had 16 more free throw attempts than us.
At home we average 11 more free attempts than our opponents - we had a whooping 20 more attempts than cairns.
In our only road win against the Breakers we had 8 more free throw attempts, and in the loss to Sydney we had one more attempt. Interestingly enough, against Townsville on the road they took 8 more attempts than us, but at home we had 14 more attempts than them.
It makes it pretty hard to win on the road with these sorts of discrepancies - the refs are obviously influenced by the home crowd etc - and you're not going to win many games if your opponent gets 16 more free throw attempts than you. This has always been the biggest stumbling block for opposition teams trying to win in Adelaide - overcoming the pressure which the crowd puts on the refs - as any good, passionate crowd should!!
This is why I am pretty confident we can get Perth on Sun - they won't be getting 16 more free-throw attempts than us like they did in Perth. Plus they played (and lost - big upset to Hunter) tonight and have to travel and have no Burston. I'll be extremely disappointed if we lose.