If the season ended today, MSU’s 2016 team would have posted the 10th best adjusted offensive efficiency number since the 2005-06 season began. Now, it’s only good for 3rd (tied with Iowa State) THIS season, but keep in mind, with Penn State and Rutgers on tap (as well as OSU), MSU could easily improve its final number from here.
When you consider that this team gets relatively little help from the free throw line, because it doesn’t draw many fouls, it’s even more impressive. I’d compare it a little bit to Miguel Cabrera winning batting titles when he never gets the benefit of cheap infield hits.
Generally speaking, you are a serious contender if both your offense and defense is in the top 40 in adjusted efficiency. MSU’s offense is tied for 3rd and its defense is currently 23rd. That kind of balance is what puts you in position to win championships. Others who fit that bill this season, at least to date: