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An interesting debate arose on Twitter after Virginia Tech's incredible shooting performance yesterday.

It dawned on me later that there ARE some numbers. Synergy Sports breaks down "Catch & Shoot" plays into Guarded vs. Unguarded, and shows us where a team ranks vis-a-vis the rest of D1 in those categories. They do this for defense and offense. So the lower the PPP other teams score in a type of play, the higher your defensive ranking. I went back to 2013-14 gathering the numbers.  Here they are:

Unguarded Shot Defense

YearUnguardedGuarded%Unguarded
2019-2095%93%41.2%
2018-1986%93%31.4%
2017-1868%96%27.3%
2016-1772%64%24.1%
2015-1612%42%26.6%
2014-1539%88%21.1%
2013-1473%62%31.7%
The first two numbers are UVA's defensive rank, and the third is the percentage of overall Catch-n-Shoot plays that were unguarded

Seems to me that the numbers support the proposition, especially given the lack of correlation between rank and the % of shots that are unguarded. But, Hoo knows?