Very, very good. Ken Pomeroy's defensive efficiency stats only go back to 2004, but if they keep it up for the rest of the year, Kansas will be the best defense of the past 3 years by a wide margin:
The difference between Kansas and the second best team, Louisville, is as large as the difference between Louisville and the 12th best team, UConn. How are they doing this?
Two main things: field goal defense and balance. They have the lowest effective field goal percentage of all defenses in the past 3 years, AND they're one of only four squads in that time to rank in the top 25% of all division I teams in each of Pomeroy's special defensive categories (eFG%, TO%, OReb%, FTA/FGA):
(Jim Calhoun is doing something right up at UConn.)
The balanced defenses, with their ranks in each category:
At first I looked at these and was happy because the past two NCAA champs showed up. But then I noticed another thing. Check out the other 2006 teams listed anywhere in the charts: UConn, Memphis, and Iowa. Texas has played two of them and beat them both, which makes me a little wary about Saturday. If the way to take down Texas is through offense, not defense, KU may be in a little trouble.