## Pace Factor Calculator

## What is Pace Factor?

Pace Factor is a metric that measures the number of possessions of the ball by a team in a basketball game.

A pace factor of 100 from 1 game would indicate that there were a total of 100 possessions in the game, while a pace factor of 100 over 100 games would indicate that a team averages 100 possessions per game.

## How to calculate Pace Factor

Pace Factor (Pace) is calculated as:

## Example

In a game, a team has had 82 possessions and their opponents 77. The team’s players have played for a total of 240 minutes, and the match was 48 minutes long.

Therefore, this team has a pace factor of 79.5.

## What is Possession in Basketball?

In basketball, possession happens when a team gains offensive possession of the ball. That possession ends when the team scores, loses the ball, or commits a foul or violation.

## What is Team Minutes Played?

Team minutes played is the total number of minutes played by all players on the team.

If a regulation game is 48 minutes, then the team minutes played would be 48 minutes x 5 players = 240 team minutes.

## What is Minutes per Game?

Minutes per game is the number of minutes of regulation time in one game.

In the NBA, regulation length of a basketball game is 48 minutes.

In the WNBA, FIBA (Federation of International Basketball) and NCAA, regulation game time is 40 minutes.

High school games are often a total of 32 minutes.

Other game lengths may be possible depending on the league.

## More resources

- Basketball Reference – Glossary
- Sporting Charts – Glossary – Possession
- About.com – Pace and Fantasy Basketball
- 82 Breaks – Fastbreaks: Back to the Future
- Research Methods and Performance Analysis – Csataljay, Hughes, James, Dancs – Page 178 – Pace as an influencing factor in Basketball
- Hoopdata – Defense and the “Fifth Factor”

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- Effective Field Goal Percentage (eFG%)
- Field Goal Percentage (FG%)
- Free Throw Percentage (FT%)
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- Offensive Rebound Percentage (ORB%)
- Pace Factor
- Performance Index Rating
- Pythagorean Win Percentage
- Rebound Rate
- Steal Percentage (STL%)
- Team Possessions
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- True Shooting Percentage (TS%)