Fun With Numbers - Cal vs Columbia
Comment: Columbia is likely to be one of the weaker teams that Cal will play this year. Weaker teams will generally be competitive for anywhere from five to 15 miutes before gaps in talent and depth are revealed. The Bears actually trailed Columbia 21-20 with 7:40 left in the first half before going on a 24-7 run to close out the half to take a 44-28 lead. Although the Lions had numerous mini-spurts in the second half, Cal was able to maintain a comfortable lead and was never under any serious threat of losing. The starting lineup of Ubaka, Midgley, McGuire, Powe, and Tamir started off slowly as the Bears scored four points in the first four minutes and ended up finishing at a +5. The team's best lineup against Columbia was Ubaka, Midgley, McGuire, Powe and Famulener which was a +8 in 3:08.
First vs. Second Half (minimum 2 minutes)
First Half Top - Ayinde Ubaka, 42-20, +22
Second Half Top - Amit Tamir, 32-26, +6
First Half Bottom - Gabriel Hughes, 1-7, -6
Second Half Bottom - A.J. Diggs, 9-15, -6
Richard Midgley in 28:32 - 68-45, +23
Without Midgley in 11:28 - 17-21, -4
Ayinde Ubaka in 31:09 - 70-48, +22
Without Ubaka in 8:51 - 15-18, -3
Ubaka, Midgley, McGuire, Powe and Tamir in 10:11 - 24-19, +5
All other combinations in 29:49 - 61-47, +14
*Points per minute scored by Cal while player was on the court.
*Points per minute scored by opponent while player was on the court.
Comment: The Bears received excellent play from both of their starting guards - Cal was far more efficient with Midgley and Ubaka on the court than when they weren't. Famulener had strong numbers while playing 13 minutes - last year he logged a lot of playing time alongside proven scorers Joe Shipp and Brian Wethers with Tamir and Midgley also having frequent good nights. Early this season, with the freshmen still learning how to find shots within the offense, Famulener's minutes have dropped as he now primarily gets spot play while filling in for Powe and Tamir. Although added minutes for him would probably come at the expense of Cal's other reserve big people - the team functions far more smoothly offensively and defensively when he's in the game.
Description: This stat measures the significance of a player's contribution to the team's effort. If a team wins by 10 points, and a player plays in half of the team's minutes, his expected contribution would be a +5. For example, when Cal defeated Grambling by 19 points. Brian Wethers played 28 minutes or 70% of the game. If we multiply 70% x +19, Wethers' expected contribution would be a +13.30. But for the game he was a +26, so his net for the game for a +12.70. In a perfect team situation, if everyone contributed equally, the difference column would consist of a row of zeros.
Comment: Cal used 10 different lineup combinations in the first half, 16 lineup combinations in the second half, and used a grand total of 23 (three combinations were used in both the first and second halves)
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