PLUS/MINUS vs. WASHINGTON
Comment: After having a 46-39 lead with 13:37 left, Cal's offense hit a huge dead spot as they managed only five points in the next 7:09, allowing Washington to tie the game at 51. The Bears then scored 18 of its next 20 points on three-point shots in a four-minute span to build its lead to 71-60 - enroute to coasting home to a 76-62 win. This game was unusual in that the Bears went with their starting lineup for long stretches at both the beginning and ending of each half. Previously, head coach Ben Braun would cycle in A.J. Diggs and Martin Smith with Richard Midgley and Ayinde Ubaka; Conor Famulener and David Paris with Leon Powe and Amit Tamir and Dominic McGuire for Marquise Kately in such a way that usually at least two starters would be on the floor at any given point.
Against Washington, Cal had an all-reserve lineup on the floor for both the first and second halves - as the Bears went with a lineup of Diggs, Smith, McGuire, Famulener, and Paris. That lineup was oncourt a combined 6:21, going +2 (11-9) and didn't cause the Bears to lose any ground despite the lack of an established scorer on. The Bears went with their starting lineup of Ubaka, Midgley, Kately, Powe and Tamir for 20:14 - during which they were an astounding +24 (48-24). This was the lineup that the Bears had on the court when they went on a 23-9 run in the second half to break open a tie game. Put another way, the starting lineup averaged 2.40 points per minute when they were oncourt together, all other Bear combinations averaged 1.40 points per minute.
Kately had his best +/- numbers of the season, with a +10 in the first half, despite missing most of it with foul trouble and a +11 in the second half, close behind were Powe, who had a +10 in each half, and Midgley who had a +19, even though he didn't score his first field goal until the final minutes of the game. The starters were on the court during the Bears opening run, which saw them take a 16-9 lead, and towards the end of the game. Consequently, all five starters have significantly better +/- numbers than the reserves. The worst starter +/- is Ubaka's +13, while the best reserve was Smith's +1.
The Bears awoke from their three-point shooting doldrums, scoring 31% of their points via three-pointers. During their critical late game run, Tamir made four three-pointers, Midgley made one and Ubaka made one.
With three blocks, Dominic McGuire now takes over the team lead with 10. In one remarkable sequence, he was near midcourt during a loose ball situation when Ubaka was on the floor and was trying to bat the ball to McGuire. Washington intercepted the ball and in two passes had the ball along the right baseline when one of its players went up for a shot and had it blocked by McGuire.
First vs. Second Half (minimum 2 minutes)
First Half Top - Richard Midgley - 30-18, +12
Second Half Top - Marquise Kately - 27-16, +11
First Half Bottom - A.J. Diggs, 8-10, -2
Second Half Bottom - Dominic McGuire, 13-20, -7
Marquise Kately in 21:33 - 50-29, +21
Without Kately in 18:27 - 26-33, -7
Leon Powe in 31:24 - 65-45, +20
Without Powe in 8:36 - 11-17, -6
Ubaka, Midgley, Kately, Powe and Tamir in 20:14 - 48-24, +24
All other combinations in 19:46 - 28-38, -10
*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: All five starters topped this chart with the team's most efficient performances of the evening coinciding with when Kately was on the court.
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 only 12 lineups against Washington (compared with 23 against Columbia), with three units seeing most of the playing time (32:27). Besides the starting unit and the all-reserve unit, the other unit that saw a lot of time was Diggs, Smith, McGuire, Powe and Tamir - a unit with backcourt/swing reserves to go with the starting frontcourt. Of the three units, this was by far the weakest defensively as it allowed 2.83 points a minute compared with 1.20 points a minute allowed by the starters and 1.50 points per minute allowed by the reserves
|Point Distribution Chart|
|Of the Bears first 53 points, 40 were scored on two-point field goals, six were scored on three-point field goals and seven were scored on free throws - which would've given the Bears a lopsided 75.5/11.3/13.2 breakdown. Of Cal's final 23 points, 18 were scored on three-pointers and five were scored via free throws. The Bears point% coming from free throws would have been increased if they'd made more than 12 of their 24 free throws. Powe and Ubaka were 7-of-8 on free throws, the rest of the team was 5-of-16.|
|TP - total points; 2pt. - points scored on 2 pt. field goals; 3pt. - points scored on 3 pt. field goals; FT - points scored on free throws; 2pt% - % of points scored on 2 pt field goals, 3pt - % of points scored on 3 pt. field goals, FT% - % of points scored on free throws; LYFT - last year's % of points scored on free throws|
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