PLUS/MINUS vs. STANFORD
Comment: One could easily argue that the key moment of the game was when Midgley picked up his second foul with 4:13 left in the first half. At that point, Cal was trailing only 15-13. Midgley went to the bench and in less than a minute, Cal was was trailing 20-13 and spent much of the rest of the game trying to dig itself out of a hole. Midgley's importance to team on Saturday is reflected in the fact that he was the only Bear to have a positive +/- score. Put another way, during the 25:07 that he played, Cal outscored Stanford 50-45, for a +5 and its offense averaged about 2 points a minute. During the 14:53 that he was on the bench, the Bears were outscored 23-11 and its offense averaged 0.7 points a minute.
First vs. Second Half (minimum 2 minutes)
First Half Top - Richard Midgley - 13-11, +2
Second Half Top - Richard Midgley - 37-34; A.J. Diggs - 20-17, +3
First Half Bottom - Martin Smith - 6-13, -7
Second Half Bottom - Ayinde Ubaka - 27-30; Martin Smith - 4-7, -3
Richard Midgley in 25:07 - 50-45, +5
Without Midgley in 14:53 - 11-23, -12
Ubaka, Midgley, Kately, Powe and Tamir in 12:22 - 28-27, +1
All other combinations in 27:38 - 33-41, -8
*Points per minute scored by Cal while player was on the court.
*Points per minute scored by opponent while player 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: In the first half, Cal played with all five starters for 7:08 - that unit was a +1 (8-7). Its playing time as a unit was limited by foul trouble for Ubaka and Midgley. Braun eschewed his usual strategy of keeping players with two first-half fouls on the bench by bringing back Ubaka and Midgley for spot situations after Stanford took a 20-13 lead. The Bears went with an all-sub unit for 2:46 in the first half - this unit (Diggs/Smith/McGuire/Hughes/Famulener) struggled going -4 (0-4). Midgley and Diggs were on the court together for 6:38, going +5 (16-11). The combination of Diggs and Smith struggled - during the eight minutes the two were oncourt together, Cal was -4 and the offense mustered only six points (0.75/minute)
|Point Distribution Chart|
|Cal (Season before Cal/Stan)||832||524||135||173||62.9%||16.2%||20.8%|
|Stanford (Season before Cal/Stan)||993||586||180||227||59.0%||18.1%||22.9%|
|Nearly 40% of Cal's points came on 3-pointers, which is more than twice their season average. The Bears did a good job of thwarting Stanford's three-point attack, but the Cardinal more than made up for it with repeated trips to the foul line.|
|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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