When trailing 44-42 to Washington with 11:20 left, Cal head coach returned to a lineup that had brought him earlier success - Richard Midgley, Brian Wethers, Joe Shipp, Conor Famulener and Amit Tamir --and the Bears promptly went on a 9-2 run and held on for a 73-66 win in Seattle on Thursday.

That same lineup started the second half and for the game was a +12 (16-4) in 6:30 and turned out to easily be the most successful lineup that Cal used all evening.

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That same lineup started the second half and for the game was a +12 (16-4) in 6:30 and turned out to easily be the most successful lineup that Cal used all evening.

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Fun With Numbers - Washington

<p class="txt">When trailing 44-42 to Washington with 11:20 left, Cal head coach returned to a lineup that had brought him earlier success - Richard Midgley, Brian Wethers, Joe Shipp, Conor Famulener and Amit Tamir --and the Bears promptly went on a 9-2 run and held on for a 73-66 win in Seattle on Thursday.</p> <p class="txt">That same lineup started the second half and for the game was a +12 (16-4) in 6:30 and turned out to easily be the most successful lineup that Cal used all evening.</p>

PLUS/MINUS vs. WASHINGTON

Player Min +Pts -Pts Diff
Richard Midgley 25 44 31 +13
Amit Tamir 36 67 57 +10
Brian Wethers 33 62 52 +10
Joe Shipp 37 71 62 +9
Gabriel Hughes 5 10 5 +5
Conor Famulener 24 45 42 +3
A.J. Diggs 22 41 44 -3
Erik Bond 9 13 16 -3
David Paris 5 6 10 -4
Martin Smith 4 6 11 -5

Comment:  Cal's first out-of-state game in seven weeks was encouraging in that a) it was a win and b) the key core of players all showed that they could play well in a semi-hostile environment.  One area of possible concern is that the foursome of Midgley, Shipp, Tamir and Wethers scored 68 of Cal's 73 points and went 21 of 39 from the field. The rest of the lineup, in 71 combined minutes scord 5 points and went 2 of 7 fro the field.

Apologies for the delay in getting these up. Acknowledgments/shout-outs/props/hollas should be given to Yahoo! for archiving the radio broadcasts of Cal games, Roxy for doing an outstanding job of setting the line-ups.

 

First vs. Second Half (minimum 2 minutes)

First Half Top - Gabriel Hughes, 10-5, +5
Second Half Top - Richard Midgley, 29-17, +12

First Half Bottom - Conor Famulener, 14-17, -3
Second Half Bottom - Martin Smith, 6-11, -5


Difference Makers of the Game

With Richard Midgley in 25 minutes, 44-31, +13
Without Richard Midgley in 15 minutes, 29-35, -6

With Amit Tamir in 36 minutes, 67-57, +10
Without Amit Tamir in 4 minutes, 6-9, -3

With Brian Wethers in 33 minutes, 62-52, +10
Without Brian Wethers in 7 minutes, 11-14, -3

Starting Lineup

1st half - Midgley, Tamir, Wethers, Hughes and Shipp in 5:17 - 10-5, +5
2nd half - Famulener, Midgley, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers in 6:30 - 16-4, +12
All other combinations - 47-57, -10

Comment: The second half lineup opened the second half with a 7-2 run, when Diggs was brought in for Midgley. When Cal trailed 44-42 with 11:20 left, Tamir and Wethers were brought in for Smith and Bond, and the team went on a 9-2 run to take 51-46 lead.


Double Point Guards


With Diggs and Midgley in 8:31, 17-16, +1
All other combinations in 31:29, 56-50, +6

Comment:  Diggs and Midgley were on court together during the middle of the first half (5-7, -2) and finished up the last 3:48 of the game (12-9, +3).

Offensive Efficiency

Player PPM*
Hughes 2.00
Shipp 1.92
Wethers 1.88
Famulener 1.88
Diggs 1.86
TEAM 1.83
Tamir 1.81
Midgley 1.76
Smith 1.50
Bond 1.44
Paris 1.20

*Points per minute scored by Cal while player was on the court.

Defensive Efficiency

Player PPM*
Hughes 1.00
Midgley 1.24
Tamir 1.58
Wethers 1.58
TEAM 1.65
Shipp 1.68
Famulener 1.75
Bond 1.78
Diggs 2.00
Paris 2.00
Smith 2.75

*Points per minute scored by opponent while player was on the court.

Contribution Evaluation

Player Minutes Expected Actual Difference
Midgley 25 +4.38 +13 +8.62
Wethers 33 +5.78 +10 +4.22
Hughes 5 +0.88 +5 +4.12
Tamir 36 +6.30 +10 +3.70
Shipp 37 +6.48 +9 +2.52
Famulener 24 +4.20 +3 -1.20
Bond 9 +1.58 -3 -4.58
Paris 5 +0.88 -4 -4.88
Smith 4 +0.70 -5 -5.70
Diggs 22 +3.85 -3 -6.85

Comment:  The five first-half starters finished in the top five of this table, which hasn't occured all that much. Hughes' numbers were good, even though he didn't play after the game's first five minutes.

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, 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. At some point in the future, I'll go into more detail about what this stat means. Each game, the top three players will be in blue. Special thanks to GldnBr71 for suggesting this.

Lineup Breakdown

Lineup TIME + - +/-
Diggs, Famulener, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers 9:17 17 19 -2
Famulener, Midgley, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers 6:30 16 4 +12
Hughes, Midgley, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers 5:17 10 5 +5
Diggs, Midgley, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers 3:34 10 7 +3
Bond, Midgley, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers 2:32 0 2 -2
Bond, Diggs, Famulener, Shipp, Tamir 2:28 4 7 -3
Diggs, Midgley, Paris, Shipp, Wethers 2:03 2 5 -3
Bond, Diggs, Famulener, Midgley, Tamir 1:25 2 0 +2
Famulener, Shipp, Smith, Tamir, Wethers 1:22 2 4 -2
Bond, Diggs, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers 1:19 3 2 +1
Bond, Paris, Shipp, Smith, Tamir 1:08 3 3 0
Diggs, Famulener, Midgley, Paris, Shipp 0:57 1 0 +1
Bond, Famulener, Midgley, Shipp, Smith 0:44 1 2 -1
Bond, Midgley, Smith, Paris, Tamir 0:42 0 2 -2
Diggs, Famulener, Midgley, Tamir, Wethers 0:18 0 2 -2
Diggs, Famulener, Midgley, Shipp, Wethers 0:14 2 2 0
TOTAL 40:00 73 66 +7

Comment:  Three of the top four lineups included Midgley, Shipp, Tamir and Wethers. The quartet was on the court together for 15:21 and was a +20 (36-16) during that time.

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