PLUS/MINUS vs. USC
Comment: Somewhat overshadowed by Donte Smith's nifty performance off the bench was the work of David Paris. In the first half, after Tamir picked up his first foul, USC went after him a little bit because they knew that if Tamir picked up his 2nd he'd be done for the half. So for a few possessions, Tamir played defense as if he had four fouls and USC's offense functioned as if Tamir had four fouls. By putting Paris in, Cal was able to move Tamir away from the basket and put him in less risk of picking up another foul. In the meantime, Paris was playing able to play a little more physical on defense and had a few good block outs which allowed teammates to grab rebounds. He also had a marvelous cross-court assist to Midgley for a 3-pointer which one sensed must have been run a few times at Modesto Christian.
For the much of the last four minutes, Midgley and Diggs were rotated on offense and defense. The net effect was to benefit Midgley and penalize Diggs. During the last 4:07, Midgley was +8 while Diggs was a -2. For the game's first 36 minutes, Midgley was a +6 and Diggs was a +4. However, it should be pointed out that Midgley was a +12 in the first half, the only other teammate who was reasonably close was Paris with a +11.
It was nice to see Smith back, and by hitting a couple of outside shots and making a nice pass to Wethers, he showed that he's capable of making big contributions before the season's out. At times it looked like there were open lanes for him to drive down the lane, but he held back and kept the team in its halfcourt offense, which from the standpoint of controlling rhythm and tempo was important.
First vs. Second Half (minimum 2 minutes)
First Half Top - Richard Midgley, 40-28, +12
Second Half Top - Conor Famulener (22-19) and David Paris (11-8), +3
First Half Bottom - Conor Famulener, 12-16, -4
Second Half Bottom - Gabriel Hughes, 2-9, -7
Difference Makers of the Game
With Richard Midgley in 34 minutes, 67-53, +14
Without Richard Midgley in 6 minutes, 6-15, -9
With David Paris in 12 minutes, 31-17, +14
Without David Paris in 28 minutes, 42-51, -9
Comment: Although his plus/minus numbers were relatively
modest, Diggs really shook things up in the first half. Defensively, he was able to
pressure inbounds passes and ballhandlers enough that USC got rattled on a few
possessions. Although it wasn't his strongest offensive game, his defensive hustle in the
first half was heartily acknowledged by the Haas crowd.
Midgley, Tamir, Wethers, Hughes and Shipp in 6:17 - 10-18, -8
All other combinations - 63-50, +13
Comment: What's even weirder is that during the first two
minutes of each half, Cal was outscored a combined 16-2. In the remaining 18 minutes of
each half (36 in total), the Bears outscored the Trojans 71-52.
Double Point Guards
With Diggs and Midgley in 14:31, 26-16, +10
All other combinations in 25:29, 47-52, -5
Comment: With as much man pressure as USC was putting on Midgley bringing the ball upcourt, Cal badly needed Diggs in to get the ball upcourt and across the time line. But as much as the Bears were using Diggs and Midgley in the first half and second half -- and this was one of the rare games when the two were very effective together -- one sensed that Braun would need someone off the bench to give one or both of them a rest. But at the 10:31 mark, with Cal down 51-50, the Bears took out Bond, Diggs AND Midgley and replaced them with Shipp, Wethers, and Donte Smith with Tamir and Famulener staying in the game. While Smith was in the game, Cal was 13-13; they were 4-5 when he was the lone guard, and the Bears were 9-8 when he was paired with Midgley.
*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: Only three Bears were positive in this table which was a little unusual. Diggs playing primarily defensive possessions at the end of the game pushed him into the negative. The numbers here reflect the success with which USC was able to have in containing Shipp and Tamir. Wethers' rebounding was key in the first h half when he was a solid +4.
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.
|Hughes, Midgley, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers||6:17||10||18||-8|
|Famulener, Midgley, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers||5:13||10||5||+5|
|Bond, Diggs, Famulener, Midgley, Tamir||4:24||4||6||-2|
|Diggs, Famulener, Midgley, Tamir, Wethers||2:33||5||0||+5|
|Diggs, Famulener, Midgley, Shipp, Tamir||2:32||4||5||-1|
|Midgley, Paris, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers||2:29||9||4||+5|
|Diggs, Famulener, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers||2:24||2||8||-6|
|Midgley, Paris, Shipp, D. Smith, Tamir||2:10||7||6||+1|
|Famulener, Shipp, D. Smith, Tamir, Wethers||2:10||4||5||-1|
|Diggs, Midgley, Paris, Shipp, Tamir||2:01||5||2||+3|
|Diggs, Midgley, Paris, Tamir, Wethers||1:44||5||0||+5|
|Diggs, Famulener, Hughes, Shipp, Wethers||1:29||3||2||+1|
|Famulener, Midgley, Paris, Shipp, D. Smith,||1:23||2||2||0|
|Diggs, Midgley, Paris, Tamir, Wethers||1:17||3||3||0|
|Bond, Famulener, Midgley, Shipp, Tamir||0:44||0||0||0|
|Diggs, Paris, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers||0:41||0||0||0|
|Bond, Diggs, Famulener, Tamir, Wethers||0:29||0||2||-2|
Comment: Midgley and Tamir were in all five of Cal's most productive lineups; Wethers made four appearances and Shipp made three.
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