Fun With Numbers - Cal vs. Washington State
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Comment: In terms of shot selection, basic passing, and other reasonable basic fundamentals, Washington State may be one of the worst teams in the country. I don't think I've seen that many bad passes since the first episode of The Bachelorette. But the Cougars sure made up for it in spirit. After a woeful first half where they easily could have been trailing at halftime by 20, they kept fighting their way back in the game.
While this wasn't one of Cal's finer overall efforts; the defense must be credited for frustrating Washington State into scoring 12 points in the game's first 18 minutes. Head coach Ben Braun was also able to get quality minutes out of Erik Bond, David Paris, and Rod Benson; all of these minutes that he's giving to players here and there is going to pay off sometime in the near future. All the early season minutes given to Gabriel Hughes has helped him make slow but steady progress during the course of the year. His free throw shooting's gotten much better lately, and he's beginning to get a lot better at blocking shots.
Shoe update: Joe Shipp upgraded his footwear to the new Air Jordans that came out the other day - early on they seemed to be doing him good as he singlehandedly outscored Washington State until very deep in the first half. Rod Benson wore the new Cal Jordan Brand Jumpman shoes (not available in stores yet) but he chose to wear the elastic band around only one of the shoes. David Paris is wearing an older brand of a Jordan Brand shoe that Erik Bond was wearing earlier in the year.
Was any else curious about how come the women's field hockey team seemed much more enthusiastic about their mid-game apperance at Haas then the women's tennis team?
Apologies for missing the past couple of Thursdays - a combination of other commitments and away games without TV made ended up pushing the Oregon State and Arizona State games into the In box, where they've stayed. The idea is to eventually get those two games done in the near future. The numbers from the Arizona State game should be of interest considering that the Bears still have to play them.
First vs. Second Half (minimum 2 minutes)
First Half Top - Joe Shipp - 21-14, +7
Second Half Top - Conor Famulener - 30-24, +6
First Half Bottom - Donte Smith - 4-6, -2
Second Half Bottom - Gabriel Hughes - 6-11, -5
Difference Makers of the Game
With Brian Wethers in 31 minutes, 52-41, +11
Without Brian Wethers in 9 minutes, 11-12, -1
With Conor Famulener in 24 minutes, 43-32, +11
Without Conor Famulener in 16 minutes, 20-21, -1
Comment: Nine of Wethers' +11 came in the last two minutes of the game, when Cal ran off the game's final nine points after the Cougars closed to one at 54-53.
Midgley, Tamir, Wethers, Hughes and Shipp in 13:40 - 16-17, -1
All other combinations in 26:20 - 47-36, +11
Comment: The starting line up went a +4 (10-6) to open up the
first half and a -5 (6-11) to start the second half.
Double Point Guards
With Diggs and Midgley in 6:18, 11-15, -4
All other combinations in 33:42, 52-38, +14
Comment: The Diggs/Midgley combo was oncourt toegher for one stretch in the second half when cal saw their lead cut from 5 to 1.
*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: Bond and Paris both were on the court when Cal was playing well in the first half and threatening to blow the game open. Neither saw action in the second half as Braun chose to play his hand closer to the vest, using only six players during the final 14:46 -- barring the exception of the last 10 seconds when he emptied the bench.
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||13:40||16||17||-1|
|Bond, Diggs, Famulener, Shipp, Tamir||4:42||5||2||+3|
|Benson, Diggs, Famulener, Shipp, Wethers||3:38||3||5||-2|
|Diggs, Famulener, Midgley, Tamir, Wethers||3:35||7||7||0|
|Diggs, Famulener, Midgley, Shipp, Tamir||2:43||4||8||-4|
|Benson, Famulener, Midgley, Shipp, Wethers||2:41||7||4||+3|
|Bond, Famulener, Midgley, Tamir, Wethers||1:47||4||2||+2|
|Bond, Diggs, Famulener, Shipp, Tamir||1:32||2||2||0|
|Midgley, Shipp, D. Smith, Tamir, Wethers||1:04||2||2||0|
|Famulener, Midgley, D. Smith, Tamir, Wethers||1:00||0||2||-2|
|Benson, Midgley, Shipp, D. Smith, Wethers||0:59||2||2||0|
|Diggs, Famulener, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers||0:55||4||0||+4|
|Famulener, Midgley, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers||0:54||5||0||+5|
|Bond, Diggs, Famulener, Paris, Wethers||0:30||2||0||+2|
|Abrahams, Brutocao-Kemp, Forehan-Kelly, Panawek, Vilardell||0:10||0||0||0|
Comment: The Diggs/Midgley, Famulener, Shipp, Tamir and Wethers line-ups that usualy close out the halves for Cal only saw a combined 1:49 of action together. But during that time they stretched Cal's lead from 1 to 10 late in the game, for a +9.
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