Fun With Numbers - Cal vs. Arizona State
Comment: Midgley's +19 was by far the best performance of any Cal player during Sunday's game. In the second half, he was a +17, while the team was a +4. Midgley's numbers did benefit from the offense/defense substitution with Diggs during the game's last 5 minutes. Up until the 5:14 mark, Midgley was a +11 for the game and Diggs was a +4. Cal was up by 6 (69-63) at the time and proceeded to outscore the Sun Devils 11-9, the rest of the way, but Midgley was a +8 (11-3), while Diggs was a -6 (0-6). If the net difference (+2) between the last 5:14 was left, Midgley would have finished with a +12 and Diggs would have finished with a +5, which would have been a far better reflection of his contribution towards the team's efforts.
Starting Smith helped Cal get off to an 11-6 start, until he was replaced by Midgley. Smith did struggle early in the second half when having to bring the ball up against Arizona State's Kyle Dodd. Dodd caused problems for both Midgley and Smith, and a less charitable refereeing group would have had him fouled out of the game inside of five minutes. Up until the last five minutes when he was used interchangeably with Midgley, Diggs played alongside Midgley and would bring the ball upcourt when Midgley was matched up against Dodd.
First vs. Second Half (minimum 2 minutes)
First Half Top - Brian Wethers (37-32) and Gabriel Hughes (11-6), +5
Second Half Top - Richard Midgley, 38-21, +17
First Half Bottom - Erik Bond, 7-11, -4
Second Half Bottom - A.J. Diggs, 11-18, -7
Difference Makers of the Game
With Richard Midgley in 26 minutes, 58-39, +19
Without Richard Midgley in 15 minutes - 22-33, -11
With Brian Wethers in 31 minutes, 69-61, +8
Without Brian Wethers in 9 minutes, 11-11, 0
D. Smith, Tamir, Wethers, Hughes and Shipp in 4:36, 10-9, +1
All other combinations in 35:24, 70-63, +7
Comment: The starting lineup went a +4 in the first half as
Cal jumped out to an 8-4 lead, when Erik Bond replaced Brian Wethers briefly as Wethers
received medical attention on the sideline. It was outscored 5-2 in the opening moments of
the second half until Famulener was brought in to replace Tamir, at which point ASU led
Double Point Guards
With Diggs and Midgley in 9:42 - 21-13, +8
With Diggs and D. Smith in 0:36 - 0-0, 0
With all other combinations in 29:42 - 59-59, 0
Comment: Diggs and Midgley were a +5 in the first half and a +3 in the second half.
*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: If we use the revised total that we mentioned in the Comment underneat the plus/minus charts and have Midgley with an adjusted total of +12 and Diggs with an adjusted total of +5, then Midgley would still top this chart witha +6.80, but Diggs would rocket up to a 2nd place tie with Famulener at a +2.60.
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.
|Famulener, Midgley, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers||9:16||26||12||+14|
|Hughes, Shipp, Smith, Tamir, Wethers||4:36||10||9||+1|
|Diggs, Hughes, Midgley, Shipp, Tamir||4:29||8||5||+3|
|Famulener, Hughes, Midgley, Shipp, Tamir||2:42||8||3||+5|
|Diggs, Midgley, Paris, Tamir, Wethers||2:23||5||2||+3|
|Hughes, Midgley, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers||2:05||3||3||0|
|Famulener, Shipp, Smith, Tamir, Wethers||2:04||5||6||-1|
|Bond, Hughes, Shipp, Smith, Tamir||1:49||3||2||+1|
|Bond, Famulener, Midgley, Shipp, Tamir||1:43||0||4||-4|
|Bond, Shipp, Smith, Tamir, Wethers||1:33||4||5||-1|
|Diggs, Famulener, Midgley, Paris, Wethers||1:22||5||3||+2|
|Diggs, Famulener, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers||1:20||0||5||-5|
|Diggs, Famulener, Midgley, Tamir, Wethers||1:14||3||5||-2|
|Famulener, Hughes, Shipp, Smith, Tamir||0:54||0||2||-2|
|Paris, Shipp, Smith, Tamir, Wethers||0:52||0||3||-3|
|Diggs, Famulener, Shipp, Smith, Tamir||0:36||0||0||0|
|Famulener, Midgley, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers||0:34||0||0||0|
|Diggs, Hughes, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers||0:14||0||1||-1|
|Diggs, Hughes, Midgley, Tamir, Wethers||0:14||0||2||-2|
Comment: The Famulener/Midgley/Shipp/Tamir/Wethers lineup topped the chart as usual in terms of both playing time and point differential. Hughes appears in quite a few of the top lineups in terms of point differential and did a terrific job along with Famulener of defending Ike Diogu. It was one of Hughes' better defensive efforts of the season and was strong enough to offset one of his milder offensive efforts.
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