Efficiency Ratings: Western Kentucky

As the team dredges through the season, we plan to track its efficiency game by game to give the fans a more in-depth look at production. Two gamecocks produced two of the most efficient outings on the young season as USC defeated Western Kentucky 87-85 in double overtime on Saturday night. Take a step inside Gamecock Anthem to see who they were and where they ranked.

A quick way NBA coaches measure a player's game performance is by evaluating his efficiency. In order to find a player's efficiency the following formula is used:

((Points + Rebounds + Assists + Steals + Blocks) - ((Field Goals Att. - Field Goals Made) + (Free Throws Att. - Free Throws Made) + Turnovers)).

For example, compare the following stat lines:

Player A: 17 points (5-of-22 FG, 7-9 FT), 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 4 turnovers.

Player B: 15 points (5-8 FG, 3-4 FT), 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 turnovers

Who had the better game? Using the NBA formula player B, who hit five of eight shots and committed two turnovers registered a +20 efficiency total while Player A who missed 17 shots and had four turnovers had just a +11 rating.

For reference, according to the Scout.com Duke site, last year LeBron James posted the two most efficient games of the season with a +54 (37 points on 11-of-17 FG & 9-10 FT, 12 rebounds, 11 assist, 2 steals, 1 block, and 2 turnovers) and +50 (40 points on 16-of-23 FG & 6-6 FT, 8 rebounds, 8 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks, and 2 turnovers) rating.

Saturday's Game:

-Lakeem Jackson (11)
-Malik Cooke (15)
-Brian Richardson (8)
-Stephen Spinella (-2)
-Sam Muldrow (14)
-Bruce Ellington (19)
-R.J. Slawson (0)
-Johndre Jefferson (5)
-Damontre Harris (7)
-Ramon Galloway (17)
-Eric Smith (0)

Notes: Bruce Ellington had the most positive points anyone had all season, but with 14 misses and six turnovers, he got a lot of negatives. Still, he's a cold blooded player that doesn't play like a true freshman. He makes some tough shots in the clutch. Nonetheless, the freshman still tied Lakeem Jackson for the second most efficient night by an SC player this season. Ramon Galloway tied the fourth best output of the season with by far his best output of the season. He also led the team in scoring with 22 points. Galloway really carried the team in overtime, and it showed in the stat sheet. This outing raised his rating to 8.0 a game, and this will probably spark his confidence after a slow start to the season coming off his offseason injury. He is now the No. 2 scorer on the After getting off to a blistering start, Stephen Spinella has now put up two negative performances in a row.

Overall Rating (Through 5 Games):

-Lakeem Jackson (67) - 13.4 avg.
-Malik Cooke (58) - 11.6
-Bruce Ellington (50) - 10
-Brian Richardson (46) - 9.2
-Sam Muldrow (42) - 8.4
-Ramon Galloway (40) - 8
-Johndre Jefferson (38) - 7.6
-Damontre Harris (35) - 7
-R.J. Slawson (31) - 6.2
-Stephen Spinella (30) - 6
-Eric Smith (4) - .8

Top 5 Performances of the Season:

1. Lakeem Jackson (Nov. 12 vs. Elon) - 27
2. Lakeem Jackson (Nov. 23 vs. USC-Upstate) 19
2. Bruce Ellington (Nov. 27 vs. Western Kentucky) 19
4. Stephen Spinella (Nov. 19 vs. Radford) - 17
4. Ramon Galloway (Nov. 27 vs. Western Kentucky) 17

It's worth a note that once lineups begin to shape out and the schedules start to strengthen that minutes will pickup for certain players. Production will then increase severely for those players, and you won't see a balance of production like there has been.

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