Efficiency Ratings: Arkansas

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. Sam Muldrow produced yet another top 5 performance on the year Wednesday night with a win over Arkansas. The senior now owns four of the top five ratings on the year, check in to see where he ranked Wednesday.

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.

Wednesday's Game:

-Sam Muldrow 26
-Malik Cooke 21
-Ramon Galloway 13
-Lakeem Jackson 9
-Damontre Harris 4
-R.J. Slawson 3
-Bruce Ellington 3
-Stephen Spinella 0
-Eric Smith -3
-Brian Richardson -4

Notes: Sam Muldrow's efficiency rating of 26 was the fourth highest rating of the season. He now owns four of the top five performances of the season. ... Malik Cooke's rating of 21 moved him into No. 2 overall for the season. ... Despite scoring a team-high 21 points, Ramon Galloway only had a rating of 13. ... Muldrow was the only player to shoot above .500. ... The team is off to the best conference start (3-1) since the 2003-04 season - that was also the last time it beat Clemson and the last time the Gamecocks made an NCAA tournament appearance.

Overall Rating (Through 17 Games):

-Sam Muldrow (233) - 13.7 avg.
-Malik Cooke (217) - 12.8
-Lakeem Jackson (211) - 12.4
-Bruce Ellington (176) - 10.4
-Damontre Harris* (106) - 6.6
-Ramon Galloway (90) - 5.3
-Brian Richardson (87) - 5.1
-Johndre Jefferson*** (75) - 5.7
-R.J. Slawson* (51) - 3.2
-Stephen Spinella*** (33) - 2.4
-Eric Smith** (24) - 1.6

Top 5 Performances of the Season:

1. Sam Muldrow (Jan. 4 vs. South Carolina St.) 30
2. Sam Muldrow (Dec. 11 vs. Wofford) 29
3. Lakeem Jackson (Nov. 12 vs. Elon) 27
4. Sam Muldrow (Jan. 19 vs. Arkansas) 26
5. Sam Muldrow (Jan. 8 vs. Vanderbilt) 25

*Denotes how many games a players has missed.

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