Efficiency Ratings: Kentucky

As the team goes through the season, we'll track its efficiency game by game to give the fans a more in-depth look at production. A tough first half put South Carolina in a position that was hard to comeback against No. 2 Kentucky, but that didn't stop the team from competing with five Gamecocks recording double-digit efficiency ratings.

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, two seasons ago 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:
-Damontre Harris 16
-R.J. Slawson 11
-Anthony Gill 11
-Damien Leonard 11
-Malik Cooke 10
-Bruce Ellington 4
-Eric Smith 3
-Lakeem Jackson 2
-Carlton Geathers -1
-Brian Richardson -1
Team Rating: 66

Notes: For the second straight game, South Carolina had five players with double-digit ratings. ... Damontre Harris (16) led the team with a rather efficient night considering he only took five shots and no free throws. ... Five of R.J. Slawson's six rebounds were on the offensive end. ... South Carolina had as many offensive rebounds (16) as defensive. ... The Gamecocks outrebounded Kentucky 32-30. South Carolina has now outrebounded the No. 1 rebounding team (UNC) and No. 4 (Kentucky). ... Damien Leonard shot 3 of 6 from 3 and 5 of 8 from the field. The rest of the team was 3 of 16 (18.8 percent) from 3 and 20 of 56 (35.7 percent) from the field.

Last Game's Ratings:
-R.J. Slawson 22
-Lakeem Jackson 17
-Malik Cooke 16
-Anthony Gill 12
-Damontre Harris 10
-Damien Leonard 9
-Eric Smith 8
-Bruce Ellington 8
-Brenton Williams 6
-Carlton Geathers 4
-Brian Richardson -2
-Shane Phillips** -4
Team Rating: 106

Overall: (average per game)
-Malik Cooke 217 (14.5)
-Damontre Harris 161 (10.7)
-Anthony Gill 155 (10.3)
-R.J. Slawson 140 (9.3)
-Lakeem Jackson 114 (7.6)
-Bruce Ellington******* 45 (5.6)
-Eric Smith 75 (5)
-Damien Leonard 47 (3.1)
-Carlton Geathers 42 (2.8)
-Brenton Williams******* 22 (2.8)
-Brian Richardson 26 (1.7)

*-Denotes amount of games missed.

Top 5 individual performances:
1. Malik Cooke 27 (vs. USC Upstate - 12/31)
2. Malik Cooke 25 (vs. Providence - 12/1)
T3. Malik Cooke 23 (vs. Mississippi Valley St. - 11/22) R.J. Slawson 23 (vs. North Carolina - 11/25) Malik Cooke 23 (vs. Ohio State - 12/17)

Top 3 team performances:
1. 106 (vs. South Carolina State - 1/3)
2. 93 (vs. Western Carolina - 11/11)
3. 79 (vs. Presbyterian - 12/13)

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