|Zaire Taylor||19.94||0.66||17 Pts, 3 Ast, 3 Reb|
|J.T. Tiller||15.00||0.50||10 Pts, 4 Reb (3 Off), 4 Ast, 3 Stl|
|Keith Ramsey||12.10||0.81||4 Pts, 4 Reb (2 Off), 2 Stl, 2 Blk|
|DeMarre Carroll||11.93||0.33||17 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Stl|
|Kim English||8.18||0.58||8 Pts|
|Matt Lawrence||7.67||0.33||10 Pts, 3 Reb|
|Leo Lyons||4.94||0.20||12 Pts, 6 Reb (2 Off), 4 TO|
|Marcus Denmon||2.22||0.20||5 Pts|
|Justin Safford||-0.68||-0.17||0 Pts|
|Miguel Paul||-3.07||-0.26||0 Pts|
EqPts = a take-off of the Net Equivalent Points idea discussed last week. Taking points, assists, rebounds (offensive & defensive), steals, blocks, turnovers and fouls into account, the team's points are re-distributed to figure out who had the biggest impact on the game itself, instead of just how many balls a player put through a basket. I can go into detail on the formula if anybody asks, but for now just know that that was the intent.
- Zaire Taylor: "Hello, world!" Just an outstanding game from him today, especially in the last couple of minutes.
- And yet, Taylor got smoked in per-minute stats by Keith Ramsey, who officially became my favorite Tiger today. Blocks on consecutive break-out layups...a couple nice steals, 2-for-2 from the field, two offensive rebounds...dude fills up the stat sheet in every way possible. He's not very thick, but he's offering a bit of hope for Tiger fans worried about what happens next year when DeMarre and Leo are gone.
- As I mentioned in the comments thread, Ramsey has turned into a 6'9 version of J.T. Tiller, who also had a very Tiller-like game today. Tiller and Ramsey only combined for 14 points, so they're obviously not candidates for showing up on the ESPN ticker or anything, but...5 offensive rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals between the two of them.
- Miguel Paul continues to experience some severe growing pains, and Marcus Denmon looked out of rhythm today, but Kimmie English stepped up and nailed a couple big-time 3's in the second half. Oh yeah, and Matt Lawrence, the Grey Goose himself, ended up making three of six 3's, including a late dagger.
Versus 'Real' Teams to Date
|Points Per Minute
|Points Per Possession (PPP)
|Points Per Shot (PPS)
|(Assists + Steals) / TO||2.41||0.98|
|Expected Offensive Rebounds||66||60|
|Eq. Rebound Margin||+3||+10|
- Five games against "real" teams (Xavier, USC, Cal, Illinois, Georgia), 101 forced turnovers. I'll take that.
- Mizzou is certainly getting outrebounded by "real" teams, but only by a 1.4-per-game clip in terms of expected rebounds, which is quite nice. Could be a lot worse in the end.
- Thanks to today's game, Mizzou is now making a higher percentage of free throws than their opponents. How in the hell that happens, I have no idea.
- With a lot of newbies on the court, I'm very happy with Mizzou's 11.6 turnovers per game average. I expected worse, and it's been a very pleasant surprise...especially considering seniors DeMarre and Leo have accounted for almost half of them (27 of 58). The newbies have only accounted for 25 turnovers (11 from Miguel Paul).
|DeMarre Carroll||15.53||0.52||17.6 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 2.2 SPG, 1.4 APG|
|J.T. Tiller||14.07||0.55||9.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 4.0 APG, 2.4 SPG|
|Leo Lyons||12.96||0.51||16.0 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.8 APG|
|Zaire Taylor||8.94||0.32||8.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 2.2 APG|
|Keith Ramsey||6.53||0.50||3.4 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.2 BPG, 1.2 APG|
|Marcus Denmon||4.85||0.30||5.4 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.0 APG|
|Kim English||4.50||0.31||7.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG|
|Matt Lawrence||3.58||0.18||5.4 PPG, 2.2 RPG|
|Laurence Bowers||3.25||0.65||2.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG|
|Justin Safford||1.52||0.15||2.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG|
- I've been as big a Laurence Bowers proponent as there is, but as long as Keith Ramsey continues to play like he has, then Ramsey's minutes aren't available--Justin Safford, on the other hand, better be careful, else he will lose some of his minutes.
- On a per-minute basis, it appears the most productive starting lineup would be Taylor, Tiller, English, Lyons and Carroll (with Ramsey just barely on the outside looking in--I'm not counting Bowers here because he's only played 10 minutes). The Grey Goose has acquitted himself pretty well recently, but English still contributes more to the box score.
I guess we're officially done with football season and on to basketball season, as the nicknames are forming quickly. So here's your pre-conference season primer:
Matt Lawrence: The Grey Goose
Kim English: Mr. Courvoissier
Zaire Taylor: Kanye