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Game Plus/Minus | VT 96, uncg 87

Wow, check out the plus/minus from Monday night’s 9-point win over the spartans.  It will surprise you (or at least it surprised me).

@uncg Season Mins/Game
Player +/- +/-  
Green 8 83 34.8
Brown 21 80 29.5
Eddie -3 56 33.5
Barksdale 11 46 19
Raines -5 32 24.3
van Zegeren 10 27 15
Wood -3 27 20.8
Johnston 1 8 13.3
Beyer - -5 1
Donlon - -5 1
Rankin 5 -11 5.5
Patrick - -13 6.7
Racer - -18 1.7
TEAM 9 61  

Eddie had a career night, shooting lights out.  He was 7/9 on FGs, 5/5 on 3s, and 9/10 on FTs.  Yet he had a negative plus/minus.  What does that tell you?  Well, there are a couple of possibilities.

  1. Eddie didn’t play that great on the defensive end and Simpson for unc-g was more or less matching him on points (25 points); OR
  2. Tech wasn’t playing very good defensive when Eddie was in, especially guarding the perimeter and the defensive glass (unc-g had 11 made 3-pointers and 11 offensive rebounds but I don’t have the breakdown of those of when Eddie was in); OR
  3. The Hokies would have lost handily if not for Eddie’s scoring.

The nature of plus/minus tells you that you can rule out #3.  If Eddie was carrying the team, then you’d expect his teammates to have similar plus/minus numbers.  But Green had a +8, Barksdale, who got benched at the end in favor of Marshall Wood (-3) had a +11, and Robert Brown had an insane +21.  So while Eddie was vital to the Tech win and was clutch down the stretch, you have to wonder how much his defense cost the Hokies, though he did draw the spartans’ best player.  You could argue that Brown, van Zegeren, and Barksdale were in when Simpson wasn’t, but I can’t prove that.

And maybe Barksdale isn’t playing as bad as we thought – he had a solid 6 rebounds, 5 points, and 2 blocks in 22 minutes and a +11.  He does appear to be working hard on defense and has a +46 on the season despite playing less than half the game on average.

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  • RK in Roanoke

    Hmmm. The recap sounds like UNCG made a couple of runs in each half. Whoever was on the floor for those runs, and got rested after them, would probably have a minus.
    Green essentially played the whole game so his +/- is going to be close to the final margin.

    Haven’t watched the espn3 yet, but now I will look to see who was on the floor during the runs. Did we go small, etc?
    Any one stat for one game can be misleading.

    • Niemo

      I think the runs were a by-product of lazy perimeter defense (on Armstrong – dude is built like a tank and couldn’t get more than 3 inches off the ground), us not getting 3-pointers, and Simpson getting hot (Eddie was in his face on two 3s and he still nailed them).

      • RK in Roanoke

        Cool, I could have played for unc-g. I can’t jump off a magazine, but I can hit an open 21 footer.

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