Here are the plus/minus* numbers for each Hokie from Tuesday’s 87-82 win over wvu:
STARTERS (minutes played in parenthesis):
- Wilson (34): +16
- Wood (22): +11
- Eddie (23): +5
- Raines (16): +3
- Smith (33): +2
- TOTAL: +37
- Beyer (13): +13 (VT outscored wvu 5 of the 6 times he was in the game)
- Emelogu (30): +2
- Thompson (17): -6
- Johnston (3): -6
- van Zegeren (9): -15 (VT was outscored all 5 times he was in the game)
- TOTAL: -12
It seemed like the bench was a big key in this game but they actually had poor plus/minus numbers, while the starters all had positive numbers, especially our freshman point guard Devin Wilson with a team-high +16. Beyer really shined today with a +13 off the bench in 13 critical minutes for Raines and JvZ who were both in constant foul trouble. Beyer had just 3 points but you see how this can be deceiving based on his +/- (and 5 rebounds).
JvZ had a really rough game with 5 fouls in 9 minutes and a -15.
*About Plus/Minus: For those of you not familiar with plus/minus, it tracks how the score of the game fluctuates while a given player is in the game (their personal score differential).
Example: if a starter goes out for the first time with his team up 5, his +/- for that stretch was +5. If he comes in with his team up 10 and he exits with his team up 7, his +/- falls to +2 for the game since it was -3 during that second stint in the game. You add up the score differential for the entire game for while a player was in, and there you have it. Your own points and other stats are not taken into account at all (other than affecting the score). So if you score 30 but your team gives up a ton while you are in there, it compensates for that. The NBA loves this stat.