The Washington Times - December 22, 2009, 11:49PM

There’s one time-tested, sure-fire way to pump up a season-long plus-minus number in college basketball.

Namely, be on the court a whole lot in 40-point routs.

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All of Maryland’s regulars pulled that off tonight in a 98-55 demolition of Winston-Salem State, so it’s tough to read too much into any of these numbers.

But a couple guys stood out.

First, Jordan Williams was an efficient +29 in 18 minutes, and his 12-point, eight-rebound effort was every bit as good as it looks on paper.

Also, Cliff Tucker was +20 in 17 minutes, a virtuoso performance for a guy who has seemed lost at times in the early stages of the season. If it only takes one game to shake a guy out of a slump, this might be the one Tucker needed to get situated correctly going forward.

A fascinating season-long number is the remarkable similarity in per-minute plus-minus of all of Maryland’s major contributors. Greivis Vasquez and Eric Hayes are at .38, while James Padgett is at .44. That’s a tiny gap, considering there’s now 10 games of data to work with.

Anyway, here’s the rundown from tonight’s game, with updated season numbers.

 

PlayerWSSU   Season  
Per Min.   
1-Milbourne+31
+1200.40
5-Hayes+22
+1160.38
11-Choi-2
00.00
14-Mosley+34
+1340.42
15-Levent-2+10.10
20-Williams+29
+950.43
21-Vasquez  
+38
+1180.38
22-Bowie+17+640.40
23-PearmanINJ+40.44
24-Tucker+20+560.42
25-GoinsINJ-1-0.25
33-Gregory+17+210.40
35-Padgett+11
+640.44

 

Patrick Stevens