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.
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.
—- Patrick Stevens