The Washington Times - December 5, 2009, 02:11PM

There is an exceptionally nifty addition to Navy’s basketball game notes: A game-by-game look at plus-minus.

Loyal readers know of my affinity for the stat in basketball, which certainly isn’t an end-all, be-all. But it has its purposes, and if a team is unusually good or unusually bad with one player on the floor, this is a way to detect that pattern beyond instinct.

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So with that in mind, it’s actually possible to dissect the Mids’ play not just for a single game but also over the course of the season.

Toss in the data from last night’s 73-67 victory over Penn, and it makes for a worthy midafternoon blog post:

Player vs. PENN  
Season  
Per Min.
1-Connolly 0 -5 -0.11
2-Blair 0 -3 -0.19
5-Harris -1 +4 0.01
10-Brown +6 -1 -0.01
15-Garcia +5 -7 -0.03
21-Topercer 0 -8 -0.13
23-Avworo +4 -9 -0.04
25-Sugars +6 -16 -0.06
31-Banos DNP +1 0.25
32-Brooks 0 -22 -0.69
33-Newsome  
0 -8 -0.13
40-Wilson 0 +7 0.12
44-Veazey +10 +7 0.04

Patrick Stevens