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NIT: Closing the books with efficiency numbers



The 75th NIT is ready for the archives. Stanford imposed their defense en route to a 75-51 rout of Minnesota in the championship. Here, a quick look at the Manley/NBA efficiency numbers. Each player with at least ten minutes of action was accounted for.

Stanford

Efficiency

Minnesota

Efficiency

A. Bright

20

Aus. Hollins

12

J. Mann

17

R. Williams

11

B. Randle

12

J. Coleman

11

A. Brown

12

A. Ingram

8

C. Powell

12

J. Welch

5

A. Zimmerman

8

D. Eliason

0

J. Huestis

8

C. Armelin

-2

J. Owens

7

And. Hollins

-3

The most valuable, or in this case, most outstanding players usually is the one that has a big championship game. Aaron Bright certainly filled the bill. The 5-11 sophomore came off the bench in the first half providing an offensive spark to give Stanford some ‘separation’ in what was a close contest. Bright logged 25 minutes but they were significant as he tied Chasson Randle for game scoring honors with 15 points while handing out 6 assists. Plus, providing an immeasurable lift to his teammates.

All-Tournament:

MOP- Aaron Bright, Stanford

Terrence Ross, Washington

Rodney Williams, Minnesota

Andre Hollins, Minnesota

Josh Owens, Stanford

Yours truly was one of the voters and in a somewhat of a rare occasion, my picks completely agreed with the outcome. Owens had a relatively quiet final (8 points, 3 rebounds) but put up a game high 23 efficiency in the semifinal win over UMASS. Owens, a 6-8 senior, had a 15 point, 12 rebound, 3 steal effort against the Minutemen.

Ross scored a game high 21 points in the overtime loss to Minnesota in the semis. His efficiency number was a productive 17 but actually trailed teammate Darnell Gant (12 points and 19 efficiency). Ross was hindered by 7 of 19 shooting and 4 turnovers.

A record of sorts. Andre Hollins of Minnesota posted negative numbers in the final. He shot 1 of 3, scored 4 points and had zero assists and 5 turnovers. The all-tournament honors often see voters, as myself, look at more than just the final. Hollins had a good tournament and the freshman guard scored a team high 20 points with 5 assists in that win over Washington. Among the Minnesota team, Hollins efficiency of 16 only trailed that of Williams (18) in that semifinal triumph.

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