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BTI's Rants and Ramblings: Balanced, Big Time Scoring from Cats

Article written by:On3 imageBryan the Intern
I think one of the more surprising trends experienced through 9 games this season has been the big-time scoring efforts from some unexpected places.  Already, 5 different UK players have scored more than 20 points in a game this season, for a total of 8 times.  Kevin Knox and Nick Richards have done it multiple times.  And that also considers Jared Vanderbilt hasn't played yet. So how has that compared to trends in big time scoring with other Cal teams?  You find some really interesting numbers: 2017-18: 5 players, 8 times Knox (3), Richards (2), Diallo (1), Washington (1), Green (1) 2016-17: 5 players, 39 times Monk (19), Fox (10), Briscoe (6), Adebayo (3), Gabriel (1) 2015-16: 6 players, 39 times Murray (18), Ulis (15), Poythress (3), Willis (1), Briscoe (1), Labissiere (1) 2014-15: 4 players, 8 times Towns (2), Aa. Harrison (2), An. Harrison (1), Cauley-Stein (1) 2013-14: 4 players, 27 times Young (9), Aa. Harrison (8), Randle (7), An. Harrison (3) 2012-13: 6 players, 17 times Poythress (6), Goodwin (5), Wiltjer (3), Mays (1), Cauley-Stein (1), Harrow (1) 2011-12: 6 players, 19 times Davis (6), Lamb (5), Jones (4), Gilchrist (2), Teague (1), Wiltjer (1) 2010-11: 5 players, 30 times Knight (14), Jones (8), Lamb (5), Miller (2), Harrellson (1) 2009-10: 5 players, 23 times Wall (8), Patterson (6), Bledsoe (4), Cousins (4), Miller (1) What is interesting is you could argue that Cal's 3 best teams (2010, 2012, and 2015) had 3 of the 4 LOWEST total of 20+ point games.  So while I think it should be an advantage that UK has so many guys that could go off in a game, it also hasn't shown to be an important factor in success.  We will see how this develops over the rest of the season, especially with the competition ramping up in the upcoming weeks.

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2022-06-24