Wow -- talk about a game where the plus/minus stats meshed perfectly with what was observable. I votd for Nolan Smith for MOTM long before I saw the plus/minus stuff, and I kept yelling at the TV to get him in the game whenever he was out. But +17 in a game Duke won by 6? That's incredible! Back when he was starting during the first half of the season, his plus/minus was fantastic. A lot of that was due to the fact that there was a big drop-off when Paulus would come in, and Smith would benefit while the guys who played the biggest minutes would suffer. Today, it was the same sort of thing with Smith/Williams.
Speakng of Paulus, big props for his +9. When Duke went really small to combat Maryland's sagging defense, it was a terrific move. And Paulus did a nice job as part of those lineups. Dave's numbers matched his impact, and Williams and Thomas had pretty bad stats, as you'd expect. In fact, the starting lineup as a group -- yikes! Fortunately, that was the only group to post a negative plus/minus rating.
Finally, it's getting pretty easy to calculate Singler's plus/minus since, you know, he never comes out of the game. Anyway, on to the numbers ...
Jon Scheyer 57-54 (+3)
Elliot Williams 12-19 (-7)
Gerald Henderson 55-56 (-1)
Kyle Singler 67-61 (+6)
Lance Thomas 14-21 (-7)
Nolan Smith 62-45 (+17)
Greg Paulus 20-11 (+9)
David McClure 44-36 (+8)
Brian Zoubek 4-2 (+2)
Per 40 Minutes
Brian Zoubek +80
Greg Paulus +51.4
Nolan Smith +22.7
David McClure +13.9
Kyle Singler +6
Jon Scheyer +3.2
Gerald Henderson -1.2
Elliot Williams -18.7
Lance Thomas -20
Paulus-Smith-Scheyer-McClure-Singler 5-2 (+3)
Paulus-Smith-Scheyer-Henderson-Singler 5-2 (+3)
Smith-Scheyer-Henderson-McClure-Singler (x3) 31-29 (+2)
Smith-Scheyer-Williams-Singler-Thomas 5-3 (+2)
Smith-Scheyer-Henderson-Singler-Thomas 4-2 (+2)
Paulus-Smith-Henderson-Singler-Zoubek 4-2 (+2)
Smith-Scheyer-Williams-McClure-Singler 2-0 (+2)
Paulus-Smith-Henderson-McClure-Singler 6-5 (+1)
Scheyer-Williams-Henderson-McClure-Singler 0-0 (0)
Scheyer-Williams-Henderson-Singler-Thomas (x3) 5-16 (-11)
.....that we're settling in on fewer lineup changes now that we're closing in on the end of the season. All those lineups for the early games must have been a nightmare for you to keep up with.
Interesting that all the + lineups contained both Smith and Singler. Of course, since he never comes out, all the - lineups (1 total) contained Singler as well!