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SI’s Luke Winn gives Cal all sorts of awards

Over at, stat guru Luke Winn finally released his end-of-the-year awards, and not surprisingly, Cal and the Cats are near the top.

For the full season, Winn says Cal was the most efficient coach, the most dominant coach, and the one who had the most success with the least experience. If you’re keeping count at home, that’s three of the eight awards. In order to get you to click over, here’s just one of the glowing superlatives:

6. Dominating One’s League: John Calipari, Kentucky

Basketball Prospectus’ John Gasaway tracks in-conference efficiency numbers all season in his Tuesday Truths, and the Wildcats’ efficiency margin in SEC games was an absurd +0.26 points per possession — better than any other leader of any other conference. They steamrolled, rather than tightrope-walked, their way to a 16-0 record in the SEC. For comparison, Syracuse (long the nation’s No. 2 team) had an efficiency margin of +0.16 in the Big East, and Kansas (UK’s title-game opponent) had a margin of +0.18 in the Big 12.

Pretty nice, eh? In terms of the postseason, Winn says Cal and his team had the best offensive tournament, thanks to their half-court offense and the superb stability of senior Darius Miller:

2. Best Offensive Tournament: John Calipari, Kentucky

Would you believe that Wisconsin actually had the best average offensive NEM (25.6) in the NCAAs, just ahead of the Wildcats (25.4)? The Badgers did, but their run ended at three games, which falls below the Data-Based Awards’ minimum for official recognition … so yet another honor goes to Mr. Calipari. He earned it, in large part, by orchestrating an absurd offensive performance against Indiana in the Sweet 16 — a game in which Kentucky posted tourney bests in PPP (1.401) and offensive NEM (44.8). In back-to-back games in the NCAAs, the Wildcats handed Iowa State and Indiana their worst PPP-allowed figures of the season.

According to Synergy, of teams that played at least four tourney games, Kentucky had the best half-court offense (0.975 PPP) and the second-best After-Timeout Efficiency (0.975). Neither of those facts are surprising, but this one is: Of the Wildcats’ six rotation players, it was senior reserve Darius Miller who had the best individual offensive efficiency rating in the tournament, averaging 1.273 PPP. Kentucky players, in order of tourney efficiency: Miller, Doron Lamb, Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Marquis Teague. Miller was almost forgotten amid all the one-and-done mania, but he had a phenomenal postseason.

Not too shabby for someone who just rolls the balls out, right?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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15 Comments for SI’s Luke Winn gives Cal all sorts of awards

  1. mocha
    11:26 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    well deserved.

  2. MN CAT
    11:30 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t think Cat fans will be surprised at all that Miller was the most efficient of the bunch.

  3. 2020
    11:33 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    What’s NEM?

  4. Another Perspective
    11:45 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Coach Cal is a great ball roller.

  5. Ridge Runner
    11:51 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Long overdue recognition for our coach! Excellent.

    This is an indirect example of what winning the championship can do for him and yes, I know he trys to play it down, be humble, etc.. -but, for some of the national media to finally be forced to give him what we already knew (by way of recognition)…it takes a championship to do so.

    In Cal we trust!

  6. Greg
    11:56 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    well stated ridge runner.

  7. HeshimuEvans'2ndGradeTeacher
    12:05 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t wait for next month’s college basketball awards to be given out! When’s this gonna stop?

  8. bluefan
    12:12 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Go Coach! Love how much he’s enjoying the trophy and all that comes with it.

  9. funky pathogen
    1:09 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    What do you say? Think we got the right guy in Cal three years ago?

  10. Anthony Davis Has A Posse
    1:19 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    I still say that, at the beginning of the next televised practice, Cal needs to walk to the ball rack, remove a couple of balls, roll them onto the court, and then go grab some Orange Leaf just to mess with everybody.

  11. anthony
    1:24 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    if not for miller our season would not have so good

  12. RYNO
    1:49 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    I love that he points out Miller’s significant contribution to this team’s post-season success. Go back and watch that Iowa State game again to see probably the clearest example of how much he impacted the game. Just an unbelievable performance. Next year’s team will miss his presence greatly, not because of all the cliches, “senior leadership”, “glue-guy”, etc. but because I believe he truly was the 2nd most important player on this team because of all the things he did (#1 isn’t really debatable). I can’t wait to see how he does at the next level.

  13. Tobias Funke
    1:54 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Miller time baby!! I’ll never forget him. I’m 30 and he’s my favorite player of all time, hands down.

  14. MKG Fan
    2:39 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    How was Cal not everyone’s coach of the year?