When I was looking through some box scores recently, I started to wonder if a Virginia player had fouled out at all this season. After doing some research, I found that a Virginia player has not fouled out in a game since March 1 of last season, when Assane Sene fouled out in a win over NC State.
Speaking of Virginia, I know Tony Bennett gets a lot of heat for his style of play, and how boring and plodding it can be. And I understand the argument. The Cavs have scored 70 points in a game five times this year. But I did find worse. Boston College has only hit the 70 point barrier three times this year. In fact, they average four fewer points per game than Virginia does. I'm not trying to necessarily knock on BC's style of play, because the Eagles have shot 40% from the field as a team this year, while Virginia is at 46%.
I never realized how many awful free throw shooters there were in the ACC. I found six players who shoot under 50% at the free throw line this year. Here's the list, in no particular order:
John Henson, UNC 44%
Bernard James, FSU 49%
Mason Plumlee, Duke 47%
Berend Weijs, Maryland 38%
T.J. Sapp, Clemson 42%
Kammeon Hosley, Georgia Tech 44%
If I wanted to add in players who shoot under 60%, this list could have been easily doubled or tripled. And as you can tell, it's not all just forwards and centers. There are a few guards who are bad at the free throw line.
If you are a follower of tempo based stats, you are familiar with the +/- stat that measures a player's impact when they are on the court. If you look at it on a per game basis, there are 10 players in the ACC that are above 10.0, and all but two play for UNC and Virginia. UNC owns the first four spots, and five of the top six spots. I would have never guessed who is fifth in the ACC in this category: Trey Mckinney-Jones of Miami. His stat line doesn't wow you (seven points and four rebounds per game), but when you really research his stats, he's actually a very efficient player.He's among the top 3-4 on Miami in a lot of the tempo based stats.