Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Bracket of Great Teams; Stat Leaders Nash, Allen, Cowens, Webber, Howard

 The first four Value Add Basketball Game of our "Teams with Great All-Time Players" all have been decided by fewer than seven points. Our top two seeds advanced to the Elite 8 - but both barely avoided upsets. Because it is a 26-team tournament some teams still need to win two more games to make the Elite 8. We thought there was a big gap between the top eight seeds and the worse seeds, but the narrow wins question that premise.

We also list the leading performers in points, blocked shots, steals and rebounds. The best overall performances were Florida State's Dave Cowens (6.0 blocks, 6.0 steals, 9.0 rebounds), Michigan's Chris Webber (5.0 blocks, 3.0 steals, 8.0 rebounds) and Louisiana Tech's Karl Malone (21.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.5 steals). The only two averaging more points than Malone's 21.0 points per game were Santa Clara's Steve Nash (33.0) and UConn's Ray Allen (30.0). 

The following are notable leaders.
Shot Block Leaders                         Team                                      Gms      Blk
Dave CowensFlorida St. 196826.0
Chris WebberMichigan 199315.0
Travis KnightConnecticut 199614.0
Robert ParishCentenary (LA) 197614.0
Steals Leaders TeamGmsStl
Dave CowensFlorida St. 196826.0
Ray AllenConnecticut 199614.0
Chris WebberMichigan 199313.0
Karl MaloneLouisiana Tech 198522.5
Robert ParishCentenary (LA) 197612.0
Rebound Leaders TeamGmsReb
Juwan HowardMichigan 1993113.0
Robert ParishCentenary (LA) 1976110.0
Dave CowensFlorida St. 196829.0
Chris WebberMichigan 199318.0
Karl MaloneLouisiana Tech 198527.5
Scoring Leaders TeamGmsPts
Steve NashSanta Clara 1996133.0
Ray AllenConnecticut 1996130.0
Karl MaloneLouisiana Tech 1985221.0
Robert GodboltLouisiana Tech 1985217.5
Jalen RoseMichigan 1993117.0
Doron ShefferConnecticut 1996117.0
Dave CowensFlorida St. 1968215.5
Barry McLeodCentenary (LA) 1976115.0
Kirk KingConnecticut 1996114.0
Marlon GarnettSanta Clara 1996113.0

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