Wednesday, November 21, 2012
10 top water-cooler facts on 138-point game
By ESPN Stats & Information
The world is abuzz talking about the unfathomable 138-point game by some kid from a college in rural Iowa.
That kid's name is Jack Taylor from Grinnell and here are our 10 best, most water-cooler-worthy nuggets we could find on his one-of-a-kind game.
1. With his 138 points, Taylor's scoring average rose from 23.5 PPG to 61.7 PPG. He had scored a total of 47 points in Grinnell's first two games of the season. He was 6-34 from three-point range in those games.
2. If you were to take away his 71 three-point attempts and his 10 free-throw attempts in Tuesday night's game, Taylor still would have scored 50 points on 25-37 shooting.
3. Taylor had 80 points in the second half alone. The last Division-I team to score that many in a second half was VMI on November 29, 2010 when they scored 85 against Central Pennsylvania College.
4. Taylor played 36 minutes, averaging exactly 3 FGA per minute. He missed 56 shots, which matches the most misses by any D-I team this season (North Carolina A&T was 10-66 vs. Cincinnati on November 18).
5. If Taylor went scoreless in his next six games, he'd still be averaging more than 20 PPG on the season (20.6).
6. Taylor hoisted 108 shots while his teammates combined for just 28 shots. His teammates shot 57 percent on those shots while he shot 48 percent.
7. Taylor used 69 percent of his team's possessions. In Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game, he used 47 percent of his team's possessions. In Kobe Bryant's 81-point game, he used 51 percent of the Lakers' possessions.
8. In the two highest-scoring games of his NBA career, Michael Jordan combined for 133 points (69 in 1990 and 64 in 1993).
9. Faith Baptist Bible turned the ball over on 41 percent of their possessions and had two players with 15 turnovers or more each. It had four players with turnover percentages over 60 percent.
10. Faith Baptist Bible's David Larson scored 70 points on 34-of-44 shooting, which might be more impressive than Taylor's 138 points on 108 shot attempts. Floor percentage is a stat that measures how many of the player’s possessions resulted in him scoring at least one point. Larson's floor percentage was 70 percent while Taylor was "only" 63.
Contributions by Jason McCallum, Dean Oliver, Ryan Feldman and others within ESPN Stats & Information Group.