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BMK: The unsung stud of off-eff

I was looking through NCAAB player stats on Statsheet and something very peculiar jumped out at me. There, ranked #1 in the Big East in offensive efficiency, was our very own Baye (Moussa) Keita. Looking closer, it appears that BMK is #8 in the nation (133.7) in this rating and #2 in Floor Pct (68.9). After all the earlier talk of Southerland being our off-eff stud, this surprised me, and I delved a little further to figure out why BMK is such a beast in this category.

According to Statsheet, Offensive efficiency is defined as the points per 100 possessions. A possession is the number of times the player controls the basketball. More basically, OE is the average amount of points scored by a basketball player per shot taken, including FTs and missed FGs. Also of note is that it doesn't take into consideration minimum playing time or shots taken. Looking at his stats, it's easy to see how he could be so studly. This year he is 23-31 74.2% for FGs and 15-20 75% from the line (a big man with FT skills?). So he is making the most of his limited time, despite his concrete mitts. (Of note is that I can't get the math to come up with 133.7, and I noticed other sites reporting different numbers, but in the same range.) Southerland is currently ranked 62nd in the land with a rating of 123.69, but this has been dropping as a result of his recent 3 point shooting swoon. Something that seems to be more prevalent is very similar to the OE rating, called points per shot (PPS) where you take FG point total and FT point total and divide it by shot attempts. Keita's is 1.2. By comparison, Dion's PPS is 0.98 and Southerland's is 1.07.

A stat that I knew nothing about is Floor%, for which Baye is holding down the #2 ranking in all of America. Floor percentage, again according to Statsheet, is the "ratio of scoring possessions to total possessions--you can think of it as the percentage of possessions that result in a point being scored." If you consider BMK has had 51 possessions, he has scored 23 FGs and 15 FTs, so he's scored 61 points on 51 possessions. This is again very similar to PPS, although I'm not really sure why it's called Floor Pct. BMK is sandwiched between some pretty good freshmen in this category, with UK's Anthony Davis leading the way, and IU's Cody Zeller coming in at #3.

So hold your head high, Baye. Know that when you're not stone-handing an incoming pass, you're getting the job done. (I looked up turnovers, and he's only credited for 9 this year, which seems kinda low.)

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