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Points per 40 and FSU Preview

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Stats can be used to prove anything (like Jimmy Rollins hitting under .300 and still winning the NL MVP). But today, I hope to prove the worth of some of UF's young players.

In the NBA, stats per 48 minutes is used to see how a player would perform if his production was spread over the course of a game. Let's see how this works out for the Gators over the course of a 40 minute game. (Formula is [points/minutes] x 40.)

Player
Pts.
Mins.
P/40mins
Speights
83
97
34.2
Parsons
63
101
25
Allen
43
80
21.5
Calathes
77
153
20.1
Tyus
37
88
16.8
Hodge
58
143
16.2
Lucas
53
137
15.5
Werner
34
121
11.2
Mitchell
11
60
7.3

You don't have to agree that Allen and Parsons mean more than Calathes and Lucas. But this formula does show you get more bang for your buck with them.

The FSU team the Gators face tonight is a lot different than the one who beat the Gators' B squad last season. Gone is Al Thornton, and while the Noles average 77 ppg, they have lost 2 of 3. One of those losses came to USF, who started this season 0-3. The Gators should win, but like in the Rutgers game, FSU can match them shot for shot.