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Kentucky Leads NCAA In Efficiency Differential At +32.6

Mar 4, 2015 3:29 PM

When Kentucky won the national championship in 2012 with a team built around Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Terrence Jones, they finished the season with an efficiency differential of +24.8.

The Wildcats scored 114.4 points per 100 possessions while giving up just 89.5. Kentucky lost just two games that season (Indiana and Vanderbilt).

This season, John Calipari's team has an efficiency differential of +32.6. Kentucky is scoring 114.0 points per 100 possessions and have been even better on defense by allowing 81.4 points per 100 possessions.

Kentucky figures to play at least some closer games during the SEC Tournament and NCAA Tournament, which could reduce the efficiency differential, but it will likely remain significantly better than their very good 11-12 season.

Season-by-Season Efficiency Differential Leader (Major Conference)
2014: Louisville (+28.7)
2013: Florida (+26.8)
2012: Kentucky (+24.8)
2011: Ohio State (+27.0)
2010: Kansas (+24.7)

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Mar 4, 2015 2:36 PM

Kevin Pangos of Gonzaga has been named the 2015 West Coast Conference Player of the Year.

Joining Pangos on the WCC All-Conference First Team are Jared Brownridge, Kerry Carter, Kyle Collinsworth, Stacy Davis, Johnny Dee, Tyler Haws, Przemek Karnowski, Brad Waldow and Kyle Wiltjer.

Wiltjer was also named Newcomer of the Year.

Gary Bell Jr. was naed Defensive Player of the Year.

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Phil Jackson has been fined by the NBA for his public comment on D'Angelo Russell of Ohio State.

It is immediately unclear how much money the Knicks were fined.

Upon leaving Ohio State's game on Thursday night in Columbus, Jackson told Cleveland.com that Russell was a "great looking kid, [a] great prospect."

 

League officials are not allowed to make public comments on college underclassmen.

Around the NBA, front-office executives were surprised Jackson would violate the rule, given that it is a well-known rule that his peers understand has to be observed. 

 

The NBA fined Phil Jackson $25,000 for tampering with Derek Fisher when he was still a player with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Joining Payne on the All-OVC First Team are Craig Bradshaw, Eric Stutz, Corey Walden and Jarvis Williams.

Walden was also named Defensive Player of the Year.

Cornell Johnston of Eastern Illinois won Freshman of the Year honors.

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Seth Tuttle, Brenton Scott Headline 2015 Missouri Valley Awards

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Joining Tuttle on the MVC All-Conference First Team are Ron Baker, D.J. Balentine, Egidijus Mockevicius and Fred Van Vleet.

Tekele Cotton was named Defensive Player of the Year, while Brenton Scott won Freshman of the Year honors. Newcomer of the Year went to DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell.

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Joining Cannon on the All-NEC First Team are Earl Brown, Marcus Burton, Brent Jones and Dyami Starks.

Amdy Fall won Defensive Player of the Year honors, while Marcquise Reed of Robert Morris was named Rookie of the Year.

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Keifer Sykes, Paris Bass Headline 2015 Horizon League Awards

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Keifer Sykes of Green Bay has been named the 2015 Horizon League Player of the Year.

Joining Sykes on the Horizon All-League First Team are Kahlil Felder, Anton Grady, Trey Lewis and Alec Peters.

Vashil Fernandez of Valparaiso was named Defensive Player of the Year.

Paris Bass of Detroit won Newcomer of the Year honors.

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Karl Cochran, Devin Sibley Headline 2015 SoCon Awards

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Karl Cochran of Wofford has been named the 2015 Southern Conference Player of the Year.

Joining Cochran on the All-SoCon First Team (Media) are Casey Jones, Ashton Moore, Jalen Riley and James Sinclair.

Devin Sibley of Furman received Freshman of the Year honors, while Justin Tuoyo was named Defensive Player of the Year.

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Ty Greene Headlines 2015 Atlantic Sun Awards

Mar 3, 2015 12:50 AM

Ty Greene of USC Upstate has been named the 2015 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year.

Joining Greene on the First Team All-Atlantic Sun are Beau Beech, Brett Comer, Dallas Moore and Josh Williams.

DeMarcus Daniels of North Florida won Defensive Player of the Year, while Tayler Persons of Northern Kentucky won Freshman of the Year.

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Jameel Warney Sweeps 2015 America East Awards

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Jameel Warney of Stony Brook has been named 2015 America East Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.

Joining Warney on the America East First Team are Ethan O'Day, Carson Puriefoy, Sam Rowley and Evan Singletary.

Tanner Leissner of New Hampshire won Rookie of the Year honors.

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