Coming into Wake's big time game against UNC tonight, I decided I'd run a special feature matching up 2 players, one from each team, and comparing and contrasting them. The most natural matchup that occurred to me was Wake's Travis McKie vs. UNC's Harrison Barnes, so that's the matchup we're going to look at in this feature. Everything from size to stats will be looked at in this feature.
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Edge: Barnes, but barely. There's not much of a difference here.
Edge: Again, Barnes, but barely, and this is particularly interesting given another stat I'll get into later.
Edge: McKie by a healthy margin on the boards. Of course, UNC has more of a front line so it might be deceptive, but it is indeed possible that McKie is more of a board-crasher in general than Barnes.
DEFENSIVE REBOUND PERCENTAGE
Edge: Healthy edge to McKie percentage-wise, as well.
OFFENSIVE REBOUND PERCENTAGE
Edge: Again, the edge goes to McKie.
Edge: Virtually even, though McKie has the smallest edge possible here.
McKie: 47.5% on 261 attempts
Barnes: 49.1% on 271 attempts
Edge: Slight edge to Barnes here.
3 POINT SHOOTING
McKie: 34,9% on 63 attempts
Barnes: 45% on 60 attempts
Edge: Healthy edge to Barnes on this one.
Edge: Slight edge to Barnes here. Without that 1-13 game, the edge would probably go to Travis.
McKie: 70.6% on 102 attempts
Barnes: 73,5% on 102 attempts
Edge: Barnes by a little, though it's fascinating to me that they've taken exactly the same number of free throws. For the record, the difference in percentage is a measly 3 makes.
McKie; 34.7 minutes
Barnes: 26.3 minutes
Edge: McKie gets significantly more minutes. This is worth considering when you factor things like number of shot attempts, but I'll get to that.
% OF POSSESSIONS USED
Edge: Barnes gets used even more than McKie, which is interesting to me particularly because McKie gets significantly more minutes, so you'd think it would be the other way around. However, it's a very slight difference regardless.
Statistically, when you put everything together and factor it all in, it's almost eerie. McKie and Barnes are, in most ways, virtually identical players. McKie seems to be a more "blue-collar" player with more rebounds (by a large margin) and blocks, while Barnes is significantly more of a threat outside. All considered, though, everything is so close in most other categories, they're virtually interchangeable. If we were in bizarro world and Barnes was a Deac and McKie was a Tar Heel, if the pure stats are anything to go by, there probably wouldn't be a particularly significant difference in the standings of the teams.
I was actually surprised how similar these two are. We've seen it before, but it'll definitely be cool to see these two amazing players battle again on the court.
As always, comments encouraged and appreciated. Go Deacs.