I have updated college basketball plus-minus numbers today, along with a few helpful improvements. If you’re wondering why the numbers are so much different than last time, be sure to check the first bullet:
- The biggest and most significant change is the way in which plus-minus is now calculated. Previously, I compared the team’s production with the given player on the court to the team’s production as a whole. Now, I’m comparing the team’s production with the given player on the court, as before, to the team’s production with the player OFF the court. For example, John Wall’s plus-minus is the difference between Kentucky’s differential when he’s playing and Kentucky’s differential when he’s not playing. This puts my plus-minus in the more traditional on/off form that most people are used to seeing.
- Every team and player in Division I is now available.
- Along with each player’s net overall, offensive, and defensive plus-minuses, the spreadsheet now includes the player’s total plus-minus and the estimated amount of possessions they were on the court for. The plus-minus total is simply the total amount that player’s team outscored or was outscored by their opponent while the player was in the game.
The numbers are embedded in the table below. To download the spreadsheet as an Excel document or view the online spreadsheet in full-screen mode, click the arrow in the top left. You can also use the filter to sort by team. Enjoy!