Today’s Sports Stat: January 19, 2018

Last week’s Jacksonville-Pittsburgh playoff game, won by the Jags 45-42, was the fourth highest scoring playoff game in post-season history.

The total of 87 combined points was nine short of the record of 96 scored by Arizona and Green Bay on January 10, 2010 when the Cardinals defeated the Packers 51-45.

Here are the five highest scoring playoff games in league history:

96: Arizona 51, Green Bay 45, January 10, 2010
95: Philadelphia 58, Detroit 37, December 30, 1995
89: Indianapolis 45, Kansas City 44, January 4, 2014
87: Jacksonville 45, Pittsburgh 42, January 14, 2018
86: St. Louis Rams 49, Minnesota 37, January 16, 2000


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Today’s Sports Stat: January 18, 2018

If you were an NBA fan back in the 70s (like I was) you certainly remember Jo Jo White. He was a mainstay of those Celtics teams in the 70s, providing steady guard play for a couple of championship Boston teams. White died on Tuesday at the age of 71.

White was a Hall of Famer, member of the USA gold medal winning hoops team in 1968, and an NBA Finals MVP in 1976.

Here are a handful of stats/facts you may not know about Jo Jo White.

  • White still holds the Celtics team record for most consecutive games played, 488.
  • Not only was he drafted by the Celtics in the NBA, but White was also drafted in two other sports: the NFL by the Dallas Cowboys, and MLB by the Cincinnati Reds. If you add in that he was also drafted into the U.S. military, that’s four very high-profile organizations that drafted White. How many athletes can say that?
  • White is one of 79 players in league history to play in all 82 games in a season five times. In fact, White played in 82 games each season in five straight years.
  • He averaged 35.8 minutes played per game in his career. That ranks 49th all-time in the league (according to Pro Basketball, Wilt Chamberlain tops this category averaging 45.8 minutes per game for a career). White is one of 80 players in NBA history to average 35 or more minutes per game for a career.
  • White played collegiately at the University of Kansas. He ranks third on the list for most points scored in the NBA by a player who played at the University of Kansas. Chamberlain is number one on the list followed by another UK alum who played for the Celtics, Paul Pierce.
  • White played in seven straight NBA All-Star Games from 1971-77.
  • White was a first team All-NBA Rookie selection in 1969-70. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a unanimous choice as Rookie of the Year that season.
  • White was very consistent in his scoring throughout his career… he averaged 17.3 points for his career, 17.0 in home games, 17.5 in road games, and 17.8 at neutral site games.


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Today’s Sports Stat: January 17, 2018

Here’s a couple of NBA items to mull over. But first, a quiz…

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the Bucks record for most games with 20 or more points and 20 or more rebounds in the same game with 32 such games. Which Bucks player is second in this stat with four 20-20 (points-rebounds) games?

  • The Golden State Warriors had the best record in the league this season at the 41-game mark with a 33-8 record (an .805 winning percentage). They became the 40th team in NBA history to have a winning percentage above .800 after 41 games. In addition, they have done it in four straight seasons.

The 1971-72 L.A. Lakers and 1995-96 Chicago Bulls hold the NBA record for best record after 41 games (the mid-point in the 82-game NBA season) with records of 38-3 (.927 winning percentage).

Of the 40 teams that won 33 or more games in their first 41 of an NBA season, 22 went on to play in the finals that season with 17 of those 22 winning the title that year.

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 20 rebounds in the Bucks win over the Washington Wizards on Monday. It was Giannis’ first 20-20 game in his career. In the process, he became the 13th Bucks player in team history to have 20 or more points and 20 or more rebounds in the same game.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had 32 such games in his Bucks career.

Here are the Bucks players with the most 20-20 games (points and rebounds) in team history.

32 games: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
4 games: Andrew Bogut
3 games: Swen Nater
2 games: Terry Cummings, Elmore Smith
1 game: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Vin Baker, Dan Gadzuric, Ersan Ilyasova, Ervin Johnson, Dave Meyers, Zaza Pachulia, Curtis Perry

Did you guess Andrew Bogut for the quiz answer?


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Today’s Sorts Stat: January 16, 2018

The Jacksonville Jaguars have advanced to the AFC Championship Game with two very different wins: A 10-3 win over the Buffalo Bills in their Wild Card contest; and a 45-42 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in their Divisional Round game.

In looking at the playoff games played in the NFL since the start of the Super Bowl era (since 1966), teams have a 90% chance of winning a post-season game if they can score 30 or more points. Playoff teams are 208-24 (a .897 winning percentage) when they scored 30 or points in a playoff games since 1966.

Here’s a look at the combined records of playoff teams from 1966 through the first two rounds of the playoffs this season based on how many points they scored.

0-9 points                        3-113 .026

10-19 points                  68-231 .227

20-29 points                217-128 .629

30-39 points                149-21 .876

40 or more points         59-3 .952

Note: Teams that score under 20 points in a playoff game since 1966 are 71-344 (.171 winning percentage).


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Today’s Sports Stat: January 15, 2018

Five NFL teams made the playoffs this year but played only one game… losing that contest. The five “one-and-done” teams this year were the L.A. Rams, Kansas City, Buffalo, Carolina and Pittsburgh.

For the Chiefs, it was their sixth “one-and-done” in the playoffs this century. That is not, however, the most of the 32 teams. Both the Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts each have had seven “one-and-done” playoffs since 2000.

Following are the number of “one-and-done” for each NFL franchise since 2000.

7: Cincinnati, Indianapolis

6: Kansas City

5: Denver, Green Bay, New York Giants

4: Dallas, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay

3: Atlanta, Carolina, Detroit, Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia, San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee, Washington

2: Baltimore, Chicago, New Orleans, New York Jets, Seattle

1: Arizona, Buffalo, Cleveland, Houston, Jacksonville, New England, Oakland, San Francisco


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