Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pack has surprise plus-minus leader

RALEIGH - N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe likes to track the plus-minus ratings of his players.

The plus-minus is the difference between how many points the Wolfpack scored and how many points the opponents scored when the player was on the floor.

It's not the most important statistic Lowe keeps. But he does use it to try to figure out which combinations work well for the team.

On Tuesday, Lowe revealed the identity of N.C. State's plus-minus leader so far this season. It probably was a bit of a surprise.

Richard Howell, a sophomore reserve forward, is the team plus-minus leader.

"When he's been in the ballgame, he's played well for us, defensively, offensive rebounds," Lowe said. "Most of the time when he's in there, the team is going good. So it doesn't really surprise me."

Howell is averaging 7.8 points and 6.8 rebounds and shooting 54.7 percent from the field.

Ken Tysiac