So, yeah, Markus Howard threw up 40 in the second half on Friday night against Buffalo. It was crrrrazy, and you can go read our recap of it to get a feel for how crazy it was if you haven’t already done so.
However, during the game, a loyal reader who we will call Stephen — because that’s his name — had an idea and voiced it on Twitter.
Can someone chart his points per minute? He is beyond en fuego— Stephen S (@gobungles) December 22, 2018
As you can see from the tweet he replied to, this was when Howard ONLY had 26 points after the intermission. Anyway, I’m not about to let a perfectly good idea for a blog article go sliding by, especially not one that was actually requested by a reader.
Thus, HERE IS THE CHART.
I’m not going to lie to you, I was expecting it to look a little bit cooler than that.
However, I realized something. With a 30 second shot clock, it’s really hard to score more than three points in a minute. Without doing a very serious analysis of this, each team has roughly one possession per minute, with maybe one team getting a bit of an advantage with two each minute when average possession lengths are probably about 20 seconds or so. The point is, more often than not, Marquette is only getting the ball once per minute, and Howard isn’t taking all of the shots. It’s hard to get more than three points per minute as a result of a lot of combining factors there.
WITH THAT IN MIND
Markus Howard scored more than three points in a minute five freaking times in the second half, and he got all five in an 11 minute span.
Think about this. We’re going to all remember it as the time Markus scored 40 in the second half...... except...... well.......
He only had three points scored after intermission when there was 15 minutes left to go.
HE SCORED 37 POINTS IN FIFTEEN MINUTES ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME HERE?
Anyway, shoutout to Stephen for allowing us to figure all of this out. Go follow him, he seems like a smart dude.