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February 1, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Dentmon now leading scorer in Pac-10 (well, sort of)

Now that the conference season is a few weeks old, the Pac-10 has begun releasing stats for conference games only.
And the stats after this weekend’s games reveal a surprising leader at the top of the Pac-10 scoring list — Husky guard Justin Dentmon.
Here are the stats, and as you can see, Dentmon is averaging 19.6 points per game, having scored two more points in nine games (every team has played nine conference games) than ASU’s James Harden, who remains the overall scoring leader. Dentmon is eighth in overall scoring and, in fact, only third on the Huskies behind Isaiah Thomas (who is sixth in the Pac-10 overall at 16.7) and Jon Brockman (seventh at 15.6).
Nick Daschel of Buster Sports writes that Dentmon’s status as the Pac-10’s scoring leader to this point is proof that he is deserving of a spot on the all-conference team — and who would have really thought that before the year began? — and also offers a few other notes.
Thomas, meanwhile, is third in conference games only at 19.2, looking now like a lock to be the Pac-10’s Freshman of the Year.
I’ve often thought the conference-only stats are a lot more revealing about how teams are really playing since it eliminates all the games against non-conference patsies, where a lot of numbers can get skewed.
And the Pac-10-only stats show a few surprising positives for the Dawgs:
— UW is fourth in free throw shooting at 74 percent, apparently having put an end for good their days as one of the nation’s worst free-throw shooting teams;
— The Huskies are third in three-point shooting at 38.2 percent, something that I’ll admit, I thought was going to be a weakness for this team this season;
— UW is third in turnover margin at plus-1.33, a facet of the game that loomed as a potential issue for the Huskies during the pre-conference season;
— UW also ranks in the top four in field goal percentage defense and three-point field goal percentage defense, indicating its improved defensive play this season.
UW also is leading the conference in scoring at 83.4 and rebounding margin at 7.9, though those are areas the Huskies have ranked highly in all season. But taken in total, the numbers make it clear that UW’s 7-2 Pac-10 record isn’t an accident.

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