In news that should surprise no one, D.J. Newbill was left off the B1G's top all-conference team this afternoon despite leading the league in scoring. The B1G's coaches and media agreed on four players: Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky, D'Angelo Russell, Aaron White, and Yogi Ferrell. The coaches voted Maryland's Dez Wells as their fifth member, while the league's media went for his freshman teammate Melo Trimble. Newbill was joined by Branden Dawson, A.J. Hammons, and Sam Dekker as members of the second team.
Newbill's 20.7 ppg average was the highest such figure produced by a B1G player since Indiana's Eric Gordon averaged 21.3 ppg in the 2007-08 season. Looking at some advanced numbers, Newbill also produced a 109.4 Ortg with a usage rate of 29.7% (the percent of possessions which end in an action by the player). Wells, by comparison, posted a 103.4 Ortg with a 30.2% usage rate. All this to say - it's pretty clear that team records played a huge factor. You can decide for yourself whether that's just.
Fun fact: D.J. Newbill averaged 28.4 ppg against teams represented by the All-Defensive Team. #PSUMBB pic.twitter.com/cIGxd7DyKl— Penn State Hoops (@PennStateMBB) March 9, 2015