The discussion was framed midway through the first half of Wichita State’s game at UNI last week when a graphic titled “Productive Trios” appeared on the ESPN telecast.
Announcers Rich Hollenberg and Mark Adams were comparing key statistics for the Shockers and Syracuse, college basketball’s remaining undefeated teams.
“There’s a reason these 2 teams are undefeated,” Adams said. “Their trios are as productive as anybody in the country. The other great trio – Sam Dower, (Gary) Bell, Jr. and Kevin Pangos at Gonzaga – have similar numbers.”
The research department might need to dig a little deeper.
Among the elements on ESPN’s graphic were the cumulative averages for those trios in points, rebounds and assists.
The Orange trio – C.J. Fair, Tyler Ennis and Trevor Cooney – averages 42.5 points, 11.1 rebounds and 8.4 assists per game
- The Shockers’ trio – Cleanthony Early, Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet – averages 40.8 points, 13.9 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game
- The Zags’ trio –Pangos, Dower and Gary Bell – averages 41.1 points, 12.9 rebounds and 6.7 assists
At Iowa State, there is a pretty productive trio, too. But, it was not mentioned during the telecast.
Melvin Ejim, DeAndre Kane and Georges Niang are averaging 51.2 points, 19.4 rebounds and 11.5 assists per outing. The Cyclone trio has the best numbers is all three categories.
Maybe, the discussion about productive trios in college basketball can be more inclusive the next time.