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Joey Kizel in Close Games

Screen shot 2013-03-20 at 2.25.53 AMA conversation on D3boards sparked the following research, which supports the notion we already knew: Joey Kizel is one of the best players in the country in close games/big games/”the moment.”

2011-12 Kizel in one-possession games:

  • 20 pts, 6-11 FG, 2-4 3FG, 6-6 FT
  • 16 pts, 5-8 FG, 2-4 3FG, 4-4 FT
  • 15 pts, 5-10 FG, 1-3 3FG, 4-6 FT
  • 24 pts, 7-11 FG, 4-4 3FG, 6-6 FT
  • 26 pts, 8-13 FG, 3-6 3FG, 7-8 FT
  • 18 pts, 6-11 FG, 2-4 3FG, 4-5 FT
  • 21 pts, 7-10 FG, 3-6 3FG, 4-5 FT
  • 21 pts, 8-14 FG, 2-6 3FG, 3-3 FT

2011-12 one-possession game average: 

  • 20.1 ppg, 59% FG, 51% 3FG, 88% FT

2012-13 Kizel in one-possession* games:

  • 17 pts, 5-9 FG, 2-4 3FG, 5-6 FT
  • 12 pts, 5-10 FG, 0-3 3FG, 2-6 FT
  • 19 pts, 6-9 FG, 3-4 3FG, 4-6 FT
  • 15 pts, 5-9 FG, 1-3 3FG, 4-4 FT
  • 30 pts, 8-17 FG, 5-10 3FG, 9-10 FT
  • 19 pts, 7-14 FG, 4-10 3FG, 1-2 FT
  • 13 pts, 4-7 FG, 1-3 3FG, 4-4 FT


2012-13 one-possession game average:

  • 17.9 ppg, 53% FG, 43% 3FG, 78% FT

*excluding Curry because a meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer cut it to one-possession.

Those statistics are incredible. The most amazing statistics might be his consistent efficiency: in fifteen such games, Kizel has been under 50% from the field only twice. And it would have been once were it not for the 3/4-court shot he took and missed at the expiration of the 2013 Amherst game, in which he finished 8-17.

Compare these statistics to those of D3Hoops Northeast Regional Player of the Year and NESCAC Player of the Year Aaron Toomey in one-possession games over the past two years:

Toomey ’11-’13 one-possession game average:

  • 14.6 ppg, 34% FG, 36% 3FG, 79% FT

One thing to be confident about heading into Salem: Middlebury’s best player defines rising to the occasion.

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