BTH Analysis: Neighbour's time on court valuable for UALR

When a guy scores 32 points and grabs seven rebounds, it's pretty easy to say he was the best player on the court. But in our advanced analysis, you can further see why senior Will Neighbour was so valuable to UALR during Thursday's 87-83 victory at Western Kentucky.

Neighbour played 38 of the 45 minutes on Thursday. But it was the seven minutes he spent on the bench that kept Western Kentucky even close. WKU outscored UALR 21-8 during those seven minutes. UALR was +17 when he was in the game.

He first exited with UALR leading 18-16. When he returned, UALR trailed 25-24. He exited again with the game tied 52-52. When he returned, UALR was down 67-65. He exited again with UALR down 67-65 and returned with the score 69-65. And finally, he re-entered with UALR trailing 71-69. He played the remainder of the game with the Trojans winning 87-83.

That's +17 with him in the game and -13 with him on the bench.

Josh Hagins also turned in a double digit plus/minus at +13.

UALR and WKU split the four factors to winning. UALR had a better effective field-goal percentage and a higher free throw rate. WKU was one better in the turnover area and was better on offensive rebounds.