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B.J. Jenkins led a very balanced offensive attack with 10.6 points per game.
In 2010, Murray State was one of the few teams in college basketball to have five players in double-figures.
As impressive as that sounds, though, consider this: Six Racers averaged between 9.7 and 10.6 points per game.
The offensive balance they possessed was extremely rare, but it helped them win and also signified how cohesive they were as a unit. With so many options—and no clear No. 1 threat—opposing defenses couldn't plan on shutting down one 20-point-per-game scorer. They couldn't rely on an off-night by a player like Isaiah Canaan because someone else would pick up the slack.
Offensively, Murray State was very similar to the 2007-08 Xavier team, which featured six players averaging between 9.7 and 12.4 points per game. Those Musketeers reached the Elite Eight.
This year's Murray State has a different type of balance.
Isaiah Canaan (18.5 ppg), Donte Poole (14.6 ppg) and Ivan Aska (12.6 ppg) form a clear big three, but—like two years ago—the Racers still have other scoring threats.
Jewaun Long (8.1 ppg), Ed Daniel (7.8 ppg) and Stacy Wilson (5.7 ppg) are all viable options who have contributed outputs well above their averages on various nights.
Daniel in particular has been tremendous since a hand injury sidelined Aska four games ago. The junior averaged 15.3 points through the first three of those games before foul trouble limited him to 16 minutes in the fourth.