Statistically speaking: Minnesota team scores 165 in record-setting rout

Cameron Smith
Prep Rally

Prep basketball blowouts pop up nearly every week in different parts of the country with a small amount of fanfare, but one in Minnesota on Friday night turned heads because of the gaudy stats and, most notably, the final score it produced: 165-37.

Prairie Seeds Academy boys basketball — YouTube
Prairie Seeds Academy boys basketball — YouTube

As first noted by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Woodbury (Minn.) Prairie Seeds Academy knocked off Minneapolis (Minn.) Math & Science Academy by that astounding scoreline in Woodbury, setting a new state record for highest score in a single game in the process. The Lycans dominated from the outset and rolled to the record-setting rout.

In fact, Prairie Seeds reportedly led by a preposterous score of 91-19 at halftime alone. The Lycans did all their damage with only seven players; the charter academy has a very small student body, numbers which are reflected in the rosters of their varsity sports teams (the varsity basketball team technically sports 10 players, so three did not play against Math & Science).

Crunch the numbers further, and Prairie Seeds' offensive explosion is pretty remarkable. The Lycans scored approximately 5.15 points per minute, all while holding Math & Science Academy to a shade above a point per minute. That four point-per-minute scoring edge is about as significant as you'll ever see in high school basketball, if not all levels of basketball altogether.

Yet, this wasn't exactly a one-off blowout for Prairie Seeds, either. The school has also trounced other foes by scores of 148-32 (St. Paul Preparatory Academy), 99-41 (Minneapolis Spectrum) and 91-41 (St. John Prep) in earlier games during the 2011-12 campaign.

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Class A Prairie Seeds is clearly the class of its division in the state, and may be the most dominant program within its own division since the previous record holder for points in a game held sway. That squad -- Minneapolis (Minn.) Minnesota Transitions School -- once beat Minneapolis E.C.H.O. Charter by a score of 156-33 in 2007.

Of course, Minnesota Transitions has also scored 100 points in a single half twice, so maybe Prairie Seeds still has something to aspire to, not that any team should want to win a game so one-sidedly. While no official complaint has been made about Friday's rout yet, a 128-point victory will tend to court some controversy.

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