An inside look at the numbers behind Sunday’s top performances:
1. Connecticut beat Providence 75-57, avoiding a third straight home loss. Kemba Walker shot 7-for-10 on his way to 22 points. He shot below 40 percent in each of his previous seven games. But the big story was Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, who came off the bench for a career-high 25 points. That’s more points than he’d scored in his previous six games combined, and just his second double-figure scoring game this season. The last UConn player to score 25 off the bench was Rashad Anderson in 2006 against Marquette.
2. Wake Forest fell to 1-9 in the ACC with an 80-55 loss to NC State. The 25-point margin marks the biggest loss at home by the Deacons since losing by 28 to North Carolina in 2007. While NC State was unranked, that Tar Heels team was No. 4 in the nation at the time. Over the past 15 years, Wake Forest has lost by 20 or more at home to an unranked team only twice -- the other coming earlier this season against VCU. That doesn’t even include a 19-point loss to Maryland in January. With the loss, Wake fell to 7-9 in Winston-Salem. Over the previous 10 seasons, it boasted a 134-25 home record.
3. Malcolm Delaney’s season-high 33 points led Virginia Tech to a 102-77 win over Georgia Tech. He added five assists and six rebounds to record the first 30-5-5 game in ACC play this season. The Hokies starting lineup shot 62.5 percent from the field, scoring 97 of the team’s 102 points. That’s the most points by an ACC starting lineup since the Hokies starters poured in 112 in a double-OT win over Duquesne in 2009. This has become the trend for a Hokies roster decimated by injuries. Virginia Tech’s bench was shut out in its previous game, a loss to Boston College. Over the past five games, the Hokies’ bench is putting up just 5.0 points per game.
4. With the Arizona State defense collapsing on Derrick Williams, another Wildcat stepped up in Arizona’s 67-52 win. Kyle Fogg emerged with 26 points, matching a career-high. He went 6-for-9 from 3-point range, after hitting only 1-for-7 in his last contest. In fact, Fogg’s six 3s equaled his total in his previous eight games combined. The rest of the Arizona starters shot just 30.8 percent from the field, as Lamont Jones and Solomon Hill combined to go 0-for-10. The Wildcats have won six straight in Pac-10 play for the first time since 2009. However, they followed that streak with four straight losses.
5. Niagara went 0-for-17 from 3-point range in a 61-50 loss at Rider. It’s the second worst 3-point performance in D-I this season, behind an 0-for-18 effort by Ohio against Kansas. The Purple Eagles shot just 25.4 percent on Sunday, despite a strong effort from Kashief Edwards (21 points, 15 rebounds). In fact, apart from Edwards, the team shot just 15.2 percent. This is not exactly out of the ordinary for Niagara. On the season, it is shooting 27.8 percent, third-worst in the nation.