An inside look at the numbers behind Sunday’s top performances:
1. JaJuan Johnson powered Purdue to a 67-47 win at Michigan State with one of the most impressive stat lines in recent Big Ten history. Johnson already had a double-double at halftime, and finished with 20 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocks. It was the first 20-15-5 game by a power conference player since Syracuse’s Wes Johnson did so last season. The last Big Ten player to do it was Penn State’s Jan Jagla in 2003 against St. Francis (PA). The last in conference play was Minnesota’s Joel Pryzbilla against Iowa back in 2000. Johnson has now scored 20-plus points in his past seven road games. He’s looking to join Evan Turner and Kris Humphries as the only Big Ten players to average 20 ppg and 8 rpg in the past 10 seasons.
2. That 20-point loss for Michigan State was its worst at home since falling to Duke by 22 in 2003. The team’s 47 points were the fewest at home since a 45-34 win over Brown in 2006. But in a loss, the Spartans hadn’t scored this few points at home since 1997 when Minnesota beat them 68-43. Michigan State finished 1-of-11 from 3-point range. At 9.1 percent, it was the program’s worst 3-point performance at home since going 0-for-9 against Illinois in 2008.
3. Deshaun Thomas scored 22 points off the bench as Ohio State cruised to an 82-61 win over Indiana. The freshman had seen his role reduced in recent games, averaging only 8.1 minutes in the past seven games. During that stretch, he scored only 13 total points on 20.0 percent from the field. On Sunday, the former Indiana Mr. Basketball served up his best game of the season. By halftime, he had more points (16) than in his previous seven games combined. The 22 points are the most by a Buckeye bench player in conference play since Ron Lewis scored 26 against Penn State in 2006.
4. As we entered January, Boston University was 10-13 and shooting just 38.6 percent from the field. After Sunday’s 66-64 overtime win at Vermont, the Terriers completed an 8-0 February, and are tied for the fifth-longest winning streak in the nation. Playing without leading scorer John Holland against the Catamounts, the Terriers won despite only one point from their bench. Vermont has now lost two in a row following its 10-game win streak.
5. Ryan Rossiter made his final home game at Siena a memorable one. He led the way with a career-high 34 points and 11 rebounds in an 81-73 win over rival Marist. Rossiter broke a school record for rebounds in a season that was set back in 1950 by Billy Harrell. Rossiter ranks second in at the nation in rebounding (13.4 rpg) behind Kenneth Faried. In February, he averaged 14.8 rpg, the third-highest February average over the past five seasons.