Inside the numbers behind Wednesday’s top performances:
1. BYU just hasn’t been able to figure out New Mexico of late. After Wednesday night’s 82-64 loss, the Cougars are 0-4 against the Lobos over the past two seasons. Against all other Mountain West opponents in that span, BYU is 26-1 in the regular season. The 18-point loss marked BYU’s worst loss at home since 2004. The Cougars never led, thanks largely to a first half in which they shot 26.7 percent. Overall, BYU shot just 33.9 percent from the field, its lowest at home since November 2004 against Cal.
2. Iowa had gone 240 consecutive games making at least one 3-pointer. But Wednesday, the Hawkeyes went 0-for-12 from long distance in an 85-66 loss at Michigan State, Iowa’s 16th straight loss in East Lansing. Opponents had been shooting 37.8 percent from 3-point range against the Spartans, second-worst in the Big Ten. In fact, this was the first time in the past 15 seasons that an opponent failed to hit a 3 against Michigan State.
3. Vlad Moldoveanu scored 31 points while leading American to a 69-53 win over Colgate in the first round of the Patriot League tournament. He’s averaging 29.7 ppg over his past three games. How important is Moldoveanu to American’s NCAA tournament hopes? Consider this: American is now 13-3 since the calendar turned to 2011. In those 13 wins, Moldoveanu is averaging 22.6 ppg. But in the three losses, he’s putting up just 10.0 ppg on 29.0 percent from the field.
4. Temple clinched the second seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament with a 73-62 overtime win at UMass. The Owls got another monster performance from Lavoy Allen, who finished with 14 points and 18 rebounds. It’s the fourth straight double-double for Allen, who is averaging 16.0 ppg and 14.8 rpg in that span. Through 18 games, Allen was only averaging 6.0 rebounds a game, but he’s doubled that over his past 10 games. Last month, he became Temple’s all-time leading rebounder, and is tied for the most rebounds by an A-10 player since David West.
5. Lamar’s bench scored 77 points in a 113-102 win over Texas State. It’s the most points off the bench against Division I team this season. In fact, you have to go have to 2002 to find the last time a bench scored this much against a D-I team in a regulation game. In 2002, Arkansas scored 85 off the bench in a 109-94 loss to Alabama. Wednesday’s performance from Lamar’s bench was exceptional, but not exactly out of nowhere. The Cardinals have the third-highest scoring bench in the nation behind Belmont and Northwestern State. Reserve Mike James led the way with 30 points, his best scoring performance since making headlines with 52 off the bench in January.