Stats To See: Pittsburgh hits new low

January, 12, 2012
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Going into the season, a loss to Rutgers was nearly unimaginable for Pittsburgh. Out of the question was a performance like Wednesday’s 62-39 loss.

Among other humiliating numbers, it was the Panthers' fewest points in a game since scoring 36 back on Dec. 4, 1973 (also against Rutgers). Worse yet, this loss came at home. The Panthers had their fewest points at home since scoring 38 in a loss against Westminster on Jan. 5, 1950.

The 23-point loss is their worst since moving to the Petersen Events Center in 2002. The Panthers shot just 21.1 percent, their worst shooting performance under Jamie Dixon. It’s the lowest field goal percentage by a Big East team in conference play since West Virginia shot 20 percent in 2008. In the first half, Pittsburgh shot just 12.5 percent from the field.

Ole Miss snaps 542-game streak
Ole Miss snapped a streak of 542 consecutive games with a 3-point field goal, but still came away with a 71-63 win over Arkansas. It’s the 12th time this season that a team won without making a 3.

Since they won, it’s easy to make light of the failure to connect from deep, but long-distance shots are a big problem for the Rebels. On the season, they are hitting just 27.3 percent of 3s. Of 339 Division I teams, that ranks 328th.

Nicholson paces Bonnies
St. Bonaventure got a huge game out of senior Andrew Nicholson, who finished with 30 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks in an 81-73 win over Dayton. It’s the first such 30-10-5 game this season.

You don’t see many games like this in high-level conferences. He’s the first Atlantic 10 player to do it since Ahmad Nivins in 2008. The last Power 6 conference player with a 30-10-5 game? Kevin Durant.

Frazier can’t do it alone
Penn State is going to need someone other than Tim Frazier to contribute if the Nittany Lions want to turn the season around. In Wednesday’s 70-58 loss to Nebraska, Frazier outscored the rest of his team 30-28.

The career-high performance came largely because no one else could score. His teammates combined to shoot 10-for-44 (22.7 percent) from the field. Frazier is the only Penn State player averaging in double figures this season.

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