Thursday, January 7, 2010
Inside Wednesday's box scores
By Jeremy Lundblad
Baylor’s Ekpe Udoh recorded the fifth triple-double in school history in Wednesday’s win over Morgan State. The transfer from Michigan finished with 18 points, 17 rebounds and 10 blocks, and is averaging 17.0 RPG over his last four games. Udoh’s triple-double was the eighth in the nation this season.
At halftime against Seton Hall, Jerome Dyson was 0-for-4 from the field with 2 points. When the final buzzer sounded, Dyson had completed one of the best all-around games of his career. He finished with 16 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds. In the first 91 games of his career, Dyson had never reached double-digit assists and had only two double-doubles. He’s now gone for 10 assists in each of the last two games, both of which were double-doubles.
Sherron Collins did a lot of things on Wednesday against Cornell, including almost single-handedly keeping the Jayhawks undefeated and extending their now 51-game home winning streak. Collins finished with a career-high 33 points, and scored 15 of Kansas’ last 22 points. In fact, Collins’ nine field goals were as many as the rest of his teammates combined. While Collins shot 56.3 percent, the rest of his team shot just 27.3 percent.
Oregon State lost by 51 points at home on Wednesday, matching its worst loss in school history. However, there is one key difference between the two defeats. In 1997, the Beavers lost by 51 to Arizona, the eventual national champ. Wednesday’s loss was to Seattle, a school that is in the process of reclassifying to Division I. The Beavers did have a player score in double figures and shot just 31.7 from the field and 31.6 from the line. Seattle outscored Oregon State 58-21 in the second half after coming out of halftime on a 19-2 run. Even more embarrassing for the Beavers is the fact that Seattle did all of this while its best player, Charles Garcia, connected on just one field goal in 15 minutes while plagued by foul trouble.
In Houston’s 83-66 win over Rice, the Cougars committed only six turnovers, while forcing 13. That’s been a typical theme for Houston this season. The Cougars are averaging only 8.9 turnovers per game, putting them on pace for the lowest turnover average since Temple’s 7.7 in 2005-06. On top of that, Houston’s Aubrey Coleman leads the nation with 3.4 steals per game and the team is seventh in the nation in steals. So it should be no surprise that Houston’s plus-10.1 turnovers per game differential is the best in the nation. The Cougars are on pace for the best turnover differential since Long Island was plus-11.1 in 1997-98.