Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The numbers you need to know
By Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats & Info
A closer look at the numbers behind Monday night's games:
1. Top 10 without a 3: San Diego State ascended into the top 10 on Monday and celebrated by proving it can win without hitting a 3. In a bizarre 51-45 win over Cal Poly, the Aztecs went 0-for-18 from 3-point range. That ties the most 3s attempted without a make this season. In November, Ohio went 0-for-18 against Kansas. Of course, Ohio also lost that game by 57 points. You have to go back to 2008 to find a similar oh-fer in a win. That’s when Dayton went 0-for-24 from 3-point range in a 60-59 overtime win against Auburn.
2. Thomas steps in: The Aztecs were without leading scorer and rebounder Kawhi Leonard, who was out with an illness. But Malcolm Thomas filled the void nicely, scoring 18 points to go with 15 rebounds, five blocks and three assists. He’s just the third player this season with a 15-15-5 game, joining UCF’s Keith Clanton and Oakland’s Keith Benson.
3. Rossiter tries to be Blake Griffin: Siena snapped a three-game losing streak with a 72-69 win over Florida Atlantic courtesy of another big-time performance by Ryan Rossiter. On a night when the Saints retired the jersey of all-time leading scorer Marc "Showbiz" Brown, the senior big man put up 27 points and 13 rebounds. Rossiter is now averaging 20.3 ppg and 13.3 rpg, making him one of two Division I players averaging 20 and 10 (along with Eastern Michigan’s Brandon Bowdry). His rebounding average is second in the nation behind Morehead State’s Kenneth Faried. Rossiter is looking to be the third player in the past five seasons to average 20 and 13, joining Oklahoma's Blake Griffin and Radford’s Art Parakhouski.
4. Mike Holmes’ SEC redemption: It’s almost like Holmes never left the SEC. The former South Carolina starter became eligible for Coastal Carolina on Monday just in time to face LSU. And just like that, the Chanticleers came away with a 78-69 overtime win in Baton Rouge. Ironically, it was their first win over a power conference school since beating South Carolina in 1993. Desmond Holloway (18 points) and Chad Gray (22) led the way offensively, but Holmes’ impact cannot be overlooked. Coming off the bench, he put up a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Big South Conference is now 2-2 against the SEC this season.
5. Badgers slow it down: In seemingly typical Wisconsin fashion, the Badgers beat Green Bay 70-56 despite only attempting 43 shots. It’s a win that speaks to UW's style of play. According to bbstate.com, Wisconsin averages just 60.7 possessions per 40 minutes, fifth-fewest in D-I. So how are they averaging nearly 17 points per game more than their opponents? The Badgers average 1.17 points per possession, tied for fifth in the nation.