Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday night by the numbers
By Jeremy Lundblad, Stats & Information
Here's an inside look at the numbers behind Wednesday's top performances:
1. It’s tough to pick the most embarrassing stat from Wake Forest’s 74-39 loss to Georgia Tech. Let’s start with those 39 points, which were the fewest by the Demon Deacons since Jan. 8, 1959. Wake Forest shot just 25.9 percent from the field, its worst over the last 15 years. Even the free throw line wasn’t friendly, as they hit just 9 of 26 from the charity stripe. At 34.6 percent, that’s the worst free throw performance over the last 15 years by an ACC team attempting at least 25 free throws. The second half was particularly ugly, as the Deacons didn’t connect on a field goal until there was 7:28 left in the game. They finished the half with only 13 points on 4-of-21 from the field. It could have been much worse if you’ll believe it. The score was 74-32 with five minutes to go, and Wake Forest went on a 7-0 run in garbage time to end the game.
2. Since the calendar turned to 2011, no one has been hotter than BYU’s Jimmer Fredette, who is averaging 28.4 ppg in the new year. You’d have to be under a rock to miss the Jimmer Show, but under the radar, there’s another player raising his game since the ball dropped. Richmond’s Justin Harper is averaging 25.2 ppg on 65.7 percent shooting since Jan. 1. He put on another show on Wednesday, scoring a career-high 30 points and adding 10 rebounds in a win over George Washington. On the season, the 6-10 senior is in the top 25 in the nation in both field goal percentage (57.4) and 3-point percentage (51.1).
3. Texas State’s Ryan White scored 22 points to go with 11 assists in a 95-91 win over Sam Houston State. It was the 25th 20-point, 10-assist game in D-I this season. So what made this performance so special? White came off the bench. Incredibly, it’s his second 20-10 game off the bench this season. The only other player to accomplish a 20-point, 10-assist game off the bench this season was Cornell’s Chris Wroblewski. But prior to this season, you have to back nearly six years to find the last time this happened. Current San Antonio Spurs guard George Hill had 26 points and 11 assists coming off the bench for IUPUI as a freshman in 2005.
4. Peyton Siva was benched in favor of a freshman late in Louisville’s game on Saturday. Wednesday was a much better day. Siva had 10 points to go with career highs in assists (10) and steals (7), as the Cardinals crushed St. John’s 88-63. It’s been almost 10 years since a Big East player had at least 10 steals and seven assists in a game. In November 2001, Notre Dame’s Chris Thomas posted a triple-double that included 11 steals.
5. Navy attempts 26.2 3-pointers per game, the sixth-most in the nation. So things can get a little ugly when the Midshipmen have an off night shooting. On Wednesday, Navy went 1-for-25 from beyond the arc in a 71-50 loss to Holy Cross. That’s just 4.0 percent. For a team that attempted at least 25 3s, it’s the worst performance since 2003, when The Citadel also went 1-for-25.