Friday, January 21, 2011
The numbers you need to know
By Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats & Info
Here's an inside look at the numbers behind Thursday's top performances:
1. Santa Clara had lost 10 straight home games to Gonzaga and head coach Kerry Keating was 0-8 overall against the Bulldogs. But the Broncos broke through on Thursday with an 85-71 win courtesy of a career-high 36 points from Kevin Foster. John Bryant matched that total three years ago, but the last Bronco to score more in a game was Steve Ross (38) in 2002. Before that? Steve Nash in 1995. Foster scored 24 in the second half alone, including 11 straight to break the game open late. Only Baylor's LaceDarius Dunn averages more 3s than Foster, and Thursday was no different, as he knocked down six of 14 from long range.
2. Isaiah Thomas continued his torrid stretch as Washington topped Arizona 85-68. The junior finished with 22 points, 10 assists and just one turnover. Over the past 15 seasons, no Washington player had a 20-point, 10-assist game before last week. Thomas has now done it in two consecutive games. When Abdul Gaddy went down for the season, the point guard duties were handed to Thomas, and he's been up to the challenge. In the five games since the Gaddy injury, he is averaging 20.4 ppg and 9.4 apg. In fact, since the New Year, he's the nation's top assist man. Not bad for a guy who was averaging 4.2 apg before Gaddy went down.
3. Florida shot 28.3 percent from the field and scored only 45 points, the fewest of the Billy Donovan era. Oh, and the Gators also beat Auburn 45-40. It was the fewest points in a conference by an SEC team since 1997, when Auburn beat Kevin O'Neill-coached Tennessee 43-35. The last time the Gators scored this few points in a win was 1962 (43). The opponent? Auburn. On Thursday, the Gators actually trailed 40-37 with under two minutes to go before going on an 8-0 run to close the game. The Tigers missed out on some crucial points, shooting just just 1-for-8 from the line. That's the worst free throw performance by a team attempting at least eight since 2008.
4. On the subject of ugly shooting, Stanford had a tough night on Thursday. The Cardinal shot 22.2 percent from the field in a 65-42 loss to USC. That marked Stanford's worst shooting performance of the shot-clock era (since 1985). Stanford didn't have a player score in double figures for the first time in five years. And how's this for offensive efficiency? Stanford took 63 shots, while USC attempted only 45 (hitting on 55.6 percent). That's 0.64 points per possession for Stanford, tied for the second fewest by a power six conference team this season, according to bbstate.com.
5. Whenever there's a four overtime game, you can count on some fun numbers. Utah Valley's 107-96 win over North Dakota is no different. In the third quadruple-OT game this season, UVU somehow only came up with one steal. That steal was made by Geddes Robinson, who also pulled down 17 rebounds in 53 minutes of action. Yet, he only scored three points and was 1-for-7 from the field. That's the fewest points when playing over 50 minutes since 2005, when Iona's Martin McCullough also scored three in 51 minutes.