Monday, January 24, 2011
The numbers you need to know
By Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats & Info
Inside the numbers behind Sunday’s top performances:
1. Not only did Josh Gasser make school history on Sunday, but he figured out a way to be mentioned in the same sentence as Magic Johnson. The Wisconsin freshman put up 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to record the first triple-double in Badgers history. Though the statistic wasn’t officially kept until the 1980s, it is believed to be the first triple-double by a Big Ten freshman since Magic Johnson against Detroit during his first season in East Lansing. Gasser came into Sunday averaging 5.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 2.2 apg. He’s the first Big Ten player with a triple-double in conference play since Illinois’ Sergio McClain in 2001. As for the game itself, the Badgers beat Northwestern 78-46, matching their largest-ever win in a Big Ten road game.
2. The good news for West Virginia is that it beat South Florida 56-46. The bad news? For a second straight game, the Mountaineers shot just 33.3 percent from the field (22-of-66), marking West Virginia’s lowest shooting percentage in a win since 2006, and its lowest-ever in a Big East win. The previous low was a 73-59 win against Syracuse in 1998 (34.4 percent). South Florida shot just 31.4 percent on Sunday, marking the second time this season that WVU held a Big East opponent below 32 percent. The Mountaineers had only done that three times in their first 15 seasons in the Big East.
3. Iowa topped Indiana 91-77, stopping a six-game losing streak and picking up its first conference win this season. The 91 points and 57.7 field-goal percentage are the best for the Hawkeyes in a Big Ten game since 2007. Iowa found its way to the charity stripe, attempting 39 free throws, its most in a conference game since 2005. After going scoreless in each of his past two games, freshman Roy Devyn Marble posted a career-high 18 points off the bench. That’s five more points than he had in his previous five games combined.
4. Butler would probably prefer not to see Kaylon Williams again this season. Three weeks after posting a triple-double against the Bulldogs, the Milwaukee guard put together another great all-around game. In the Panthers’ 86-80 overtime win, Williams scored 16 points to go with 12 rebounds and six assists. In two games against Butler this season, he averaged 13 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists. Butler came into this one having won 15 straight conference home games, and Milwaukee hadn’t won there since 2005.
5. Canisius beat Iona 75-73 on the back of senior Greg Logins, who scored a career-high 30 points. With 22 points in the second half, he became the first Canisius player with 20 in a half since Chuck Harris in December 2006. Logins was actually scoreless for the first eight minutes of this one. Coming out of halftime, he scored 18 of the Golden Griffins’ first 24 points. Logins hit 6-of-7 from 3-point range, despite having made only 20 3s in his first 18 games this season. With its five-game winning streak stopped, Iona fell out of a tie atop the MAAC.