Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The numbers you need to know
By Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats & Info
Inside the numbers behind Tuesday's top performances:
1. The big upset of the night occurred in the Carrier Dome, where Syracuse suffered its third-worst home loss of the Jim Boeheim era. Seton Hall came out on top 90-68, thanks to a great shooting night. The Pirates shot 54.1 percent from the field, the highest for a Syracuse opponent at the Dome since 1998. That year Seton Hall shot 60.3 percent in a 24-point win over the Orange, a game that has a striking resemblance to last night. The Pirates also hit 10 of 17 3-pointers, which at 58.8 percent is the highest by a Big East opponent at Syracuse since 1998. What has happened to SU's defense? During its 18-0 start, opponents shot just 36.8 from the field (fifth in the nation) and 28.1 from long distance (10th in the nation). In the three straight losses since, opponents have shot 50.9 percent from the field and 48.2 percent from 3-point range.
2. Iman Shumpert became just the fourth Georgia Tech player to record a triple-double, and the first since Kenny Anderson in 1989. Before that, Dennis Scott and Bruce Dalrymple had also done so. Shumpert finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in the Yellow Jackets’ 72-57 win over Virginia Tech. His performance is even more impressive when you consider he had seven assists. That’s the closest anyone has come to a quadruple-double since Lester Hudson became the first player in college basketball history to do it back in 2007. It’s also the first triple-double in ACC play since Greivis Vasquez did so against North Carolina in 2009.
3. Kansas has now won 16 straight against Colorado, and 43 of the last 44 contests. But Tuesday’s 82-78 win was still interesting. The Jayhawks prevailed despite Colorado hitting on 69.2 percent (9-13) of its 3s. That’s the highest for a KU opponent since Desmond Mason led Oklahoma State to a 69.2 percentage in 2000. The difference is that Kansas lost that game by 33 points. The last time the Jayhawks allowed such a high 3-point percentage and actually won? In 1997, UMass shot 77.8 percent (7-9) from long range, but Kansas won 73-71. For Colorado, this was its highest 3-point percentage in a loss in the past 15 years.
4. How did Florida outlast Georgia 104-91 in two overtimes? It starts with the fact that the Gators didn’t have a single player foul out, which allowed their starters to combine for 197 minutes. That led to four UF starters with season-high scoring performances. Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker each scored 24, while Vernon Macklin had a career-high 23 points. Chandler Parsons matched his season-high with 18 points, adding 12 rebounds. In all, Florida’s starters tallied 95 points, the most by an SEC starting lineup in a conference game over the past 15 seasons.
5. Florida Gulf Coast picked up a 111-103 triple-OT win at Stetson. The teams combined for the second-most points in a D-I game this season, but this one was really all about fouls. FGCU attempted 60 free throws, a school record and tied for the most in a game this season. Anthony Banks attempted 24 of those, tied for the second-most in a game this season. Stetson was whistled for 40 fouls, the most since UCF had 43 against Marshall last season. The Hatters had five players foul out, including three starters. Interestingly, the only player to play 50 minutes was FGCU’s Marlon Rivera, who did so off the bench. The last player to log 50 minutes off the bench in a game was Andy Rautins in the epic six-overtime Syracuse-Connecticut game in 2009.