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Thursday, January 27, 2011
The numbers you need to know

By Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats & Info

Inside the numbers behind Wednesday’s top performances:

1. In case you missed it, Jimmer Fredette put on quite a show in BYU's 71-58 victory over previously unbeaten San Diego State. The senior poured in 43 points, breaking a record for most by a BYU player at the Marriott Center previously shared by Marty Haws (1989) and Danny Ainge (1978). With his teammates shooting just 34.4 percent and missing all seven of their 3s, Fredette carried the team for much of the game. At one point, Fredette scored 17 straight points for the Cougars. He's now topped 42 points in three of his past four games, giving him three of the top 10 scoring performances in the nation this season. Fredette is averaging 35.7 ppg in Mountain West games. That's 10.4 ppg more than any other player in the nation during conference play. Over the past 15 seasons, no one has averaged more in conference play than Long Island's Charles Jones, who put up 32.3 ppg in the NEC in 1996-97.

Most PPG In Conference Play (this season)
35.7 -- Jimmer Fredette, BYU (Mountain West)
25.3 -- Andrew Goudelock, Charleston (Southern)
25.3 -- Xavier Silas, Northern Illinois (MAC)
25.0 -- C.J. McCollum, Lehigh (Patriot)
24.2 -- Charles Jenkins, Hofstra (CAA)

2. Lost in all the Jimmer jabber? There's a new No. 2 scorer in the nation. Amidst all the talk of Jimmer vs. Kemba, Silas slipped past Kemba Walker for second in the nation. The margin is razor-thin, with Silas averaging 24.44 and Walker at 24.42. On Wednesday, Silas scored 39 points in a 83-74 win over Akron. The former Colorado guard spent much of the second half at the line, hitting 14 of 18 free throws after the break. How important is Silas to the Huskies? He's averaging 32.0 ppg in their seven wins.

3. Texas Tech's Mike Singletary had 33 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in a win over Iowa State. He had been averaging just 9.8 ppg in conference play coming into the game. That's the first 30-10-5 game ever in a Big 12 Conference game, and just the third in the 15-year history of the conference. The others? Blake Griffin and Drew Gooden.

30 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, Big 12 history
Mike Singletary, Texas Tech -- 33/10/6 on Wednesday at Iowa State
Blake Griffin, Oklahoma -- 35/21/5 in 2008 vs. Gardner-Webb
Drew Gooden, Kansas -- 30/18/5 in 2002 vs. Valparaiso

4. Thanks to 23 offensive rebounds, Villanova attempted 77 shots on Wednesday. But it only hit 32.5 percent of them, falling to Providence 83-68. It's the third-most shots the Wildcats have attempted in the past 15 seasons. However, the two Coreys never found their range. Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes combined to shoot 4-for-26 from the field and just 1-for-13 from 3-point range. Ironically, Providence wasn't much better from the field. The Friars finished at 37.3 percent, and Marshon Brooks was held to 4-for-15. Providence won this one at the line where it hit 31 of 38 (81.6 percent). The Friars improve to 3-27 against top-10 teams in the past 10 seasons.

5. Not long ago, a game between Illinois State and Bradley was more than just a rivalry. It also had significant bubble implications for a pair of schools that have experienced recent heartbreak on Selection Sunday. This season? The rivalry is all that's at stake. Illinois State brought its 1-8 MVC record into the game to face 0-9 Bradley. The game itself turned into a thriller with ISU prevailing 79-78 in overtime. Austin Hill scored 10 of his 12 points in the overtime to emerge as the hero. Jackie Carmichael came off the bench for 24 points and 17 rebounds, tying the most rebounds by a reserve this season. It's the only 20-15 game off the bench by a MVC player in the past 15 years.