Tuesday, February 15, 2011
The numbers you need to know
By Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats & Info
An inside look at the numbers behind Monday's top performances:
1. Jacob Pullen's career-high 38 points keyed Kansas State’s 84-68 win over No. 1 Kansas. But it's how he got there that was most interesting. A good part of the damage was done at the line, where Pullen was 15-for-19 (78.9 percent), despite his recent struggles at the charity stripe. Throw in a 5-for-6 performance from beyond the arc, and Pullen is just the second player this season with five 3s and 15 free throws in a game, joining Xavier Silas of Northern Illinois. The only other Big 12 player to do that was Texas Tech's Rayford Young in 1999, also in an upset of Kansas. Pullen’s 23 points in the first half were also a career-best, nearly matching his season-high game total of 26.
2. Syracuse snapped its three-game losing streak at the Carrier Dome with a 63-52 win over West Virginia. The key was the return of a suffocating defense. The Mountaineers were held to 36.2 percent from the floor. Compare that to the three previous Cuse losses where opponents combined to hit 50.0 percent from the floor. Oddly, the Mountaineers were 11-for-22 from long distance, but shot just 24.0 percent from two-point range. That marked West Virginia’s worst two-point shooting in a game over the past 15 years.
3. Nevada entered Monday’s contest at Hawaii having won six of seven, with the lone loss coming at Utah State. After a 3-13 start to the season, the Wolf Pack’s season has enjoyed a dramatic turnaround. However, the Warriors managed to outlast them 69-67 in overtime thanks to the play of their big men. Vander Joaquim scored a career-high 24 points. He’s now averaging 23.0 ppg against Nevada and 7.5 ppg against everyone else. He combined with Bill Amis for 39 points, 22 rebounds and seven blocks. Compare that to the combined line of Nevada’s frontcourt duo of Dario Hunt and former Duke player Olek Czyz: 11 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks.