Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The numbers you need to know
By Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats & Info
Inside the numbers behind Tuesday's top performances:
1. Illinois shot over 50 percent from the field and from 3-point range and didn’t miss a free throw. Yet the Illini still lost by 19 at Ohio State. How does that happen? Well, they only attempted three free throws, tied for their second-fewest in the past 15 years. The Buckeyes committed only nine fouls, and lead the nation in fewest fouls per game. But the bigger factor was Ohio State’s lack of turnovers. The Buckeyes didn’t have a turnover in the first half, and finished with just three. That is their fewest in a game in the past 15 seasons. There have been 13 games this season in which a team has committed three or fewer turnovers. Seven of those 13 were by a Big Ten team.
2. Xavier’s Tu Holloway finished a rebound shy of his third triple-double of the season. The junior finished with 12 points, 15 assists and nine rebounds in a 100-62 drubbing of La Salle. No other D-I player has multiple triple-doubles this season. Holloway would have been the first guard since 1994 with three triple-doubles in a season. That year, California’s Jason Kidd registered four, while Texas A&M’s David Edwards had three. With a triple-double on Saturday against Fordham, Holloway is now averaging 19.0 ppg, 12.5 APapg and 10.0 rpg in his past two games. His 15 assists on Tuesday are tied for the second-most in school history, and the most since Ralph Lee’s 15 in 1986.
3. Chris Warren’s 33 points weren’t enough, as Ole Miss lost to South Carolina 79-73. He finished 8-for-15 from 3-point range. That tied a school record for 3s in a game set by Keith Carter in 1998 against Prairie View. While Warren shined, the rest of the Rebels came up short, shooting just 31.3 percent, including 1-for-12 from long distance. Much of that was due to Zach Graham, who finished 5-for-20 from the field and missed all seven of his 3s. Led by a career-high-tying 23 points from Sam Muldrow, the Gamecocks snapped a five-game losing streak with the win.
4. It was the kind of game that led Rutgers coach Mike Rice to say: “I should be out in the parking lot right now apologizing.” Louisville shot just 35.3 percent, but still beat Rutgers by 18 points in a 55-37 win. It was the fewest points in a game for the Scarlet Knights since a very similar 60-37 loss to DePaul four years ago, also at home. Rutgers shot 29.5 percent from the field and only hit 2 of 14 from 3. It took Rutgers over five minutes to score. Nine minutes into the game, Louisville held a 17-2 advantage.
5. Tuesday was senior night at Northern Iowa, which entered the game tied with Indiana State for third place in the Missouri Valley. However, Indiana State came away with a 76-74 win to clinch the third seed in the conference tournament. The Sycamores have their bench to thank. The reserves combined to hit 10 of 14 from 3-point range, and 72.2 percent overall from the field. The Sycamores’ bench outscored its starters 40-36, and had 27 more points than the Panthers’ reserves. While the Sycamores’ top two scorers combined for just six points, Iowa native Jordan Pinty had a season-high 17 on five 3-pointers off the bench. Indiana State has rebounded from a five-game losing streak by winning four of its last five games.