Monday, November 14, 2011
The numbers you need to know
By Jeremy Lundblad
A look at some of the notable performances and the numbers you need to know from the weekend in college hoops.
Familiar Faces • South Dakota State’sNate Wolters went off for 32 points and 11 assists on Saturday vs Western Michigan. Last season, only five players put up 30-point, 10-assist games. Wolters is the first to do it in November since 2008 when both Stephen Curry and David Holston pulled it off.
• North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall dished out 15 assists while committing only one turnover in the Tar Heels win over UNC Asheville on Sunday. The assist total fell one shy of his career-high from last season. The last ACC player with 15 more assists and one turnover or fewer? Maryland’s Terrell Stokes in November 1998.
• Starting for the first time since his freshman season, J’Covan Brown matched a career-high with 28 points and set a new one with eight assists as Texas topped Boston University on Sunday. He’s the first Longhorns player with at least 28 points and eight assists in a game since D.J. Augustin in 2007.
Old Names, New Playing Time • UNLV’sMike Moser went off for 16 points and 20 rebounds on Friday vs Grand Canyon in his first game with the Runnin’ Rebels. As a freshman at UCLA in 2009-10, Moser finished the season with nine points and seven rebounds.
• Last season, Jamal Wilson scored 38 points in Friday’s season opener for URI. That’s the most by a Rhode Island player since Zach Marbury, Stephon’s younger brother, scored 38 against La Salle in January 2001. Last season, he scored 87 points in 17 games, and didn’t score his 38th point until his 10th game.
• San Diego State lost its top four scorers from a year ago. So who will fill that void? Sophomore Jamaal Franklin made a statement on Sunday with 31 points against UC-Davis. Franklin scored only 64 points all last season, and already had a career high at halftime in this one.
• Tennessee sophomore Trae Golden scored 29 points in the season opener against UNC-Greensboro. He managed just 93 points all last season, and never scored in double figures. He was 5-for-9 from three-point range, after hitting just six all last season.
Nice First Impressions • Virginia Tech freshman Dorian Finney-Smith put up 10 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and four blocks in his first career game against Monmouth. He was the first Hokies player with a double-double in his debut since Jeff Allen in 2009. Over the past 15 seasons, no ACC freshman had at least 15 rebounds and five assists in a game.
• Anthony Davis scored 23 points and added 10 rebounds, as Kentucky beat Marist 108-58 on Friday. Davis became just the third Kentucky freshman with 20 points and 10 rebounds in his debut. He joins current teammate Terrence Jones and Sam Bowie.
• Iowa freshman Aaron White needed only 18 minutes of action to pick up a double-double in his first career game. White finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds in Friday’s 96-53 win over Chicago State. The 19 points are believed to be the most by an Iowa freshman in a season opener. He’s the first Hawkeye freshman with 10 points and 10 rebounds in his debut since Jess Settles in 1993.