Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Inside Tuesday's box scores
By Jeremy Lundblad
Ekpe Udoh fell a block shy of his second triple-double of the season in Baylor’s 88-70 win over Texas Tech. Udoh finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 9 blocks. He would have been just the second Big 12 player with multiple triple-doubles in a season since the conference formed. Colorado’s David Harrison had a pair back in 2003. Meanwhile, Baylor clinched its third straight 20-win season with the win. The Bears only had three such seasons before Scott Drew arrived.
North Carolina only put up 51 points in a loss to Georgia Tech. That’s the fewest points of the Roy Williams era, and the fewest by a Tar Heels team since 48 against Duke in 2002. The Tar Heels shot just 32.2 percent from the field, their lowest since a 2003 win over Akron. North Carolina also had its worst performance from the line (41.7 percent) since 2003. The first half was particularly disastrous, as the Tar Heels nearly had more turnovers (15) than points (21).
Michigan came back from a five-point deficit with just 22 seconds remaining in regulation to notch an overtime win over Iowa. DeShawn Sims led the charge with six points in the final 15 seconds. Both Sims and Manny Harris put up 20-point, 10-rebound games in the win. It’s just the third time that Sims and Harris have had a double-double in the same game, and the first time both went for 20 and 10.
Northern Iowa got back to its defensive ways on Tuesday, clinching its first outright MVC regular-season title. The Panthers did so by holding Creighton to 52 points and a 37.5 field goal percentage. This came after giving up 68 points in Saturday’s loss to Bradley. Northern Iowa is second in the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 55.1 PPG. In conference play, that is down to 53.5 PPG, also second to Princeton. A big part of those low point totals is the fact that Northern Iowa does not send its opponents to the line. Panthers’ opponents attempt only 13.8 free throws per game, third fewest in the nation.
Speaking of Princeton, the Tigers improved to 6-1 in the Ivy League with a 58-51 win at Penn. The 51 points allowed represent just the second time that Princeton has allowed an Ivy opponent to crack 50 points. In seven games, Princeton has held conference opponents to just 46.6 PPG and 35.5 percent from the floor. Princeton is a perfect 5-0 in conference road games, and closes its conference slate with five of seven at home, though a test in Ithaca looms.