Thursday, February 18, 2010
Inside Wednesday's box scores
By Jeremy Lundblad
There is something about Jimmer Fredette that must like getting out of Utah -- either that or he feeds off of opposing crowds. Fredette scored 36 points in BYU’s 92-70 win at Colorado State. It was Fredette’s third 35-plus point game this season, tied with Seton Hall’s Jeremy Hazell for most in the nation. At 26.3 points per game in road games (compared to just 17.8 at home), Fredette is the nation’s top scorer on the road.
To say that Xavier won the battle of the boards against St. Joe’s would not do it justice. The Musketeers held a 53 to 17 rebounding edge over the Hawks. The plus-36 edge was the largest in school history. In 17 minutes, Kenny Frease came off the bench to grab nine rebounds, equaling the total of the entire opposing starting lineup. Xavier had more offensive rebounds (18) than St. Joe’s had total rebounds. Perhaps most embarrassing of all, Xavier’s 53 rebounds eclipsed St. Joe’s point total of 52. Not surprisingly, the Hawks are tied (with 1-26 Alcorn State!) for the sixth-worst rebounding percentage in the nation.
Samardo Samuels scored a career-high 36 points in Louisville’s double-OT win over a Luke Harangody-less Notre Dame team. It’s the most points for a Cardinal since Reece Gaines had 37 in 2002. Samuels is just the second player this season with 10-plus field goals and 15-plus free throws in a game, joining Nicholls State’s Anatoly Bose. Perhaps the most overlooked improvement that Samuels has made this season is staying out of foul trouble. He logged 45 minutes Wednesday while committing only three fouls. Last season, Samuels had four or more fouls 14 times. This season, that is down to only four instances, despite logging almost four more minutes per game.
After beating Holy Cross 83-30, Navy has won four of its last five and sits in a tie for second in the Patriot League. A big reason has been the improved play of point guard O.J. Avworo, who finished with 14 points and 13 assists on Wednesday. Avworo, who started his college career at Idaho, has reached double-digit assists in each of the last four wins for the Midshipmen. In conference play, he is putting up 7.1 APG, second in the nation behind Illinois’ Demetri McCamey.
On paper, Wednesday appeared to be a pretty good matchup for Iowa State’s 6’10” center Craig Brackins. Oklahoma State features only one player over 6’7” and ranks 330th in the nation in average height according to KenPom.com. However, the Cowboys came out physical and Brackins connected on just three of 17 shots. Over the last three games, the Cyclones’ leading scorer is shooting just 26.9 percent. On the season, Brackins is shooting just 37.9 percent in the Cyclones’ 13 losses.