Monday, February 4, 2013
Numbers to Know: Weekend recap
By Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats & Information
Player of the Weekend -- Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Marcus Smart finished with 25 points, nine rebounds, three assists and five steals in Oklahoma State’s 85-80 upset of No. 2 Kansas. He’s the first freshman to put up those numbers on the road since Temple’s Nile Murry in 2002. Smart is the only player in at least the past 15 years to put up those numbers against a top-10 team. In four games against ranked opponents, Smart is averaging 23.3 PPG, 6.3 RPG and 4.5 APG.
Scorer of the Weekend -- R.J. Hunter, Georgia State
R.J. Hunter exploded for 38 points, including a school-record 10 threes, in Georgia State’s 83-63 win over Old Dominion. That’s the most points by a freshman this season, and the most by a Georgia State player in almost 15 years. The 10 threes are the most by a freshman since Oregon’s Tajuan Porter in 2006.
Bench Player of the Weekend -- Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin
Frank Kaminsky came into Sunday having never hit more than two free throws in a game. He went 12-14 from the line on his way to a career-high 19 points in Wisconsin’s 74-68 road win over Illinois. That’s the most free throws off the bench by a Badger since Mike Wilkinson hit 13 in a 2002 overtime win over Ohio State.
Stat Sheet Stuffer -- Sim Bhullar, New Mexico State
Sim Bhullar scored 17 points along with five blocks and a career-high 18 rebounds in a breakout performance on Saturday. New Mexico State made easy work of UTSA, 75-62. He’s one of four players to reach those totals in a game this season, but the first freshman to do so since Tony Mitchell last season. Bhullar is a 7-foot-5 native of Toronto whose family comes from India.
Ugly Stat Line of the Weekend -- Villanova Wildcats
Can anyone figure out this Villanova team? The Wildcats beat back-to-back top-five teams and then played Notre Dame tough at home. But Sunday was as ugly as those games were impressive. Villanova lost at home to Providence 55-52, while shooting just 27.5 percent from the field. That’s their lowest in a game in five years, and the lowest at home in at least the past 15. Villanova is shooting under 40 percent at home this season.