College Basketball Nation: Adam Kemp

Numbers to Know: Thursday recap

February, 8, 2013
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Player of the Night – Nate Wolters, South Dakota State
Wolters scored 53 points, the most by any D-I player in the last four seasons. The last D-I player to score that many points was Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks, who scored 54 against Tennessee in January 2009. Wolters accounted for 53 of South Dakota State’s 80 points, or 66 percent of its scoring Thursday. He shot 17-of-28 from the field, including 9-of-14 on 3-point attempts. Wolters and Meeks are the only players in the last 15 seasons to score 53 points while shooting 60 percent on field-goal attempts with nine or more 3-pointers.

Clutch Performance of the Night – D.J. Richardson, Illinois
Richardson went on a personal 8-0 run in the final three minutes against Indiana to tie the game before Tyler Griffey won the game with a buzzer-beating layup. Richardson scored 23 points, the second-highest total of his career. Illinois is now 5-0 in Richardson’s career when he scores at least 20 points.

Passer of the Night – Frankie Dobbs, Bryant
Dobbs dished out a career-high 13 assists in Bryant’s win over St. Francis (NY). Dobbs’ previous career high was 10 assists, which he accomplished twice. After finishing 1-17 in conference play and 2-28 overall last season, the Bulldogs are now in first place in the Northeast Conference with a 9-2 conference record.

Efficient Offensive Player of the Night – Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
Canaan stepped up for Murray State in a key win over Belmont. Canaan scored 26 points – including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 35 seconds left -- while attempting just nine field-goal attempts. He also added six assists. Canaan is the only D-I player this season to score at least 26 points and dish out at least six assists while attempting fewer than 10 field goals.

Stat Sheet Stuffer – Adam Kemp, Marist
Kemp and his Marist teammates had quite the night. Not only did Kemp put up an impressive stat line of 29 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks, but Marist won at Iona, 105-104 in double-overtime. Kemp is the first D-I player with at least 29 points, 16 rebounds, and seven blocks in a game since Rider’s Jason Thompson against Siena in January 2007. It’s quite coincidental that the only players to post those numbers over the last seven seasons both did it in MAAC conference play.

Old Spice Classic primer

November, 21, 2012
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Gonzaga and Davidson are the most experienced teams in this field. Might we see a mid-major finale? Stay tuned....

The basics: Nov. 22-23, 25 at HP Fieldhouse in Orlando, Fla.

The set matchups: Thursday – West Virginia vs. Marist, Noon ET; Vanderbilt vs. Davidson, 2 p.m.; UTEP vs. Oklahoma, 7 p.m.; Clemson vs. Gonzaga, 9 p.m. Friday – semifinals and consolation games. Sunday – consolation games and championship game.

The favorite: Gonzaga, ranked 17th in the AP poll this week, is clearly the team to beat. The Zags feature a versatile roster that lost only one key contributor from last season, and coach Mark Few will be looking to hone his team early in hopes of a 14th straight trip to the NCAA tournament.

FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Jake Cohen, Davidson – The Wildcats return all five starters from the squad that won the Southern Conference championship, including Cohen, the league's reigning player of the year. He is averaging 10 points and 6.3 rebounds but is shooting only 32.3 percent. Davidson has a surprising 1-2 record.

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James Snook/US PresswireKevin Pangos and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are one of the favorites entering the Old Spice Classic.
Milton Jennings, Clemson – As one of only two scholarship seniors on this year’s team (along with forward Devin Booker), the former McDonald’s All-American has a chance to live up to his billing this season. He is averaging 10.5 points (second behind Booker) and 6.5 rebounds, and he needs to continue to be a major player for the Tigers to be a factor in this tournament.

Adam Kemp, Marist – The 6-foot-10 junior has averaged a double-double over his first three games (11 ppg, 10 rpg) and has developed as a reliable inside weapon. But he’ll have his hands full with some big foes during this tournament.

Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga – The guard led his team in scoring (13.6 ppg) as a freshman and is averaging 11 points and five assists thus far. He’s also made 6 of 13 3-point attempts, picking up where he left off last season, when he converted 40.1 percent from long distance.

Steven Pledger, Oklahoma – The senior has said that three straight losing seasons has fueled his fire. As a result, he is averaging 12 points and 42.1 percent shooting in the Sooners’ first two games. Those are stats he’ll want to keep building upon to keep his team winning.

FOUR BIG QUESTIONS:

How big of a difference will Kelly Olynyk make? After being suspended for the first three games of the season for violating the school’s code of conduct, the 7-foot Zags forward should make his season debut against Clemson on Thursday. He redshirted last year but averaged 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds as a sophomore in 2010-11. He should add even more depth to an already deep squad.

Will the Mountaineers bounce back? After getting blown out 84-50 at Gonzaga on Nov. 12, West Virginia would probably love a rematch in the championship game, but the Mountaineers have to get there first. That means improving from the outside (they missed their first 10 3-pointers), taking better care of the ball (they turned it over 18 times) and, according to coach Bob Huggins, competing harder.

Who are these Vanderbilt guys? You might recognize sophomore guard Kedren Johnson, who converted the three-point play that gave the Commodores the lead for good when they upset Kentucky in the SEC tournament. But otherwise, it’s not a very familiar group. All five starters from last season are gone, and Johnson (who averaged only 3.1 ppg last season) is the leading returning scorer. He is averaging 19.5 points so far this season, followed by junior Kyle Fuller (16.0) and freshman Kevin Bright (10.0).

Will the brothers keep leading? It’s always fun to watch brothers who are teammates, especially when those brother-teammates are leading their team in scoring. UTEP’s Chris Washburn, a 6-foot-8 freshman, is averaging 12.5 points and 3.5 rebounds off the bench, while 6-7 sophomore Julian Washburn is a starter averaging 11 points and 2.5 rebounds.

THE PICKS

Opening games: West Virginia over Marist; Davidson over Vanderbilt; Oklahoma over UTEP; Gonzaga over Clemson

Semifinals: Davidson over West Virginia; Gonzaga over Oklahoma

Championship: Gonzaga over Davidson

Behind the box scores: Wednesday's games

February, 16, 2012
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A scan of the college basketball box scores each night guarantees all kinds of statistical oddities and standout performances. Here are some we found from Wednesday:

UAB 47, SMU 28
SMU shot 8-for-46 (17.4 percent) in scoring just 28 points in the loss. That’s the lowest field goal percentage by a team this season, and only two teams have scored fewer points in a game (Arkansas State on Nov. 22 and Towson on Jan. 4 each scored 27). Last season, SMU shot 72.3 percent in a game against Lamar, the highest field goal percentage by any team in 2010-11.

Drake 62, Bradley 55
Bradley missed all 20 of its 3-point attempts in the loss, the second most 3-point attempts without a make by a team this season. South Alabama missed all 24 3-point attempts in a loss to Florida State on Nov. 20.

Oakland 76, Southern Utah 68 (OT)
Four of Oakland’s starters did not make a field goal, the first time this season a team has done that. Drew Valentine played the full 45 minutes without a field goal, the most minutes by any player without a basket in a game this season. The one starter who did make a field goal, Reggie Hamilton, also made all 13 of his free throw attempts. It’s the third time Hamilton has gone at least 12-for-12 from the line; no other player has done it more than once.

Air Force 58, Wyoming 53
Air Force became the second team this season to win a game despite not recording an offensive rebound (Norfolk State on Nov. 27 against Eastern Kentucky was the other). No team last season failed to record an offensive rebound in a game.

Marist 72, Loyola (MD) 54
Marist’s Adam Kemp had 17 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks in the Red Foxes’ win. Kemp is the fourth player this year with at least 15 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks in a game, joining Kentucky’s Anthony Davis, Auburn’s Kenny Gabriel and Kansas’ Jeff Withey.

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