College Basketball Nation: Appalachian State Mountaineers

Numbers to Know: Tuesday recap

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Player of the Night -- Nerlens Noel, Kentucky
Noel posted 10 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in Kentucky’s win against South Carolina, as the Wildcats matched a season high with their fourth straight victory. Noel and Anthony Davis are the only Kentucky players with multiple games of at least 10 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks over the past 15 seasons. Noel leads the country with 4.6 blocks per game this season.

Clutch Performer of the Night -- Michael Snaer, Florida State
Snaer did it yet again. For the third time in the past two weeks, he made a game-winning shot in the final seconds -- this time a layup at the buzzer to defeat Georgia Tech. Snaer is now 6-for-11 over the past two seasons on game-tying and go-ahead shots in the final minute of the second half or overtime, including 4-for-7 on 3-point attempts.

Stat Sheet Stuffer -- Bobby Capobianco, Valparaiso
Capobianco came off the bench to contribute 10 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in a win against Illinois-Chicago. He’s the first player to put up those numbers off the bench since UMass’s Chris Lowe had 14 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds in March 2008 against La Salle. As a team, Valparaiso put on a shooting clinic. It was the first time the Crusaders shot at least 60 percent from the field, 50 percent from the 3-point line and 90 percent on free-throw attempts since a December 2007 win against Detroit.

Bench Player of the Night -- Rion Brown, Miami (FL)
Brown came off the bench to score a game-high 22 in Miami’s win against Boston College. The 22 points match Brown’s career high, which he also scored off the bench exactly a month earlier. Over the past 15 seasons, Brown is the only Miami player to score at least 22 off the bench twice. The only other players to do it once are Guillermo Diaz, Marcus Barnes, Johnny Hemsley and Darius Rice.

Defender of the Night -- Eric Stutz, Eastern Kentucky
Stutz had quite the stat line, totaling 13 points, seven rebounds, seven steals and two blocks in just 17 minutes in a 97-31 win against Crowley’s Ridge College. Stutz is the seventh player in the past six seasons to post those numbers in a game. The others are Harvard’s Jeremy Lin, DePaul’s Mac Koshwal, Florida State’s Chris Singleton, Cleveland State’s D’Aundray Brown, Jacksonville State’s Ronnie Boggs and Appalachian State’s Nathan Healy. Stutz is the only player in the past 15 seasons with at least seven steals and two blocks while playing no more than 17 minutes.
Happy Monday morning, everyone! If you were on the Internet Sunday (I was not; this was a weekend off from the Internet, and it felt kind of great), you might well have seen the below video making the rounds on Twitter. If not, well, here you go. Like I said: Happy Monday morning.

What you are about to see -- thanks to the YouTube channel of TV 62, a student-run TV station at Western Carolina University -- may well be the worst free throw shot ever attempted in a game of basketball.

I know, right? You think the whole "worst free throw ever" stuff is cheeky hyperbole, and then you watch the video. And then you realize it is not.

Of course, Appalachian State center Brian Okam is not actually that bad at shooting free throws. In fact, the ball obviously slips out of his hand. So I don't feel all that bad singling Okam out, because we are not really insulting his abilities, because those aren't his abilities. It's all good, Brian. It happens.

Instead, I'm marveling at whatever freak occurrence of physics caused Okam's release to send that ball into such a steep parabola. And also I'm laughing at the guys boxing out, and kids broadcasting the clip: "I'm not sure WHAT that was." No one is.

ESPN.com's SoCon preview

October, 25, 2011
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Before we get to the Blue Ribbon team-by-team previews for the Southern Conference, here is Eamonn Brennan's one-minute wind sprint through the league:



Blue Ribbon breakdowns of all 12 teams in the SoCon:

Appalachian State
Chattanooga
The Citadel InsiderFree
Charleston
Davidson
Elon
Furman
Georgia Southern
Samford
UNC-Greensboro
Western Carolina
Wofford

More Southern content:

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