College Basketball Nation: Joel Wright

Numbers to Know: Tuesday Recap

March, 6, 2013
Player of the Night -- Aaron Craft, Ohio State
While bringing his customary tenacious defense, Craft had 15 points (10 in the second half), four rebounds, four assists and four steals in Ohio State’s 67-58 win at No. 2 Indiana. For Ohio State, it was just the third true road win in school history over a top-two opponent.

Bench Player of the Night -- LaDarius White, Ole Miss
In a game with huge bubble implications, Ole Miss held off Alabama 87-83 on senior night. White had 17 points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists off the bench for the Rebels. He’s the first Ole Miss player to come off the bench and put up that stat line in a conference game since Dwayne Curtis in 2006.

Scorer of the Night -- Dwayne Davis, Southern Miss
A career-high 35 points from Davis wasn’t enough as Southern Miss fell to Marshall, 88-84. Despite the loss, Davis’ night is worthy of mention. In addition to 35 points, he had five rebounds, four assists and four steals. He’s just the third player this season to reach all of those totals, joining Texas State’s Joel Wright and Temple’s Khalif Wyatt. But the last C-USA player to do it was Houston’s Damon Jones in 1996.

Freshman of the Night -- Olivier Hanlan, Boston College
Hanlan scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half, as Boston College picked up a rare road win at Clemson. The Eagles had lost seven straight on road going into this one. At 14.6 points per game, Hanlan leads all ACC freshmen in scoring.

Ugly Stat Line -- Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois continues to be one of the nation’s most confusing squads. The same team that won six of its previous seven shot just 28.6 percent in a 63-55 loss at Iowa. That’s Illinois’ lowest field goal percentage in a Big Ten game in more than six years.

Numbers to Know: Thursday recap

January, 25, 2013
Player of the Night – Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga
Olynyk has gone from one of the nation’s most improved players to simply being one of the nation’s best players. He had 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists in Gonzaga's thumping of BYU. Most impressively, Olynyk was 9-9 from the field and 8-8 from the line. Over the past 15 years, only Monmouth’s Blake Hamilton (2003) and Maryland’s Lonny Baxter (1998) had that many attempts of each without a miss.

Scorer of the Night – Travis Bader, Oakland
Bader dropped 47 points on IUPUI, the most scored in a Division I game this season. It’s third-most points scored in Oakland history, and the most since the program moved to Division I. The Summit League hasn’t seen this many points in a game since Ben Woodside scored 60 in 2008. Bader connected on a school-record 11 three-pointers.

Freshman of the Night – Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA
The biggest win of the night goes to UCLA, which upset No. 6 Arizona at home, 84-73. It’s the highest-ranked opponent the Bruins have defeated on the road since top-ranked Stanford in 2001. Muhammad led the way with 23 points. UCLA is now 8-0 when he scores at least 20.

Stat Sheet Stuffer – Jarvis Garner, Central Arkansas
Several players had notable lines in Central Arkansas' triple overtime win over McNeese State, including Kevin Hardy who fell a point shy of a triple-double. But Garner’s performance stood above the rest. He tied a career-high 38 points (including several pivotal 3s), to go with 15 rebounds and five assists. The last two players to post those numbers were Norris Cole (2011) and Luke Jackson (2004).

Bench Player of the Night – Joel Wright, Texas State
Given that he played 34 minutes, Wright is a bench player in name only. But that shouldn’t take away from this 37-point explosion in Texas State's road win over Idaho. He also pitched in six rebounds, five assists and five steals. He’s just the third player to post those numbers in a game over the past 10 seasons, and the only in at least the past 15 seasons to do it off the bench. Wright’s 37 points are the most off the bench since the aforementioned Bader did it last season.