College Basketball Nation: Kent Bazemore

Behind the box scores: Saturday's games

February, 26, 2012
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 Saturday.

Note of the Day
Four players had at least 30 points and 10 rebounds Saturday; no other day this season had seen more than two players accomplish that. Old Dominion’s Kent Bazemore (37 points, 12 rebounds), FIU’s DeJuan Wright (35 and 13), San Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin (31 and 16) and Fordham’s Chris Gaston (35 and 16) pulled it off Saturday.

Fordham 67, La Salle 62
As part of his 30-10 day, Gaston took 30 shots and grabbed 15 offensive rebounds, both the most by a Division I player this season. He’s the first player with 15 offensive rebounds in a game in more than nine years. Interestingly, Gaston had just one defensive rebound Saturday.

Texas Southern 67, Alabama State 59
Alabama State missed all 19 of its 3-point attempts in the loss, the fourth-most threes without a make by a team this season. Before this season, no team had shot 0-for-19 or worse from three since 2008.

Fairleigh Dickinson 45, St. Francis (NY) 44
Fairleigh Dickinson missed all 11 of its 3-point attempts in the win, the seventh team this season to go at least 0-for-10 from three in a win.

Penn 55, Harvard 54
The Quakers grabbed just 17 rebounds in the win, matching the fewest by a winning team this season. Western Kentucky had 17 rebounds in a win against Arkansas State on Thursday.

UC Santa Barbara 68, Cal Poly 60
Orlando Johnson scored 16 points to become UC Santa Barbara’s all-time scoring leader with 1,710 points.

IPFW 76, UMKC 73
IPFW’s Trey McCorkle made 13 of his 14 field-goal attempts (92.9 percent), the highest percentage by a player this year in a game with at least 12 attempts.

Michigan State 62, Nebraska 34
Nebraska’s 34 points are the school’s lowest in the shot-clock era and the second-lowest by a major conference school this season (Utah scored 33 against Colorado on Dec. 31). However, Nebraska did make all four of its free-throw attempts, the second straight game the Cornhuskers have not missed a free throw (3 for 3 against Purdue on Wednesday). It’s the fourth time this season Nebraska did not miss a free throw; only Wisconsin has done it as often.

CAA standouts recovering from surgery

September, 29, 2011
The CAA is a conference to watch this season, with VCU coming off a Final Four appearance and George Mason primed to make another NCAA tournament run.

But a new crop of players will have to step up, as the entire All-CAA first team completed its eligibility, and two all-conference players -- Old Dominion's Kent Bazemore and Drexel's Chris Fouch -- are recovering from offseason surgeries.

Bazemore, the CAA's reigning defensive player of the year and top returning scorer for the Monarchs, had been hoping to return by the start of the season after fracturing his left foot.

But reports that Bazemore will now likely miss the first month of the season after ODU coach Blaine Taylor told the website that the senior is a "long ways off from working out."

It's unsettling news for ODU because the versatile 6-foot-5 Bazemore has NBA potential and averaged 12.3 points and 5.1 rebounds while leading the league in steals last season.

Meanwhile, Drexel announced last week that leading scorer Chris Fouch would miss the start of the season while recovering from offseason knee surgery.

Fouch, a junior who had redshirted his freshman season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, has become one of the top shooters in the CAA and averaged 14.9 points for the Dragons last season despite making only two starts.

A third CAA all-conference player -- Luke Hancock -- transferred this offseason from George Mason, which has also suspended starting guard Andre Cornelius following an offseason arrest.

So a number of the league's contenders will have to make adjustments at the start of the season. Missing players at the start of the season won't necessarily damage their postseason chances, but it does remain a concern.