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The numbers you need to know

2/2/2011

Inside the numbers behind Tuesday's top performances:

1. Harrison Barnes is starting to look like the player that everyone thought he would be. The freshman scored a career-high 26 points on 9-for-15 shooting in North Carolina’s 32-point win over Boston College. It’s the second straight career-high performance for Barnes, who scored 25 against NC State on Saturday. He entered this two-game stretch averaging just 11.8 ppg, but it’s his shooting percentage that’s really taken off. After entering the weekend shooting 37.3 percent from the field, Barnes has hit 19 of 32 shots (61.5 percent). Tuesday’s performance also came on the road, where Barnes had previously been dreadful. In his first five road games, he had a 30.2 field goal percentage and was just 3-of-17 from 3-point range.

2. Wisconsin topped Purdue 66-59 with Jon Leuer’s 24 points and 13 rebounds leading the way. He’s now scored in double figures in 28 straight games dating back to last season. Leuer did have a season-high four turnovers, but the rest of the Badgers combined for only three. Wisconsin is averaging only 7.8 turnovers per game. That’s easily the fewest in the nation, with Northern Iowa next at 10.1. The last team to average fewer turnovers in a season was Temple in 2006 (7.7). It’s truly a team effort. Think of it his way: While Leuer’s 1.6 turnovers per game are the most on the team, he's tied for 1,145th-most in the nation.

Fewest Turnovers Per Game

7.8 -- Wisconsin

10.1 -- Northern Iowa

10.3 -- South Dakota State

10.4 -- Missouri State

10.5 -- Northwestern

3. Outside observers of the Mid-American Conference probably hear the names Xavier Silas and D.J. Cooper, who are second in the nation in points and assists, respectively. But since conference play started, no one in the MAC can rival the overall numbers of Julian Mavunga. The junior had a career-high 27 points to go with 11 rebounds and seven assists in Miami’s 89-75 win over Ball State. In league games, Mavunga is averaging 18.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg and 4.3 apg, all ranking in the top five in the conference. On Tuesday, he also knocked down five 3-pointers, as the RedHawks hit a school-record 16 in the game.

4. Boston University’s John Holland had 24 points and 12 rebounds in an 88-78 win over America East-leading Maine. More significantly, the senior eclipsed 2,000 points for his career. He joins Tunji Awojobi as the only players in school history to reach that milestone. Holland also became the school’s all-time leader in minutes played on Tuesday. However, he only connected on 7-for-18 from the field, as his poor shooting season continues. In the past four games, he’s averaging 15.5 ppg, but is shooting just 28.8 percent from the field. On the season, he’s shooting 36.6 percent, down from 45.9 last year.

5. On Tuesday, NJIT’s Sean McCarthy had nine blocks without scoring a point. It’s the most blocks in a game without scoring a point since Auburn’s Kyle Davis also had nine against Louisiana Tech in 2001. What makes this even more amazing? McCarthy had only played 47 minutes and registered three blocks coming into this game. By the way, NJIT picked up its first overtime win since joining the D-I ranks, beating Fairleigh Dickinson 64-62 in overtime. Just three years removed from their 0-29 seasons, the Highlanders are 8-12.