College Basketball Nation: Olu Ashaolu
December, 30, 2009
By Jeremy Lundblad | ESPN.com
1. Kentucky's John Wall set a school record with 16 assists in the Wildcats' win over Hartford. He broke Travis Ford's record of 15 set in 1993 against Eastern Kentucky. Wall's 16 assists are the most by a Division-I player this season, and the most since Pittsburgh's Levance Fields also had 16 last February. Wall is now averaging 7.5 APG, second in the nation to Siena's Ronald Moore (who had a mere 12 assists on Tuesday). In addition to the huge assist total, Wall tied a career-low with just one turnover. He also failed to score in double figures for the first time in his career, a minor footnote on a historic night.
2. Ryan Wittman and Cornell are making a lot of noise in the Ivy League. Wittman, the son of former NBA player and coach Randy Wittman, scored a career-high 34 points Tuesday in Cornell's 78-75 win at La Salle. Wittman also set Cornell's all-time scoring record in the game, surpassing John Bajusz's 1,663 points. The Big Red won their eighth straight despite missing a pair of starters. Cornell is 10-2 despite having only played two home games. It is now 6-1 in true road games, including wins at St. John's, Massachusetts and Alabama.
3. Wall may be getting the majority of the press, but what DeMarcus Cousins is doing is fairly astonishing. The freshman big man scored 19 points and added 12 rebounds on Tuesday for his seventh double-double this season. He did so in just 19 minutes. In fact, he has played fewer than 20 minutes in each of his last three games, all double-doubles. While battling foul trouble (though he had no fouls Tuesday), Cousins is averaging only 18.7 minutes per game this season. But in that time, he is also averaging 15.2 PPG and 9.0 RPG. That makes him the most efficient scorer and rebounder in the nation. Cousins is averaging 32.5 points per 40 minutes, first in the nation ahead of Seattle's Charles Garcia, and 19.2 rebounds per 40 minutes, first in the nation ahead of Duke's Brian Zoubek.
4. Seton Hall suffered its second tough conference loss in four days when it fell to Syracuse 80-73. But no one can blame those losses on not getting the ball in the hands of its superstar. Days after scoring a career-high 41 points against West Virginia, Jeremy Hazell poured in 38 on Tuesday. Hazell has attempted 64 shots (including 34 treys) in those two Big East games. His 33 attempts on Saturday were the most by a player this season. Tuesday's 31 attempts are tied for the second most in a game. There were 26 teams that attempted fewer 3s than Hazell's 15 on Tuesday.
5. Louisiana Tech improved to 12-2 with a 99-94 win at Houston on Tuesday. Rebounding was the story of the game, as the Bulldogs held a 55-32 edge on the boards. Olu Ashaolu had a career-high 21 rebounds, the fifth most in Division-I this season, to go with 17 points. Louisiana Tech got 98 of its 99 points from its starters, the third most points in a game for a starting lineup this season. Former LSU big man Magnum Rolle scored a career-high 29 points on 13-for-15 from the field.