Thursday, December 8, 2011
Offenses struggle Wednesday on hardwood
By By Jeremy Lundblad
Frazier off the mark for Penn State
Tim Frazier was the Big Ten’s scoring and assists leader entering the night, but things went awry for the Penn State point guard. He went 0-for-12 from the field as the Nittany Lions lost to Lafayette 61-57. That tied the most field goal attempts without a make this season. It was the worst shooting performance for a Big Ten player since Wisconsin’s Kirk Penney went 0-for-16 against Tennessee in 2000. In Penn State’s four losses, Frazier is shooting 22.4 percent from the field. It was Lafayette’s first win over Penn State since 1956.
Wright State’s woeful offense
Wright State had the lowest point total in the school’s D-I history in a 55-34 loss to Air Force. The previous low was a 35-point effort against Northern Iowa in 1999. On Wednesday, the Raiders shot just 19.6 percent from the field, the second worst shooting performance by a team this season. Air Force’s man-to-man defense flummoxed the Raiders, who didn’t have a player score more than seven points. The 34 points are the fewest allowed by Air Force to a D-I school since Savannah State scored 33 in 2003.
Badgers’ defense returns
After back-to-back losses, Wisconsin enjoyed an easy 70-42 win over Green Bay. That’s now six of nine games in which the Badgers have held an opponent to fewer than 45 points. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only three teams over the past eight seasons have had more over the course of an entire season. Old Dominion (2009-10), Washington State (2008-09) and Wisconsin (2007-08) all did it seven times. This year’s Badgers squad could exceed that before the New Year.
Tu scores one at a time
Tu Holloway led Xavier to a 73-61 win over Butler, despite hitting just one field goal. His 16 points matched teammate Mark Lyons for a game-high, but 14 of those came at the line. Holloway is averaging 8.3 free throws made per game, second only to American’s Charles Hinkle. Holloway averaged 7.3 per game last season to lead the nation. Over the past 15 seasons, only five players have averaged over eight free throws.