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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Paul powers Illinois to upset win

By Jeremy Lundblad

Brandon Paul’s 43-Point Explosion
Brandon Paul exploded for 43 points in Illinois’ 79-74 win over Ohio State. It’s the third most points in Illinois history behind only Dave Downey’s 53 points in 1963 and Andy Kaufmann’s 46 in 1990.

Paul nearly doubled his previous career high of 23. It’s also the fourth most points ever scored against the Buckeyes, and the most since Central Michigan’s Tommie Johnson had 45 in 1987.

Paul also added eight points and four rebounds. Over the past 10 seasons, the only other players with 40 points, eight rebounds and four blocks were Al Thornton and Chris Kaman.

Second-Worst Loss of Rick Pitino Era
Providence stunned Louisville 90-59 behind a pair of 27-point scorers (Bryce Cotton and Kadeem Batts). The 31-point margin is the largest for the Friars over a ranked foe since 1978. For Louisville, it was the second-worst loss of the Rick Pitino era.

Vincent Council fell just two rebounds shy of a triple-double. He’s the first player with 15 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists since East Tennessee State's Courtney Pigram in 2007.

Florida State block party
Virginia Tech shot just 30.5 percent in a 63-59 loss to Florida State, but it wasn’t necessarily because the Hokies were off the mark. Of their 41 misses, 15 were blocked shots. Deividas Dulkys accounted for five of those, despite having only seven blocks entering the game.

It tied the most blocks against Virginia Tech in school history. In 1988, Dikembe Mutombo and Alonzo Mourning helped Georgetown to 15 blocks against the Hokies. The 15 blocks tied a Florida State school record set in 1994-95 against Florida Atlantic.

Seattle plays Hack-a-Husky
When Seattle faces Washington, you can count on some fouls. The Huskies attempted 59 free throws courtesy of 37 Seattle fouls in a 91-83 win. The last time these two teams met at Washington (in 2010), Seattle committed 45 fouls which led to 61 Washington free throws.

In the last three seasons, there have been five games in which a team shot at least 59 free throws. Two of those have been Washington at home against Seattle.

Seton Hall continues to roll
A pair of Seton Hall players registered career-high scoring totals in the Pirates’ 94-73 win over DePaul. Fuquan Edwin finished with 28 points, having already matched his career high at halftime.

But Jordan Theodore, overlooked as a Cousy Award finalist, was perhaps the most impressive player on the court. He finished with a career-high 26 points and 11 assists. During Seton Hall’s four-game Big East win streak, Theodore is averaging 19.3 points per game and 9.8 assists per game.