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 Tuesday:
Kansas State 65, Texas Tech 46
The two teams combined for 26 made field goals, matching the fewest in a Division I game this season (Cal Poly and USC combined for 26 in a 42-36 Cal Poly win Nov. 19). Texas Tech and Kansas State also combined for 53 fouls Tuesday. It’s the first time this year two teams combined for at least twice as many fouls as field goals. The differential of 27 more fouls than field goals is three more than in any other game this season.
Ohio State 87, Purdue 84
Purdue committed only four turnovers, none of which led to an Ohio State steal, but still lost Tuesday night in Columbus. Ohio State became the sixth team overall to win a game this season without recording a steal, and Purdue became the first Big 6 team to lose when not having the ball stolen. It’s the third time this season (and second in a row) that Purdue has lost a game in which it turned the ball over four times or fewer. No other team has lost more than one such game this year.