Stats & Info: Indiana Hoosiers

Kentucky, Kansas advance in different ways

March, 24, 2012
The Kentucky Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks advanced to the Elite Eight, but both teams took very different paths to get there.

(1) Kentucky 102, (4) Indiana 90
Kentucky avenged one of its two losses with a fast-paced attack that the Indiana Hoosiers were unable to slow down.

In fact, Kentucky's 102 points are the most ever against Indiana in the Men's Basketball Championship.

Kentucky scored 24 points in transition and has now scored 20-plus transition points in each of its three Men's Basketball Championship games. Kentucky’s 70 total transition points are the most of any team in the tournament.

Another factor in becoming the only tournament team this year to score 100 points was that Kentucky made 35 of 37 free throws.

That's the most makes for the Wildcats in a Men's Basketball Championship game. The 94.6 free throw percentage is the highest in tournament history of any team with at least 30 attempts.

Overall it's Kentucky's 12th 100-point game in the Men's Basketball Championship, giving the Wildcats sole possession of second place.

Kentucky advances to the Elite Eight for the third straight season and will face the Baylor Bears Sunday for a trip to the Final Four.

(2) Kansas 60, (11) NC State 57
Kansas advanced to the Elite Eight for the seventh time in the last 11 seasons, but had to fend off a late North Carolina State Wolfpack surge to get there.

What ultimately won the game for Kansas was its domination down low. The Jayhawks controlled the interior by taking 42 shots from inside the paint and outscoring the Wolfpack, 44-22.

Kansas’ presence down low was also a major factor on the defensive side of the ball as Jeff Withey registered 10 blocked shots.

That’s tied with former Jayhawk Cole Aldrich for second-most in Men’s Basketball Championship history. Only Shaquille O'Neal (11) had more blocks than Withey and Aldrich in a single tournament game.

Also of note was Thomas Robinson who dropped an 18-point, 15-rebound performance. That gave Robinson 26 double-doubles, breaking Drew Gooden’s single-season school record of 25, set in 2002.

Kansas now moves on to play the North Carolina Tar Heels for a chance at the Final Four.
(10) Xavier vs (3) Baylor, Friday 7:15 ET
Baylor has outscored its opponents by 20 second-chance points, the most of any team in the 2012 Men’s Basketball Championship. The Bears entered the tournament averaging 12.4 second-chance points (third in Big 12), but allowed a Big 12-worst 11.4 second-chance points per game.

Xavier outscored Lehigh 15-6 in the final five minutes of the game and 17-6 in the last five minutes of the first half. During those two runs, the Musketeers shot 75 percent. The Mountain Hawks shot 21.1 percent in that span. Baylor has outscored its opponents by 13 points and is allowing 29.6 percent shooting during the final five minute of halves during the tournament.

Kenny Frease scored 22 points in the paint in Xavier’s win over Lehigh, tied for the most paint points in a game in this year’s tournament. (Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas had 22 against Loyola-MD).

Xavier’s tournament opponents are shooting 26.9 percent outside the paint (T-19th in field), including 2-12 in the final five minutes.

Baylor is 23-1 when shooting at least 33 percent on 3-pointers this season (13-0 when making at least eight threes), but 6-6 when shooting below 33 percent. The Bears only have two players who make at least one 3-pointer per game: Pierre Jackson and Brady Heslip, both of whom shoot better than 40 percent beyond the arc.

All 14 of Heslip’s field goals in the tournament have been catch-and-shoot threes. He’s 0-for-3 off the dribble and 14-for-20 when shooting without a dribble. Heslip has scored 44 points in the tournament -- 42 on 3-pointers, the most points outside the paint by any player in the field.

(4) Indiana vs (1) Kentucky, Friday 9:45 ET
Due to foul trouble, Anthony Davis played just 24 minutes in Kentucky's 73-72 loss to Indiana on Dec. 10. Kentucky was not the same without Davis, outscored by 12 points in the 16 minutes that he sat.

Davis leads the nation with 166 blocked shots this season. More than 82 percent (137 of 166) of Davis’ blocks have come in the paint, but he has also blocked 14 3-point attempts.

Indiana is shooting 43.7 percent on 3-pointers this season, the second-highest in the country behind Northern Colorado. The Hoosiers are 10-0 when shooting better than 50 percent beyond the arc.

Their primary 3-point threats (Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford, Matt Roth) each make more than 44 percent of their 3-pointers.

Kentucky outscored Indiana, 50-24, in the paint on Dec. 10, but the Hoosiers have matched Kentucky point-for-point in the paint through two games of the tournament.

Kentucky leads the 2012 Men’s Basketball Championship with 46 transition points, scoring 69.5 percent of these points off missed shots.

In transition, Kentucky has five made 3-pointers, committed no turnovers and racked up 14 assists, all of which lead the tournament. Indiana has allowed 8.5 transition points per game in the tournament (T-31st most).
(8) Iowa State 77, (9) Connecticut 64
UConn becomes the first defending champ to lose its first Men’s Basketball Championship since UCLA in 1996, and just the fourth since seeding began in 1979. Connecticut suffers its fourth-worst NCAA Tournament loss under Jim Calhoun and loses for just the second time in the Round of 64.

Iowa State advances to the Round of 32 for the 1st time since 2005.

(1) Kentucky 81, (16) Western Kentucky 66
The Cyclones will meet top overall seed Kentucky, which advances to the Round of 32 for the third straight season with a 15-point win over Western Kentucky. Kentucky has won 20 of its past 21 games in the Round of 64.

VCU (12) 62, Wichita State (5) 59
Last year’s Cinderealla, VCU, wins its sixth Men's Basketball Championship game over the past two years -- all as an 11-seed or lower. VCU now has seven wins as an 11-seed or worse since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

That’s the most such wins of any team in that span, one more than Richmond.

(7) Gonzaga 77, (10) West Virginia 54
The Bulldogs hand Bob Huggins his second-worst defeat as a head coach in a Men's Basketball Championship game. Gonzaga has won at least one NCAA Tournament game in four straight years. The 23-point win is the third-largest in a 7-vs-10 game since 1985 and the largest since Tulsa beat UNLV by 27 in 2000.

(3) Baylor 68, (14) South Dakota State 60
Baylor gets its fourth win in the Men's Basketball Championship since 2010; the Bears had just three wins in the Tournament from 1939-2009. Baylor advances to the Round of 32 for just the second time in school history (2010).

(4) Indiana 79, (13) New Mexico State 66
Indiana advances to the Round of 32 for the first time since 2007. Cody Zeller has 14 points, five rebounds and six steals, tying a school record for steals in an NCAA Tournament game. The Hoosiers shoot 59.3 percent from the floor, their best in a Men's Basketball Championship game since 2002. New Mexico State has lost five straight Men's Basketball Championship games and nine straight games against ranked teams.

(2) Ohio State 78, (15) Loyola (MD) 59
Deshaun Thomas scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Ohio State to the Round of 32 for the third straight season. Loyola (MD) falls to 0-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

(11) Colorado 68, (6) UNLV 64
Colorado saw its 20-point lead trimmed to two points in the second half, but was able to hold on for its first Men's Basketball Championship win since 1997. Colorado got 36 points from its bench and is 12-3 when one of its reserves scores at least 10 points this season. UNLV was held to its second-lowest field-goal percentage of the season (32.4) and falls to 13-6 in its first game of the Men’s Basketball Championship.

Wednesday recap: Gordon, Lobos top MWC

February, 16, 2012
Player of the Night – Drew Gordon
New Mexico went on the road to beat No. 15 San Diego State 77-67. It gave the Lobos their signature win and sole possession of first place in the Mountain West. Gordon finished with 17 points and 17 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season. It’s the second time this season he’s gone for at least 17 and 17 on the road.

Stat Sheet Stuffer – Jack Cooley
Has anyone in the Big East stepped up as much as Cooley? He had 22 points and 18 rebounds in Notre Dame’s 71-53 win over Rutgers. Cooley has gone for 20 and 10 in each of his past three games, and is averaging 22 points and 15 rebounds during that stretch.

Freshman of the Night – Cody Zeller
Indiana held off Northwestern to win 71-66. Zeller led the way with 23 points and seven rebounds. Most impressively, he went 9-for-11 from the field, and now has 65.6 field goal percentage. Were it not for Ricardo Ratliffe and his historic pace, Zeller would be leading the nation in that category. The freshman record belongs to Michael Freeman, who shot 67.8 percent for Hampton in 2006-07.

Breakout Game – Jonathan Mills
Southern Miss outlasted Tulsa 77-69 in overtime thanks to a career game out of Mills. Entering the night averaging fewer than 9 points per game, he scored a career-high 25 points to go with 10 rebounds. Mills went 13-for-13 at the line and is 27-for-27 over his past three games. Not bad for a guy who was shooting 60 percent at the line going into that stretch.

Ugly Stat Line – Southern Methodist Mustangs
SMU shot just 17.4 percent in a 47-28 loss to UAB. It was the school’s lowest scoring total of the shot-clock era, and the fewest points since a 26-point effort in 1956. The Mustangs are the first team since Samford in 2008 to score fewer than 30 points and shoot under 20 percent.

Behind the box scores: Saturday's games

February, 5, 2012
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 Saturday:

Note of the Day
Six teams had three or fewer turnovers Saturday. Entering the day, only eight teams had had a game with three or fewer giveaways.

George Mason 54, Old Dominion 50
George Mason won despite shooting 27.7 percent from the field and committing 21 turnovers. The only other team to win a game this season despite shooting less than 30 percent and committing at least 20 turnovers was Kentucky on Dec. 31 against Louisville.

North Carolina 83, Maryland 74
North Carolina’s Kendall Marshall had 16 assists Saturday, matching the highest single-game total by any player this season. He had nine more assists than the entire Maryland team. That nine-assist margin is the highest this year by one player over the opposing team.

Indiana 78, Purdue 61
Purdue lost despite turning the ball over only three times. It’s the second time the Boilermakers have lost a game with three or fewer turnovers; all other Division I teams have combined to do it only four times on the year.

Valparaiso 63, Wright State 54
The Crusaders won despite registering just one offensive rebound. Only six teams this year have had a game with no more than one offensive rebound, and Valpo has done it twice. Those six teams are a combined 6-0 in those games.

Morehead State 56, Eastern Illinois 55
Morehead State attempted only 30 field goals in the win, the lowest number of field-goal attempts by a team this season. The next-lowest total was achieved Saturday as well, as Valparaiso attempted only 32 shots in its win over Wright State.

Oakland 74, Western Illinois 70 (2 OT)
Oakland’s Lucas Laval-Perry did not score a point in 41 minutes of action, matching the longest scoreless appearance by any player this season.

Cal State Fullerton 99, UC Santa Barbara 86
Cal State Fullerton hit 17 of 26 3-pointers (65.4 percent), the highest percentage by any team in a game this season, minimum 25 attempts.

Drexel 65, Towson 57
Drexel’s Frantz Massenat made all 15 of his free-throw attempts Saturday, one shy of the most free-throw attempts without a miss by any player this season. Massenat has now made his last 33 free-throw attempts.

BYU 79, Portland 60
BYU attempted 53 free throws Saturday at Portland, five more than any other road team in a game this season.

Davidson 88, Chattanooga 61
Davidson attempted 40 threes in the win, only the second time since January 1st that a team has attempted that many threes. The other instance in 2012 happened Thursday in Chattanooga’s prior game, in which Western Carolina attempted 41 threes.
Player of the Night - Rodney McGruder
After a 1-3 start in the Big 12, Kansas State badly needed a win Wednesday against Texas. Rodney McGruder made sure of it with a career-high 33 points, as the Wildcats held on to win, 84-80. McGruder kept the Wildcats above water early, scoring 13 of their first 26 points. He’s really stepping up at home. In three conference games in Manhattan, McGruder is averaging 27.7 PPG with a 62.5 field goal percentage.

Filling Up The Stat Sheet – Colt Ryan
Two weeks ago, Doug McDermott torched Bradley for 44 points. On Wednesday, it was Colt Ryan’s turn. The Evansville junior scored a career-high 39 points in a 90-67 win over the Braves. Ryan was just one point shy of being the first Evansville player to score 40 in a game since Parrish Casebier in Dec. 1992. Ryan finished 8-for-14 from 3-point range. He’s joins Villanova’s Maalik Wayns as the only players with at least 39 points, nine rebounds and three assists in a game this season.

Breakout Game – Reginald Buckner
Arnett Moultrie has been the talk of the SEC, but he was overshadowed Wednesday, as Reginald Buckner scored a career-high 19 points to go with 15 rebounds as Ole Miss topped Mississippi State, 75-68. Buckner entered the game averaging just 5.9 PPG.

Bench Stars – Jorge Brian Diaz and Dylan Talley
Jorge Brian Diaz knocked down a pair of free throws with 11 seconds remaining give Nebraska a 70-69 upset win over Indiana. It’s the Cornhuskers' first win over Indiana since 1920. Diaz and Dylan Talley, both bench players, combined for 17 points in the second half, as the Cornhuskers erased a seven-point halftime deficit.

Ugly Stat Line of the Night - Jordan Theodore
Jordan Theodore entered Wednesday on track to be the first Big East player to average 16 points and seven assists per game since Sherman Douglas in the late 1980s. But in Seton Hall’s 84-76 loss to Villanova, Theodore couldn’t find the bottom of the net. He went 2-for-16 from the field, including 0-for-8 from two-point range.

MWC continues to climb in power rankings

January, 10, 2012
The Big Ten remains at the top of ESPN Stats and Info’s weekly college basketball power rankings, but the Mountain West has continued to move closer to the ACC and the top five.

For a complete recap of how we rank the conferences, click here and here.

The computers have continued to rate the Big Ten highly, as their ranking increased from 56.0 to 49.7 this week. The conference now has three teams in the top eight in the nation, with Ohio State, Michigan State and Indiana continuing to win during Big Ten play.

The Mountain West Conference has consistently increased its final rating throughout the season, and is at a season high 78.4 this week, now just two points behind the ACC. The MWC has two teams ranked in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls for the second straight week, and UNLV jumped five spots in both polls this week from 17 to 12.

The conference has performed very well in out-of-conference games this season, posting a .765 winning percentage, the fourth-highest of any conference. The Mountain West ranks above the ACC, SEC and Pac-12 in out-of-conference winning percentage, and had its most success against the Pac-12, winning 11 of 14 games.

The highest human bonus went to the Big 12 this week. Although Missouri lost to Kansas State last Saturday, the Wildcats capitalized on that win to move up from 22 to 18 in both polls, and Kansas joined Mizzou and Baylor in the top 10.

While the Big East was previously at the top of the human bonus, it has faltered lately and is now the fourth-rated conference according to the human polls. Syracuse is still controlling the top of both polls, but Connecticut, Louisville and Georgetown struggled last week, all falling out of the top 10.

The Pac-12 dropped to a season-low ninth in the power rankings this week, and is now sitting behind three mid-major conference teams.

Perfection on the line this weekend

December, 16, 2011
As we enter this weekend’s slate of college hoops, there are just nine remaining unbeaten teams in Division I. All of those squads will put their perfect records on the line this weekend.

Baylor Bears (8-0)
Baylor travels to Provo, UT where it will face a BYU Cougars team that has only lost five games at home since 2005-06. During that span, the Bears are 48-2 in non-conference home games, but lost their only such game against a ranked foe in 2009 vs Wake Forest.

Illinois Fighting Illini (10-0)
Saturday at the United Center, Illinois and the UNLV Runnin' Rebels will face off in a rematch of last year’s NCAA Tournament Round of 64 game won by the Illini. Illinois is 10-0 for the first time since starting 15-0 in the 2005-06 season.

Indiana Hoosiers (9-0)
The last time Indiana faced the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the Irish won 88-50 at the 2008 Maui Classic in Hawaii. This will be the first meeting between the two in-state rivals in Indianapolis since 1959. On Saturday, the Hoosiers look to improve to 10-0 for the first time since 1989-90.

Louisville Cardinals (9-0)
Louisville takes on an unranked Memphis Tigers team that is just 5-3 and has failed to live up to expectations as the ninth-ranked team in the preseason poll. This will be the 86th meeting between these former C-USA, Metro Conference and MVC rivals. Louisville holds a 51-34 edge including 30-11 at home.

Marquette Golden Eagles (9-0)
Marquette is off to its best start since the 2004-05 season and is looking to start a season with 10 straight wins for just the sixth time in school history. The Golden Eagles host the Northern Colorado Bears in the first-ever meeting between the schools.

Missouri Tigers (10-0)
The Tigers improved to 10-0 with a 104-67 win over the Kennesaw State Owls on Thursday night. This is their best start since they opened the 1991-92 season with 11 straight wins. They host the William & Mary Tribe on Sunday.

Murray State Racers (11-0)
Murray State became the first team to 11-0 with an 89-65 win over Lipscomb on Thursday night. The Racers are off to their best start since 1950-51, and the fourth-best start in school history. They host the Arkansas State Red Wolves Saturday.

Syracuse Orange (10-0)
Syracuse heads to Raleigh, NC to take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack for its first true road game against a non-conference opponent since facing Memphis in December 2008. NC State is 5-25 all-time against the AP No. 1. Only 11 schools have more such wins.

Xavier Musketeers (8-0)
The Musketeers play their first game since the brawl with the Cincinnati Bearcats last weekend. Xavier, which hosts the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles on Sunday, has won 14 straight and 44 of its last 45 games at the Cintas Center.

Hoosiers improved offense fuels revival

December, 16, 2011

AP Photo/Darron Cummings
Christian Watford and the Hoosiers celebrate their upset win over against Kentucky last weekend.
Christian Watford's buzzer-beating, game-winning three-pointer to upset the Kentucky Wildcats last weekend may have shocked the college basketball world, but it was hardly a surprise for coach Tom Crean and his Indiana Hoosiers. Watford and his teammates have been making those shots all season long.

On the heels of their dramatic win over Kentucky last Saturday, the Hoosiers are 9-0 and off to their best start since the 1989-90 season, when they started 10-0. Through Indiana’s first nine games this season, the team’s biggest improvement has come on the offensive end.

One of the keys to their success this season is the Hoosiers’ impressive three-point shooting. Indiana’s field goal percentage from beyond the arc has increased from 35 percent last season (165th in Division I) to 46 percent, which ranks second nationally behind Creighton.

Largely due to its improvement from three-point range, Indiana has been outstanding on catch-and-shoot plays this season. The Hoosiers are shooting 76 percent and averaging 1.26 points per play in their catch-and-shoot offense, both first in the Big Ten.

Indiana has shot at least 50 percent on catch-and-shoot plays in four games this season. Its best performance was in the season-opening win over the Stony Brook Seawolves, when the Hoosiers shot an impressive 11-of-16, including 7-of-11 from three-point range.

Playing at a faster pace has allowed Indiana to excel from three-point range not only in the half court, but in transition as well. The Hoosiers have upped their pace from 66 possessions per 40 minutes last season to 71 this year, second in the Big Ten.

The Hoosiers this season have already made 11 threes in transition and are on pace to make 37, compared to just 20 for all of 2010-11. Indiana is shooting 50 percent from three-point range in transition, ranking second among current ESPN/USA Today Top 25 teams.

The Hoosiers have played just two Power Six conference teams in their first nine games, but have been outstanding in transition during those games. In two games versus the North Carolina State Wolfpack and Kentucky, Indiana shot 67 percent in transition and was 5-for-8 on transition three-pointers.

The unquestioned offensive leader for Indiana this season has been freshman Cody Zeller. He not only leads the team in scoring, rebounding and blocks, but has been a key component of Indiana’s strong transition offense. Zeller has made all nine of his field goals in transition, and he ranks sixth in the nation at 1.91 points per play.

Although it has only been nine games, Indiana’s fast start has given Hoosier fans cause for optimism. The schedule will only get tougher, starting with a matchup against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish tomorrow.

The Irish are off to a 7-4 start this season, but have struggled in their three games against Power Six conference teams. Notre Dame is 0-3 in those games and has allowed its opponents to shoot 51 percent from three-point range.

The Fighting Irish are also allowing 1.5 points per play on the catch-and-shoot in their three Power Six conference losses, which could be a recipe for disaster against an Indiana team that is excelling from long distance this season.
Marshall dishes out 16 for UNC
Kendall Marshall matched a career-high with 16 assists in North Carolina’s 84-78 win over Long Beach State on Saturday, equaling the team assist total for the 49ers. It’s the most assists in a game this season, and it's the most since Marshall himself had 16 last February against Florida State. Only three Tar Heels have ever registered more assists in a game: Raymond Felton (18), Jeff Lebo (17) and Ed Cota (17). North Carolina is 13-0 in Marshall’s career when he has nine or more assists.

Cooper finally gets his triple-double
On three different occasions, Ohio’s D.J. Cooper has fallen two rebounds shy of a triple-double. With a minute left on Saturday, he was one rebound short, before hauling in a Kevin Bailey miss with 40 seconds remaining. Cooper finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the Bobcats’ 72-54 win over Portland. He’s the first player listed under 6’0” to register a triple-double since Alabama A&M’s Trant Simpson in 2009. Ohio is 7-1 for the first time since 1969-70.

Kentucky loses despite efficient shooting
The top-ranked team in the country shot 55.6 percent from the floor and still lost?! That’s just one bizarre fact coming out of Indiana’s 73-71 win over Kentucky. It was the Wildcats’ highest FG pct in a loss since 2007. Kentucky’s Terrence Jones only attempted three shots, the fewest of his career. The Hoosiers won despite scoring only seven points in the final 7:45, all by Christian Watford. It was Indiana’s first win over an AP No. 1 team since beating Duke in the 2002 NCAA Tournament.

Young’s career night
IUPUI's Alex Young has more career points than any active Division I player. On Saturday, he scored a career-high 43 points in the Jaguars' 84-76 win over Western Kentucky. Young set a school record for a Division I game, eclipsing Odell Bradley’s total of 42, which he reached twice in 2004. It’s the most in any IUPUI game since Carlos Knox tallied 45 points against Drury in 1998. Young’s total is the most Western Kentucky has allowed since La Salle’s Ken Durrett scored 45 in January 1971.

Enquist, Cougars can’t miss
Washington State had its best shooting night in over 15 years in Sunday’s 93-55 win over Santa Clara. The Cougars connected on 67.4 percent of field goals, its best since 67.6 percent against Boise State in 1996. Brock Motum scored a career-high 27 points to lead the way, and Charlie Enquist connected on all seven of his field goal attempts. Enquist is now 28-for-34 on the season, an 82.4 field goal percentage. That’s the highest among all Division I players attempting at least three shots per game.
For the second time this season, USC was held to 40 points or fewer.
Two weeks after scoring 36 points in a loss to Cal Poly, the Trojans fell to Minnesota 55-40. At 55.1 ppg, USC is on track for its lowest scoring season since averaging 52.8 in 1948-49. That’s also the last season in which the Trojans were twice held to 40 points or fewer.

Wildcats can’t score in first loss
Both Northwestern and Baylor entered Sunday’s contest undefeated, but you wouldn’t know it from the result. Baylor won 69-41, holding Northwestern to 24.1 percent from the field. It was the worst shooting performance by the Wildcats in nearly 10 years. The 41 points are the fewest Northwestern has scored in its home court since a 40-39 win over North Florida in 2006. Meanwhile, Baylor was 25-for-30 from two-point range, an 83.3 two-point field-goal percentage that is their highest over the past 15 years.

Freshmen shine off the bench
A pair of freshmen starred off the bench on Saturday in Connecticut’s 75-62 win over Arkansas. Playing in just his second game, Ryan Boatright led the Huskies with 23 points, adding five rebounds and six assists. He’s the first UConn freshman with a 20-5-5 game off the bench since Kemba Walker against Missouri in the 2009 Elite Eight. Meanwhile, B.J. Young led all scorers with a career-high 28 points in the losing effort. It was the third most points by a freshman off the bench this season. The rest of the Razorbacks combined to shoot 24.6 percent from the field.

16 points and no field goals
Despite not connecting on a field goal, Durand Scott was Miami's top scorer in Saturday's 83-75 win over Massachusetts. Scott missed all six of his field goal attempts, and his 16 points came courtesy of a 16-for-18 performance at the line. It's the most points scored by a Division I player without a field goal since Binghamton's Sebastian Hermenier's 17 against Vermont in 2006. Scott's total is the most by a major conference player without a field goal since Indiana's Michael Lewis also scored 16 against Minnesota in 1998.

Top scoring performance of season
Weber State's Damian Lillard had the nation's top scoring game of the season, finishing with 41 points in a 91-89 double-overtime win over San Jose State. Lillard only had 24 points at the end of regulation, but scored 17 of the Wildcats' 24 points in the two overtimes. The 41 points are the second most in school history behind Stan Mayhew's 45 points in 1977. He's the first Division I player to crack the 40-point mark since Harrison Barnes in the 2011 ACC Tournament. Lillard is the top scorer in the nation, averaging 28.2 ppg.
1. Baylor has accomplished something on its current four-game win streak that hasn’t been done in the history of major college football. The Bears have surrendered at least 30 points in all four of those games, becoming the first team ever to win four straight games in a single season while allowing at least 30 points in each. Hawaii was the only other team to accomplish this feat over four games, but that spanned two seasons (2001-02).

2. UCLA enters the Pac-12 Championship Game with a 6-6 record. If that sounds unlikely, it is. Entering this season, there have been 63 conference championship games played among six conferences. Of the 126 teams that participated in those games, the only other one to enter without a winning record was Miami (OH) in 2007 at 6-6 in the MAC. The RedHawks were thumped by Central Michigan in that game, 35-10.

3. After this weekend’s games, there could be four teams from four different conferences to punch their tickets to a BCS bowl game that have never appeared in one before (Clemson, Oklahoma State, Michigan State and Houston). Since the BCS began in 1998, there have been 45 different teams to appear in BCS bowls representing eight conferences (not including Notre Dame).

So which conference has had the most different teams representing it in a BCS game? The Big East with eight (Miami, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Louisville, UConn, Pittsburgh, Syracuse , Cincinnati). The SEC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-10/12 have all had seven different teams in a BCS game. If Houston goes this year, it will be Conference USA’s first ever BCS participant.

4. Saturday, 77-year old Howard Schnellenberger will coach his final game as Florida Atlantic hosts Louisiana-Monroe. Schnellenberger has been the only coach in the history of that program (since 2001). Entering this season he was one of four head coaches to win bowl games at three different schools, but recent coaching changes have claimed Dennis Erickson and Rick Neuheisel off that list.

So entering next season, the only active FBS coach to win bowl games at three different schools will be Tommy Tuberville.

5. With a win over Oklahoma State on Saturday, Oklahoma will have its 32nd 10-win season in school history, breaking a tie with Alabama for the all-time lead (Alabama earned its 31st 10-win season two weeks ago). While double-digit wins aren’t anything new to these schools, there are others at the opposite end of the spectrum.

Of the current 120 FBS schools, 12 have never had a 10-win season. Which school has the distinction of playing the most seasons without a 10-win campaign? That would be Indiana (124 seasons).

SEC and Big Ten streaks coming to an end

October, 18, 2010
• This marks the first week since Nov. 25, 2007 that the SEC has NOT had a team in the top two of the BCS Standings. That week, Missouri was No. 1 while West Virginia was No. 2. Since then, an SEC team had been either one or two for 17 straight weeks.

On the flip side, Auburn’s No. 4 ranking in the BCS Standings marks the 33rd straight week that the SEC has had a team in the top five, which is the longest active streak by far. The last time there was no SEC team in the top five of the BCS Standings was Dec. 4, 2005 (Georgia was highest at seventh). The conference with the next longest active streak is the Big 12 (22 straight weeks).

NOTE: A “week” indicates a BCS Standings release. Obviously there are several weeks between the final BCS Standings and the major bowl games. Those are not included above.

• Starting next season, the Wisconsin-Iowa rivalry will no longer be an annual event. Instead, it will only be played two out of every five years.

That’s because Iowa and Wisconsin will be placed in separate divisions when the Big Ten expands to add Nebraska.

Wisconsin’s rivalry with Minnesota (for “Paul Bunyan’s Axe”) was protected, while Iowa will have a new cross-divisional “rivalry” with Purdue.

The Wisconsin-Iowa series dates back more than 100 years and on Saturday (3:30 ET, ABC/ESPN) they will have played in 72 of the last 74 years.

Michigan QB Denard Robinson, the Heisman Trophy favorite to this point in the season, had another banner day on Saturday at Indiana.

Robinson led the Michigan Wolverines on a late TD drive by running for 31 yards and passing for 42 more, scoring the game-winning TD on a four-yard run with 17 seconds left. That drive put Robinson over 200 yards on the ground AND in the air, setting an NCAA record in the process.

According to the NCAA record book, Robinson is the first player in FBS history to pass for 200 yards and rush for 200 yards in a regular-season game TWICE in his career. He also did it earlier this season against Notre Dame on Sept. 11.

Only one QB -- Washington's Marques Tuiasosopo -- has had 300 passing and 200 rushing in the same game. Vince Young, who went 200-200 against Oklahoma State in the regular season, also pulled off the feat in Texas' Rose Bowl win over USC, meaning he and Robinson are the only players to go 200-200 in two different games of any kind in their careers.

On top of this impressive feat, Robinson's 494 yards of total offense is second in Michigan history, behind only his 502-yard performance against Notre Dame. Robinson now occupies the top three spots on Michigan's all-time list, and those games have all come in the last five weeks. His 383 yards in the season opener against Connecticut broke John Navarre's school record (368) that had stood for nearly seven years.

Not to be lost in the shuffle, Indiana Hoosiers QB Ben Chappell had a career day opposite Robinson. Chappell completed 45-of-64 passes for 480 yards (all school records) and three touchdowns.

And his big target, WR Tandon Doss, had career highs with 15 catches for 221 yards. He had eight receptions for 102 yards all season entering Saturday.