Stats & Info: Isaiah Canaan

Numbers To Know: Monday recap

November, 27, 2012
11/27/12
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Player of the Night – Jeff Withey
Withey recorded the second official triple-double in Kansas history with 16 points, 12 rebounds and a school-record 12 blocks in the Jayhawks' win against San Jose State. It was the most blocks by a power six conference player in a triple-double since Stanford’s Brook Lopez also had 12 in 2007. In the last 15 years, the only other player with a 16-12-12 game was Northwestern State’s D’or Fischer in 2001 against Siena.

Scorer of the Night – Isaiah Canaan

Two nights after scoring 30 against Old Dominion, Canaan scored a season-high 32 points in Murray State’s 88-79 win against Lipscomb. He’s the only player with back-to-back 30-point games this season, and the first Murray State player to do so since Isaac Spencer in 1999.

Stat Sheet Stuffer – Ed Daniel

While Canaan took on the bulk of the scoring, Daniel did the dirty work for Murray State. He recorded his fourth straight double-double, finishing with 20 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks. That included a double-double in the second half alone (11 points, 11 rebounds). Daniel joins James Singleton (2002) and Cuthbert Victor (2004) as the only Racers with a 20-15-5 game in the past 15 years.

Duo of the Night – Jerian Grant and Eric Atkins
Notre Dame had two players with double-digit points and assists in the Irish’s 92-65 win against Chicago State. Grant scored a career-high 22 points to go with 10 assists, and Atkins scored 13 points to go with a career-high 11 assists. In the last 15 years, only one other pair of teammates had points and assists double-doubles in the same game: Connecticut’s Jerome Dyson and Kemba Walker in 2010 against Notre Dame.

Bench Star – Jaye Crockett

For the third straight game, Crockett came off the bench to lead Texas Tech in scoring. On Monday, he had 20 points and eight rebounds in just 23 minutes in a comeback win against Jackson State. Over the last three games, Crockett is averaging 19.7 points and 10.7 rebounds.

BracketBusters stats primer

February, 17, 2012
2/17/12
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AP Photo/ Stephen Haas
Time to cram on Isaiah Canaan and others in BracketBusters action this weekend.
Your one-stop primer for this weekend’s BracketBusters games.

MARQUEE MATCHUP
16 Saint Mary’s at 14 Murray State - 6 ET Saturday, ESPN/ESPN3

This is the fourth game in the 10-year history of the BracketBusters event that has pitted two ranked teams against each other. The lower-ranked team has won the three previous meetings.

Murray State’s opponents rebound 35 percent of their misses, putting the Racers in the bottom 20 percent of the country in defensive rebounding. That could be a problem against the Gaels’ Rob Jones, whose 10.8 rebounds per game ranks in the top 10 nationally.

FEARSOME FOURSOME
The top four players in Division I according to Offensive Rating on KenPom.com will be featured in televised matchups.

F Dominique Morrison, Oral Roberts
The 6-foot, 6-inch wing has really excelled in isolation. He's averaging the third-highest points per play while turning the ball over fewer than once every 14 plays when going one-on-one (minimum 50 plays).

F Doug McDermott, Creighton
The sophomore efficiently moves without the ball within Creighton’s offense. McDermott has made nearly 80 percent of his shots off cuts to the basket and averages better than 1.5 points per play, both of which rank among the top 10 in Division I (minimum 50 plays).

G Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
The Racers lived up to their nickname this season, ranking third nationally in transition points per play. As the team's starting point guard, Canaan leads the fast-paced attack. He’s scored on 60 percent of his transition plays, racking up nearly four times as many assists as turnovers.

G Damian Lillard, Weber State
Lillard torches opposing teams as both a scorer and passer. Among players with at least 50 pick-and-roll plays, he averages the second-most points per play in Division I and created an additional 96 points on 82 passes with just six turnovers.

RECORD SETTER?
The record for points scored in a BracketBuster game is 35 by Norris Cole of Cleveland State at Old Dominion on Feb. 20, 2011. Another contender who could top that is South Dakota State’s Nate Wolters.

The junior topped the 30-point mark five times this season, including in his last game on Wednesday. KenPom.com shows that he draws 6.5 fouls per game (32nd in the nation). He’ll enjoy a home-crowd advantage as the Buffalo Bulls travel west to play the Jackrabbits at 1 ET (ESPNU).

GET TO KNOW: WICHITA STATE
Here are quick facts on the defending postseason NIT champs who are unranked in the ESPN/USA Today’s Coaches Poll but rank 12th in ESPN's new BPI.
• 8-3 vs BPI Top 100 teams (best among mid-majors; minimum 5 games)
• 14-4 vs BPI Top 150 teams (best among mid-majors; minimum 9 games)
• Won 13 of last 14 games (only loss in 3OT)
• Third-most experienced team in the nation (according to KenPom.com) starting four seniors
• Four players shoot at least 38 percent from 3-point range (minimum 25 attempts)
• Joe Ragland: 68.58 true shooting percentage ranks fifth in Division I

Wichita State plays at Davidson, Noon ET Saturday on ESPN2/ESPN3.


Contributions by Mackenzie Kraemer, Katie Sharp and Harold Shelton

Thursday recap: Racers rally, remain perfect

February, 3, 2012
2/03/12
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Player of the Night: Isaiah Canaan
Trailing at the half and down 11 points with 17 minutes to go, Murray State’s undefeated season was in serious jeopardy. That’s when Canaan took over, scoring 24 points in the final 16:30. During that same stretch, Southeast Missouri State scored just 27 points. Canaan finished with 32 points as the Racers won, 81-73. It was Murray State’s fourth win after trailing at halftime.

Scoring Star Part I: Lamont Jones
Iona cruised to a 105-86 win over Canisius behind a career-high 43 points from Jones. The Arizona transfer went 16-for-23 from the field, including 7-for-12 from 3-point range. His 43 points set a Hynes Center record that had held up since 1984. It’s also tied for the second-highest scoring game in school history, and the most points since Sean Green’s 43 in 1991.

Scoring Star Part II: Damian Lillard
The nation’s leading scorer had one of his best games of the season, scoring 40 points in a 92-79 win over Portland State. The win moved Weber State to 9-1 in the Big Sky Conference. It was Lillard’s second 40-point performance of the season, the only player who can make that claim. Last season, only Jimmer Fredette (four) and Marshon Brooks (two) had multiple 40-point games. Lillard is on track to be the first player to average 25 points, five rebounds and three assists per game since Lester Hudson in 2008-09.

Scoring Duo: Kevin Murphy and Jud Dillard
Murphy (33) and Dillard (29) combined for 62 points in Tennessee Tech’s 94-88 win over Austin Peay. Both players are averaging more than 18 points per game. The only other team with multiple players averaging 18 points per game is Central Connecticut, which actually has three. Murphy and Dillard average a combined 39.8 points per game, which makes them the second-highest scoring duo in the nation behind Weber State’s Lillard and Scott Bamforth (40.7).

Strange Line of the Night: Chris Cooper
In Old Dominion’s 80-71 win over James Madison, Cooper grabbed 22 rebounds – matching the second-most rebounds in a game this season. The last ODU player with more rebounds in a game was Clifton Jones in 2001. Now for the strange part. Cooper went 1-for-7 from the field. The last time a player grabbed 20 rebounds and shot less than 15 percent? Marshall’s Tyler Wilkerson in 2009.

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