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ESPN Stats & InformationBaylor guard Brady Heslip made nine 3-pointers en route to 27 points in leading the Bears to an 80-63 win over Colorado.

In the Baylor Bears’ Big 12 semifinals victory over Kansas on March 9, Brady Heslip made four of seven 3-pointers to help put his team over the top.

That was just a prelude to Saturday’s performance, when Heslip exploded for nine 3-pointers and helped push his Bears to the Sweet 16 for the second time in the last three seasons.

From the start of the Kansas game through Saturday's victory over Colorado, the sophomore is shooting a scorching 61 percent (22-for-36) from beyond arc.

All of Heslip's 27 points came via the 3-point shot, as he did not attempt a free throw and missed his only 2-point field-goal attempt.

Here’s a snapshot look at the other early-evening statistical highights in the Men’s Basketball Championship.

South Region
(1) Kentucky 87, (8) Iowa State 71

Kentucky scored its most points since scoring 87 against Loyola (Md.) on Dec. 22. The Wildcats join Ohio State as the two teams (so far) who have made the Sweet 16 in each of the last three seasons.

Kentucky shot 55 percent from the field, something it has done in both Men’s Basketball Championship games so far. The last time the Wildcats shot 55 percent or better twice in the same tournament was in 1998, when they won the national championship.

(4) Indiana 63, (12) VCU 61
The Hoosiers advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2002, when they lost in the National Championship game. Indiana is now 15-0 against non-conference teams this season.

Indiana had 22 turnovers, its second-most in a Men's Basketball Championship game in school history. The most for the Hoosiers was 23 in 2002 against Duke, a game that Indiana also won.

But the Hoosiers clamped down on the Rams in the final 12:19, forcing more turnovers (5) than they allowed points (4). VCU shot 2-for-15 from the field to close the game (all in half-court sets), 0-for-8 from 3-point range, and 0-for-2 on free throws.

VCU attempted 30 3-pointers (and made 9), its most in a game since 2006.

West Region
(3) Marquette 62, (6) Murray State 53

Marquette held Murray State to 31.3 percent shooting from the field. That's the lowest shooting percentage by a Marquette opponent in a Men's Basketball Championship game since Arkansas shot 31.2 percent to beat Marquette in the 2nd round of the 1995-96 tournament.

Those are the two lowest opponents’ field goal percentages by a Marquette opponent, covering all but its first tournament appearance in 1955 (for which the box score does not list team field goal percentages).

East Region
(4) Wisconsin 60, (5) Vanderbilt 57
It's the first time in school history that Wisconsin has made consecutive trips to the Sweet 16.

Vanderbilt shot only 26 percent from 3-point range, its fourth-worst shooting percentage from long-distance in a game this season and its second-worst shooting on 3-pointers in an NCAA tournament game.
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 Wednesday.

Portland 74, Santa Clara 70
Santa Clara committed just one turnover, the fewest by any team in a loss this season. The Broncos committed the lone turnover down two points with seven seconds left in the game. The previous team to commit no more than one turnover in a loss was Fairfield on Feb. 12, 2009 against Marist.

Cincinnati 72, Marquette 61
Cincinnati’s Justin Jackson blocked seven shots in 13 minutes off the Bearcats’ bench. That’s tied for the second-most blocks by a substitute this season, but Jackson did it in the fewest minutes played. The last player to block seven shots in 13 minutes played was Rutgers’ Hamady N’Diaye on Feb. 10, 2007 against Cincinnati.

UNC 88, Maryland 64
UNC’s Tyler Zeller made 20 of 23 free throw attempts in the victory, tying him with Oregon State’s Jared Cunningham and Oklahoma State’s Keiton Page for the most made free throws in a game this season. Zeller broke Tyler Hansbrough’s Smith Center record with the 20 makes, which was also one shy of both UNC’s and the ACC’s all-time record.

Seattle 111, Longwood 74
Seattle’s Sterling Carter scored 28 points in only 16 minutes of action. The last player to score that many points in that few minutes played was North Dakota State’s Ben Woodside on Nov. 18, 2008 (also 28 points in 16 minutes).

Mercer 61, Lipscomb 53
Lipscomb’s Deonte Alexander shot 4-for-22 from the field (18.2 percent) in the loss. That’s the worst shooting performance this season for a player with at least 20 attempts.

Lehigh 70, Colgate 57
Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum recorded seven steals in the win, tied for the third-most takeaways by a player this season.

Numbers to know: Vols come up empty

November, 22, 2011
Vols Come Up Empty

Tennessee snapped a streak of 461 consecutive games with a 3-pointer in Monday’s 77-67 loss to Duke in Maui. After averaging 13 3s in their first two games, the Volunteers missed all eight of their attempts. It marked the first time since February 1, 1997 against Wofford.

Bench Keys Wolfpack Comeback

NC State toppled Texas 77-74, charging back from an 18-point second-half deficit. Trailing 65-47 with 11:42 remaining, the Wolfpack went on a 28-2 run. It was NC State’s bench that made difference. They accounted for 17 of the 28 points during that pivotal stretch.

It was a pair of typical starters who really made the difference. Playing in just his second game this season, C.J. Leslie led all scorers with 17. Scott Wood returned from an ankle injury to score 16. The Wolfpack’s 40 points off the bench are their most against a major conference opponent since 2005 against Wake Forest.

BC’s Bay State Blues

The Commonwealth Classic was anything but on Monday, as UMass rolled over Boston College 82-46. Up by 14 with 10 minutes remaining, the Minutemen closed the game out on a 28-6 run. It was the fewest points scored by the Eagles against a non-conference opponent since a 75-45 loss to UMass in 1998.

Boston College is 0-2 against in-state opponents. The Eagles last lost to UMass and Holy Cross in the same season in 1990-91.

Morrison’s Big Night

The top scorer from Monday was Oral Roberts’ Dominique Morrison with a season-high 30 points. Morrison almost single-handedly got the Golden Eagles off to a hot start in their 62-56 win over SMU. Morrison scored 13 of ORU’s first 15 points, as they got out to a 15-7 lead. He was one of only four Golden Eagles to connect on a field goal.

Marquette Squeaks By

Last Monday, Marquette cruised to a 31-point win over Norfolk State. It wasn’t so easy in yesterday’s rematch. Marquette won 59-57, as Norfolk State missed a pair of shots in the final four seconds.

The Golden Eagles entered this one having scored at least 90 points in each of their first four games, but shot just 33.9 percent in the win.