Stats & Info: Nate Wolters

BracketBusters stats primer

February, 17, 2012
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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: Bader stars off bench

January, 27, 2012
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Player of the Night - Travis Bader
It was supposed to be a battle between Reggie Hamilton and Nate Wolters. But Bader stole the show in Oakland's 92-87 win over South Dakota State. He came off the bench to hit a school-record 10 three-pointers to finish with a career-high 37 points. He's the third Division I player with 10 threes in a game this season, and second to do it coming off the bench, joining Iona's Sean Armand. Bader's 37 points are the most off the bench since Lamar's Mike James went off for 52 last season.

Stepping Up - Tyler Zeller
Zeller went for 21 points and 17 rebounds as North Carolina topped NC State, 74-55. He's the first Tar Heel with a 21-17 game since Tyler Hansbrough in 2008. Zeller is now averaging 17.0 PPG and 12.0 RPG in conference play. The win gave the Tar Heels 11 straight over NC State, matching their longest streak in the history of the rivalry.

Filling Up the Stat Sheet – Nate Wolters
South Dakota State came up short, but Wolters again put up some eye-popping numbers. He had 21 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds. Wolters is now averaging 21.0 PPG, 6.2 APG and 5.0 RPG. Going back to 2000, only four players have maintained a 20-5-5 average over a full season: Norris Cole, Evan Turner, Ricky Minard and Speedy Claxton.

Breakout Game - Tevin Svihovec and Emmanuael Addo
Northern Colorado lost in double overtime to Idaho State, 99-94, but just getting that far was something of an accomplishment. The Bears top two scorers combined for six points. That meant others picked up the load. Svihovec (30) and Addo (28) combined for 58 points even though they were averaging just 16.4 PPG coming into this one.

Ugly Stat Line of the Night - Butler Bulldogs
Apart from last year's National Championship Game, Butler had its worst offensive showing of the past 15 years. The Bulldogs shot just 28.1 percent in a 53-42 loss to UW-Milwaukee. Butler missed its first 12 three-pointers, and finished 1-16 from three-point range. Its starting lineup finished 0-12 from long range.
If the Kansas Jayhawks are going to be a contender, they might need a consistent scoring option to emerge off the bench. For just the second time in 15 seasons, Kansas’ bench was held scoreless. Duke captured its fifth Maui Invitational title with a 68-61 win. In a combined 30 minutes of action, Naadir Tharpe, Conner Teahan and Justin Wesley attempted just one field goal and didn’t have a rebound or an assist. The last time the Jayhawks didn’t get a point off the bench was a loss to Illinois in the 2001 Elite Eight.

Iona orders seconds of 30-10
Certainly, 30 and 10 is impressive. It’s even more impressive when two teammates pull it off in the same game. Scott Machado scored nine of his career-high 33 points in the second overtime to lead the Iona Gaels over St. Joseph’s 104-99. Machado added 10 assists to join Nate Wolters as the only D-I players with 30 points and 10 assists in a game this season. Meanwhile, Michael Glover chipped in 34 points and 15 rebounds. It’s just the second time in the past 10 seasons that a player has posted a 30-point, 10-assist game while a teammate went for 30 points and 10 rebounds. It was previously done by Fairleigh Dickinson against St. Francis (NY) in February 2005.

Purdue allows 8 field goals
Western Michigan simply couldn’t find the bottom the net on Wednesday. The Broncos connected on only eight field goals in an 80-37 loss to the Purdue Boilermakers. It goes down as the fewest field goals allowed by a Purdue defense in school history, overtaking the previous record of nine by Pittsburgh in 1947. The Broncos didn’t have a player connect on more than two field goals, and their leading scorer finished with eight points. Western Michigan shot just 17.8 percent from the field, the lowest against a Big Ten team over the past 15 years.

Tim Frazier goes for 20 and 10 - again
Last week, Tim Frazier became the first major conference player in the past 15 years with two 20-point, 10-assist games in November in the past 15 years. On Wednesday, Frazier did it again for the Penn State Nittany Lions, with 26 points and 11 assists in its 82-71 win over Youngstown State. That matches the most 20-point, 10 assist games in the Big Ten over the past 15 seasons. In fact, the last major conference player with more such games in a season was Chris Thomas for Notre Dame in 2001-02.

Camels crush Iowa
For just the fourth time in school history, Campbell beat a team from a power conference. This one was in convincing fashion, rolling over the Iowa Hawkeyes 77-61 in Iowa City. Eric Griffin led the way with 23 points on 10-for-11 from the field. Campbell shot 62.2 percent from the floor, the third highest for an opponent in Iowa City over the past 15 years. On the season, the Camels are shooting 55.7 percent, second in the nation to Texas Tech (55.8). Campbell’s most previous win over a power conference school came last season against Auburn.
A look at some of the notable performances and the numbers you need to know from the weekend in college hoops.

Familiar Faces
•  South Dakota State’s Nate Wolters went off for 32 points and 11 assists on Saturday vs Western Michigan. Last season, only five players put up 30-point, 10-assist games. Wolters is the first to do it in November since 2008 when both Stephen Curry and David Holston pulled it off.

•  North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall dished out 15 assists while committing only one turnover in the Tar Heels win over UNC Asheville on Sunday. The assist total fell one shy of his career-high from last season. The last ACC player with 15 more assists and one turnover or fewer? Maryland’s Terrell Stokes in November 1998.

•  Starting for the first time since his freshman season, J’Covan Brown matched a career-high with 28 points and set a new one with eight assists as Texas topped Boston University on Sunday. He’s the first Longhorns player with at least 28 points and eight assists in a game since D.J. Augustin in 2007.

Old Names, New Playing Time
•  UNLV’s Mike Moser went off for 16 points and 20 rebounds on Friday vs Grand Canyon in his first game with the Runnin’ Rebels. As a freshman at UCLA in 2009-10, Moser finished the season with nine points and seven rebounds.

•  Last season, Jamal Wilson scored 38 points in Friday’s season opener for URI. That’s the most by a Rhode Island player since Zach Marbury, Stephon’s younger brother, scored 38 against La Salle in January 2001. Last season, he scored 87 points in 17 games, and didn’t score his 38th point until his 10th game.

•  San Diego State lost its top four scorers from a year ago. So who will fill that void? Sophomore Jamaal Franklin made a statement on Sunday with 31 points against UC-Davis. Franklin scored only 64 points all last season, and already had a career high at halftime in this one.

•  Tennessee sophomore Trae Golden scored 29 points in the season opener against UNC-Greensboro. He managed just 93 points all last season, and never scored in double figures. He was 5-for-9 from three-point range, after hitting just six all last season.

Nice First Impressions
•  Virginia Tech freshman Dorian Finney-Smith put up 10 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and four blocks in his first career game against Monmouth. He was the first Hokies player with a double-double in his debut since Jeff Allen in 2009. Over the past 15 seasons, no ACC freshman had at least 15 rebounds and five assists in a game.

•  Anthony Davis scored 23 points and added 10 rebounds, as Kentucky beat Marist 108-58 on Friday. Davis became just the third Kentucky freshman with 20 points and 10 rebounds in his debut. He joins current teammate Terrence Jones and Sam Bowie.

•  Iowa freshman Aaron White needed only 18 minutes of action to pick up a double-double in his first career game. White finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds in Friday’s 96-53 win over Chicago State. The 19 points are believed to be the most by an Iowa freshman in a season opener. He’s the first Hawkeye freshman with 10 points and 10 rebounds in his debut since Jess Settles in 1993.

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