Player of the Weekend – Anthony Davis
With 28 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks, Davis had a performance worthy of a national Player of the Year. Kentucky held on at home with an 83-74 win over Vanderbilt. He is now two blocks away from tying Alvin Jones for the fifth most blocks ever by a freshman. Not only would Davis be the second freshman to win the AP Player of the Year, he’d be the first Kentucky player to be so honored.
Stat Sheet Stuffer – Jamaal Franklin
San Diego State picked up its fifth win over an RPI Top 50 opponent, beating Colorado State 74-66. Franklin had a monster game with 31 points and 16 rebounds. It’s the first 30-15 game by a guard since Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum last season. After averaging 2.9 points per game as a freshman, Franklin is putting up 16.4 points per game and is a top contender for the nation’s most improved player.
Strange Stat Line – Chris Gaston
Gaston matched a season-high 35 points to go with 16 rebounds, leading Fordham to a 67-62 win over La Salle. There have been only three 35-15 games this season, and Gaston has two of them. Now for the strange part Somehow 15 of his 16 rebounds came at the offensive end. That’s the most offensive boards in a game since New Mexico State’s Chris Jackson had 15 in 2003.
Farewell Performance – Hofstra Seniors
Entering their final home game, Hofstra’s seniors probably haven’t had the season they envisioned. But Saturday, they combined to lead the Pride to a 93-64 win over UNC-Wilmington. Mike Moore and Nathaniel Lester combined for 50 points, while Dwan McMillan had a career-high 15 assists. That was one assist shy of a school record set in the 1983-84 season.
Ugly Stat Line of the Weekend – Nebraska Cornhuskers
Nebraska’s offense came up empty in a 62-34 loss to Michigan State. It was the Cornhuskers lowest point total of the shot-clock era, and the fewest points by a Big Ten team this season.