Stats & Info: Southern Miss Golden Eagles

History says Oregon won't win national title

November, 8, 2012
Five great nuggets of information to get you ready for the weekend in college football.

1. Oregon allowed 51 points last week to USC, but won and kept its national championship hopes alive. In the AP Poll Era (since 1936), no team allowed at least 51 points in any game during a season in which it won the national championship. Only one national champion allowed at least 50 in a game. In 2007, LSU lost to Arkansas 50-48, but that game went three overtimes. LSU came back to win the SEC Championship Game and BCS Championship Game.

2. The SEC currently has three winless teams in conference play (Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky) and could end the season with two (Tennessee and Kentucky still play each other). Since the BCS began in 1998, there have been only three instances of a conference having multiple winless teams in conference play and it hasn't happened in eight years. The MAC had multiple teams in 1999 and 2004, and the SEC had two in 2002 (Vanderbilt, Mississippi State).

3. Southern Miss remains winless at 0-9 this season and is at SMU Saturday. This on the heels of a 12-2 campaign a year ago. The Golden Eagles must win all three remaining games to avoid tying a dubious distinction. In major college history, the record for most losses after a 12-win season belongs to Ball State in 2009. The Cardinals went 2-10 after a 12-2 season in 2008.

4. Colorado has allowed at least 48 points in four straight games. In major college history, only two teams have ever allowed 48 or more points in at least five straight games in a single season. Temple had a five-game streak in 1993 and UNLV owns the all-time mark with a six-game streak in 1995. Prior to its current streak, Colorado never had a streak longer than two such games. The Buffs face Arizona this week. The Wildcats have scored at least 48 points four times this season.

5. Nebraska has the worst turnover differential (-9) of any FBS team with two or fewer losses this season. The Cornhuskers have had three or more turnovers in five games. Only Hawaii has had more such games. Yet, in all five of those games, the Cornhuskers still scored at least four touchdowns. They are the only team this season with five games in which they had at least three turnovers and four touchdowns. No team has had more than five such games in the past 10 seasons.
(1) Syracuse 72, (16) UNC-Asheville 65
In 1991, the Orange became the first 2-seed to lose to a 15-seed.

Thursday, it looked like Syracuse might become the first 1-seed to lose in the Round of 64.

Jim Boeheim’s team was the first 1-seed to be trailing at halftime since Kansas in 2002, but the Orange were able to hold on late, winning by seven.

UNC-Asheville led by four at halftime. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Bulldogs are the seventh 16-seed to lead at halftime. The largest halftime lead by a 16-seed is eight points, done twice in 1989 by Princeton (over Georgetown) and East Tennessee State (over Oklahoma).

Syracuse’s seven-point win was the 12th time since 1985 that a 1-seed defeated a 16-seed by fewer than 10 points.

(3) Marquette 88, (14) BYU 68
Jae Crowder had a double-double by halftime, finishing with 25 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and four steals. He's just the third player to reach those totals in an NCAA Tournament game. Crowder is only the fifth Big East player to go 25-15 in a Men’s Basketball Championship game, and the first since DeJuan Blair in 2009.

(6) Murray State 58, (11) Colorado State 41
Colorado State had the lead at halftime, then came out in the second half and made just seven field goals (0-7 behind the 3-point line) and scored 17 points.

The 41 points scored by CSU is the fewest by a Mountain West team in a Men's Basketball Championship game. The previous low was 47 by New Mexico in 2005 vs Villanova in the Round of 64.

Murray State advances to the Round of 32 for the third time in school history, but the Racers have never reached the Sweet 16. In fact, since 1985 Ohio Valley Conference schools are a combined 0-5 in the Round of 32.

And although it was just a point deficit at halftime, Murray State now is 6-0 this season when trailing at half.

(4) Wisconsin 73, (13) Montana 49
Bo Ryan is 10-1 as a head coach in Round of 64 games, and the Badgers extended their school record of reaching the Round of 32 for a sixth consecutive year.

(8) Kansas State 70, (9) Southern Miss64
Rodney McGruder had 30 points and no turnovers as the Wildcats reach the Round of 32 for a school record third straight season. McGruder is the fifth player in the past five years of the Men’s Basketball Championship to score at least 30 points in a game without committing a turnover.

(4) Louisville 69, (13) Davidson 62
Louisville snaps a streak of three straight losses in the Men's Basketball Championship. Louisville only attempted five 3-point field goals, the fewest in a tournament win since Boston College attempted four in 2004.

(5) New Mexico 75, (12) Long Beach State 68
New Mexico wins its 28th game of the season, tied for the second-most in school history (30 wins in 2009-10). Long Beach State loses its fifth straight game in the Men's Basketball Championship and has not won since 1973.

(5) Vanderbilt 79, (12) Harvard 70
After leading by as much as 18 in the 2nd half, Vanderbilt advances to the Round of 32 for the first time since 2007. Harvard lost in its first Men's Basketball Championship since 1946.
We recap our best notes from the 8 vs 9 matchups in the 2012 Men's Basketball Championship. Check this blog and check here all week for more bracket tips.

• Since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, a 9-seed beats an 8-seed in the first round at least once each year except 2000 and '02. A 9-seed swept an 8-seed in the first round four times: 1989, '94, '99 and 2001.

• Since '85, an 8-seed beats a 9-seed in the first round more often (56-48) but 9-seeds have a better win percentage (.412) than 8-seeds (.364) over the course of the entire tournament.

• Defending champ UConn is the 9-seed in the South. A 9-seed has never won the Men's Basketball Championship (lowest seed to win the title: 8-seed Villanova in '85).

• No. 8 Memphis vs No. 9 Saint Louis will be their 58th meeting. The teams played in four different conferences together: the Missouri Valley, Metro, Great Midwest, and Conference USA.

• The top BPI differential in an 8 vs 9 game? Kansas St (23 BPI) vs Southern Miss (46 BPI). Closest differential in an 8-9 game? Iowa State (32) vs UConn (33).

• This will be the third time Iowa State plays an 8-9 game in the first round. In 1993 the Cyclones lost to UCLA as an 8-seed, and beat Minnesota as a 9-seed in 2005.

• Of the eight teams that make up the 8-9 seeds, Southern Miss (0-2) is the only one that has never won a tournament game

• Only once have multiple 8-seeds reached the Final Four: In 2000, (8) Wisconsin lost to (1) Michigan State, and (8) UNC lost to (5) Florida.

• Iowa State, at 32nd, is the lowest-ranked 8-seed according to BPI. Memphis is 10, Creighton 22 and K-State 23.

• K-State's 14.8 second-chance points per game led the Big 12. Southern Miss allowed 14.0 second-chance points per game in three losses against major-conference teams.

• Collision course: Memphis' 18.5-pt average in transition is tied for fourth in the nation; Saint Louis allows seven points in transition, fourth-fewest in the nation.

• Creighton is the only team in the country shooting better than 50 percent in the half-court this season.

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.