Best numbers from Week 16
North Carolina is the first team to beat each of The Associated Press’ preseason top four teams since the AP first released a preseason poll in the 1961-62 season.
Duke had one more turnover (six) than baskets (five) in the final 15:13 of its 74-66 loss to North Carolina last Thursday. The Blue Devils were just 1 of 11 from 3-point range during that span.
Boston College (2014) and Villanova (1990) are the only teams to beat a top-ranked Syracuse team on its home floor.
Syracuse is the first team to lose twice in the same week as No. 1 since Texas in January 2010.
Texas A&M’s Antwan Space hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left in overtime for a 68-65 victory against Tennessee this past Saturday. In the first meeting against the Volunteers, he made a game-winning 3 with 4.4 seconds left for a 57-56 victory.
Brown’s Cedric Kuakumensah set a school record with seven blocked shots in an 81-75 overtime win against Cornell this past Saturday and set a single-season mark with 70 blocked shots, breaking his own mark of 66 set last year. He also scored a career-high 30 points and had 14 rebounds, including seven offensive.
Stanford’s Chasson Randle made a career-high seven 3-pointers en route to 26 points in an 83-74 victory against UCLA this past Saturday.
With a four-point win (75-71) at Mississippi this past Saturday, Florida improved to 7-2 in games decided by six points or fewer this season. The Gators were 0-6 in such games last season.
Abilene Christian’s Julian Edmonson made 8 of 12 3-pointers in scoring a career-high 33 points in a 124-57 victory against Southwestern Adventist this past Saturday.
North Carolina defeated Wake Forest 105-72 this past Saturday for its ninth consecutive ACC win. Of the previous seven times the Tar Heels won eight or more consecutive regular-season ACC games in a season, they went to the Final Four in six of those years.
Creighton’s Doug McDermott had 29 points in a 72-71 win against Seton Hall this past Sunday to move into 10th place on the Division I all-time scoring list with 2,917 points.
Marcus Smart had a career-high 10 assists in his first game back from suspension as Oklahoma State beat Texas Tech 84-62 this past Saturday. He also had 16 points and six steals as the Cowboys ended a seven-game losing streak.
Michigan State hit 14 field goals in the first half of a 94-79 win against Purdue last Thursday. Thirteen of them were 3-pointers.
Colorado missed its first 14 field-goal attempts in an 88-61 loss to Arizona this past Saturday.
Julius Randle had 25 points and 13 rebounds in an 84-70 win against Mississippi last Tuesday for his freshman-leading 14th double-double of the season.
Michigan State made 17 3-pointers in a 94-79 win against Purdue last Thursday. The Spartans made 17 total baskets in a 60-51 loss to Nebraska last Sunday.
Towson's Jerrelle Benimon had a season-high-tying 18 rebounds in a 78-63 win against Delaware last Monday. He also had 25 points and five assists to record his NCAA-leading 18th double-double of the season.
Boston College had 19 losses entering its game against Syracuse -- the most losses ever by a team that beat the No. 1 team. The Eagles entered the game with a .240 winning percentage, the worst ever by a team to defeat an AP No. 1 team in February or later. Boston College beat the Orange 62-59 in overtime this past Wednesday.
North Carolina’s Leslie McDonald scored a season-high 21 points in a 74-66 win against Duke last Thursday. He had scored a combined 19 points in the three games prior.
Abilene Christian made a school-record 21 3-pointers in a 124-57 victory against Southwestern Adventist this past Saturday. The Wildcats have hit 238 3-pointers on the season, leaving them just four short of breaking the single-season record of 241 set in 2005-06.
East Tennessee State’s Lester Wilson came off the bench to score a career-high 31 points in a 91-86 loss to Jacksonville this past Thursday. The Buccaneers made 14 3-pointers and all 18 of their free throws in the losing effort.
Grambling State won at Prairie View 83-81 last Monday to end a 31-game road losing streak. Grambling, which ended a 45-game Division I losing streak the week before, won twice in three games for the first time since 2012.
The Citadel’s Ashton Moore scored a career-high 35 points in an 83-76 loss to Davidson last Monday. It’s the most points scored by a Citadel player in 19 years.
Youngstown State’s Kendrick Perry scored a career-high 35 points on a night he also set the school’s single-season record for free throws made in an 88-83 overtime win against Milwaukee this past Thursday. He also had nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and a block.
North Carolina shot 73.3 percent (11 of 15) on 3-pointers in a 105-72 victory against Wake Forest this past Saturday, a school record with a minimum 10 3s made.
North Carolina beat Florida State 81-75 last Monday to give head coach Roy Williams his 300th win at the school. Williams needed only 386 games, the fastest a coach has reached 300 wins in ACC history.
Cincinnati’s Sean Kilpatrick scored 28 points in a 58-57 loss to Louisville this past Saturday to give him 2,018 for his career. He joins Oscar Robertson (2,973) as only players in school history to reach 2,000 points.
Note: Numbers reflect games through Feb. 23.