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Mike Lopresti | | November 29, 2016

52 surprising numbers of November

  Kentucky's average margin of victory after seven games is 30.6.

Somewhere out there are teams that scores more points than anyone in the nation but barely owns a winning record, has allowed 13 fewer points a game than anyone else in the country or, by the end of its non-conference schedule, will have traveled nearly enough miles to go around the world at the equator.

Thanksgiving is over and so is the first batch of in-season tournaments. For leftovers, here are some revealing numbers of November, and not all of them are about Kentucky, though it might seem that way.

30.6 | Kentucky’s average margin of victory after seven games.

1947-48 | The last time Kentucky opened its season with seven consecutive wins by at least 21 points.

22 | Unbeaten teams remaining after Monday.

4 | Unbeaten teams in the Big East. Villanova, Xavier, Creighton and Butler are a combined 25-0.

40 | Manhattan turnovers forced by West Virginia’s pressure defense Monday night.

16.1 | West Virginia’s average turnover margin for the season, which is the best in the nation.

8.6 | Fordham’s turnover margin, which is the next best in the nation.

7 | Consecutive overtime games won by Fort Wayne, the latest an upset of No. 3 Indiana, which was its first victory ever over a ranked opponent. If you don’t get the Mastodons the first 40 minutes, you don’t get them at all.

6 | UCLA players averaging in double figures in scoring. Against Cal State Northridge, the Bruins had seven in double figures.

68 | Percent of UCLA baskets that have come with an assist.

26 | Combined halftime deficit Baylor faced in three games in the Battle 4 Atlantis; eight against VCU, three against Michigan State and 15 against Louisville. The Bears rallied to win all three by a combined 26.

“It is a game of momentum,” coach Scott Drew said afterward. “When you have it, it is great, and when you don’t, it is not too fun.”

1975 | The last time Rutgers started a season 6-0. The combined record of the five Division I opponents the Scarlet Knights have beaten is 10-19, but the Miami game on Wednesday will be more illuminating.

207 | Rutgers’ missed shots this season.

112 | Rutgers’ offensive rebounds. Meaning the Scarlet Knights are rebounding roughly half their own misses.

15,125 | Miles that Long Beach State will travel in its current nine-game road trip, including stops in all four time zones to play the likes of North Carolina, Louisville, UCLA and Kansas. By the end of their non-conference schedule, the 49ers will have gone 23,000 miles.

0-7 | Not so coincidentally, Long Beach State’s record on its current road trip with the Kansas game imminent.

24-for-96 | Combined shooting by Michigan and Syracuse— both ranked at the time— against South Carolina. The Wolverines’ 19.2 percentage was their worst in six years.

35.5 | Combined scoring average of the Scott twins, Brenton and Bryson, who play for different mid-majors and have been making a lot of trouble for the big boys. Bryson scored 18 in Fort Wayne’s upset of Indiana, and Brenton had 17 in Indiana State’s near-miss with Iowa State.

2212 | Kentucky all-time victories.

55 | Kentucky All-Americans.

2 | Triple-doubles in Kentucky history, the second by De’Aaron Fox Monday night.

0 | Seconds that North Carolina was behind in the Maui Invitational, as the Tar Heels rolled over Chaminade, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin.

2005, 2009 | North Carolina’s last two national champions. Both times, they won the Maui Invitational.

1971 | The last time Connecticut started a season 2-4.

1977 | The last time Kentucky broke 100 in three consecutive games.

4 | Kentucky national championships since 1977.

27.7 | Utah’s nation-leading field-goal percentage defense going into the Butler game.

52.8 | Butler’s shooting percentage in its 68-59 win over the Utes.

102.7 | The Citadel’s scoring per game.

112, 130, 127 | Points that The Citadel allowed over a recent three-game stretch, which is how this team can score 102 points a night and be 4-3.

41.3 | Points Virginia is allowing a game, which is 13 fewer than No. 2 Missouri State.

“They are going to be hell for somebody to beat,” Providence coach Ed Cooley said.

0 | Minutes played so far this season by Duke’s herald—but injured— freshmen trio of Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum and Marques Bolden.

60.4 | Average scoring so far by Kentucky’s freshmen.

4-19 | Virginia’s record in Florida its past 23 games, after winning the Emerald Coast Classic. Maybe the Cavaliers don’t like sunshine.

8 | Years since the ACC has beaten the Big Ten in their annual challenge.

3 | ACC national champions in that eight-year span.

0 | Big Ten national champions in that same eight-year span.

130 | Three-point field goals this season by 2-6 Savannah State.

111 | Two-point field goals this season by Savannah State.

18.2 | Current scoring average of Richmond’s T.J. Cline, who was just named Atlantic 10 player of the week. Perhaps you’ve heard of his mother, Nancy Lieberman, a Basketball Hall of Famer.

6-0 | Jamie Dixon’s record in his return to his alma mater at TCU. No first-year coach has ever had that start for the Horned Frogs.

0 | Times that Xavier and Northern Iowa have played before this season.

2 | Times that Xavier and Northern Iowa played within seven days this month, the Musketeers winning both, their first back-to-back games against a non-conference opponent since 1960.

3 | Top 10 teams faced by Michigan State in November, counting Tuesday night at Duke.

209 | Ranked opponents Michigan State has played since the 1997-98 season, counting Tuesday.

11 | New players for Utah Valley this season, including eight transfers. The incoming wave has been a lively bunch. The 4-1 Wolverines came from 27 points down to beat Denver and then outscored BYU 114-101 with 18 3-pointers.

1 | Teams in the nation that have shot at least 50 percent in every game so far this season. That would be Creighton, zipping along with a 54.7 percentage going into Tuesday night, which is a fraction behind UCLA.

130-8 | Gonzaga’s record, since 2011, when scoring at least 70 points. The Zags don’t lose many shootouts.

0-8 | Mississippi Valley State’s record, but no wonder. The Delta Devils—facing a schedule that’s included West Virginia, Michigan State and Indiana, with Gonzaga and Iowa State to come—have not had a home game yet and won’t until Jan. 7, the 15th contest of the season.

208-9 | Bill Self’s Kansas home record at Allen Fieldhouse going into Tuesday night. Hard to imagine anything better.

124-4 | John Calipari’s Kentucky home record at Rupp Arena going into Saturday’s UCLA game.

“He lost four?” Duquesne coach Jim Ferry wondered aloud after being a recent victim.

192.4 | Combined scoring average of UCLA and Kentucky, which are No. 3 and 4 in the nation. Should be fun Saturday in Lexington.

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