College basketball: 52 surprising numbers of November
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.
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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.
Mr. Triple-Double pic.twitter.com/b8lKz5efsd— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) November 29, 2016
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.
Highlights from MSU's Friday victory over Wichita State. https://t.co/iDw6F2RGrX— Spartan Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) November 26, 2016
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.