1. Jared Sullinger does his best Michael Beasley -- Sullinger’s 40-point performance in Ohio State’s 75-64 win against IUPUI made all sorts of history. Most notably, he broke Michael Redd’s 13-year-old OSU freshman scoring record of 30. It was just the 23rd 40-point performance in school history and first since Dennis Hopson in 1986. The last freshman to score 40 in a game was Michael Beasley when he poured in 44 against Baylor in 2008. Beasley actually topped 40 on three occasions as a freshman. Prior to him, Scottie Reynolds was the last to do it. Thursday’s performance raised Sullinger’s scoring average from 14.5 ppg (t-11th among freshman) to 18.1 ppg (second among freshmen).
Most Points in a Game by a Freshman, Past 5 Seasons
44 -- Michael Beasley, Kansas State (2/23/08 vs Baylor)
40 -- Jared Sullinger, Ohio State (12/9/10 vs IUPUI)
40 -- Michael Beasley, Kansas State (2/16/08 vs Missouri)
40 -- Michael Beasley, Kansas State (12/22/07 vs Winston-Salem)
40 -- Scottie Reynolds, Villanova (2/28/07 vs Connecticut)
2. Moore too much for Hoyas -- Temple junior Ramone Moore picked a good time to have the best game of his career. Going up against arguably the nation’s best backcourt on national television, Moore exploded for 30 points in the Owls’ 68-65 win. Moore was coming off a 4-for-16 shooting performance against Maryland, and entered the game shooting 34.6 percent from the field and 15.8 percent from long range. On Thursday, he was 12-for-18 from the field and perfect on a pair of 3-point attempts. Fran Dunphy picked up his 400th win, and Temple has now won three of its past five against top-10 teams.
3. Xavier wins ugly -- It’s not often you win a game when shooting 32.1 percent from the field, but Xavier still managed to top Butler 51-49. It’s the Musketeers' lowest field percentage in a win since shooting 29.8 percent in a 2002 victory against UMass. Regardless of outcome, it was Xavier's worst shooting performance at home since 2006 against St. Louis. Things would’ve been much worse last night were it not for Kenny Frease’s 6-for-10 performance off the bench. Consider that X’s starters combined to shoot 23.1 percent. So how did that produce a win? Butler shot even worse at 31.3 percent.
4. Old Dominion dominates boards, game -- Old Dominion dominated Maryland-Eastern Shore in its 81-39 win. The Monarchs got out to an 18-0 lead before Freddy Obame Obame finally got the Hawks on the board. In addition to one of the best names in D-I, Obame Obame is also the biggest player in the UMES starting lineup at just 6-foot-6 and 240. That led to a 64-28 rebounding advantage for ODU, which tied the third-highest rebounding total in D-I this season.
5. An Army of 16 -- Army coach Zach Spiker celebrated the birth of his son, Tucker, late Wednesday night. If he went any deeper down his bench on Thursday, Tucker might’ve gotten some playing time. In a 71-63 win at New Hampshire, Army used 11 players off the bench. They combined to score two points. However, three of Army’s starters had career-high scoring nights: Mitch McDonald, Ella Ellis and Chris Welker. Army improved to 3-1 in true road games. Only three teams have more road wins.