An inside look at the numbers behind Thursday’s top performances:
1. Going into Thursday, Michigan hadn’t topped Michigan State in football or basketball in 1,181 days. You had to go back to Nov. 3, 2007, when the Wolverines came out on top in football. But the basketball team pulled out a win on Thursday, topping the Spartans 61-57 in East Lansing. The Wolverines won for the first time at Michigan State since 1997, snapping an 11-game losing streak at the Breslin Center. Michigan pulled it out despite shooting just 5-of-12 (41.7 percent) from the line. It’s the Wolverines’ worst free throw percentage in a Big Ten win in at least the past 15 seasons. Similarly, it’s the lowest free throw percentage for any opponent to beat Michigan State in the past 15 seasons.
2. Kenneth Faried had 23 points and 23 rebounds in Morehead State’s 72-65 win over Ohio Valley co-leader Tennessee State. It’s the most rebounds in a game this season, as the senior matched the rebound total of the entire Tennessee State team. It marked Faried’s second career 23-23 game, the only player in the past 15 years with multiple such games. It’s also his 74th career double-double, tying David Robinson and Keith Lee for ninth all-time. He’s now 13 shy of Tim Duncan’s record. A big milestone looms around the corner for Faried, the nation’s leading rebounder. He’s now 23 rebounds shy of 1,500 for his career. He’d be the first player to reach that total since Duncan in 1997. In fact, only four players have reached 1,500 rebounds in the past 35 seasons, and three of them became the top pick in the NBA draft: Duncan, Derrick Coleman, and Ralph Sampson.
Most Career Rebounds, Since 1975
1,570 -- Tim Duncan, Wake Forest
1,537 -- Derrick Coleman, Syracuse
1,514 -- Malik Rose, Drexel
1,511 -- Ralph Sampson, Virginia
1,477 -- Kenneth Faried, Morehead State
3. All is not well in Charlottesville, as Virginia scored only 42 points on its home court. The Cavaliers didn’t have anyone score more than eight points in a 66-42 loss to Maryland. It’s Virginia’s fewest points in a game since a 63-41 loss to Duke in the 1998 ACC tournament. But Thursday’s loss was at home. You have to go back nearly 18 years to find the last time the Cavs scored this little in a home game. On Nov. 29, 1993, UVa fell at home in its season opener to Connecticut by a score of 77-36. That game prompted coach Jeff Jones to say: "I want to apologize to everybody who was here tonight and had to sit through something like that." Thursday’s performance wasn’t that bad, but it was the fewest points scored by Virginia in John Paul Jones Arena.
4. Chattanooga improved to 8-2 in the SoCon, but UNC Greensboro put up quite a fight. The Mocs trailed by seven with less than two minutes to go in the second overtime, but crawled back to prevail 111-110. Junior guard Ricky Taylor had a career-high 41 points, nearly doubling his previous high of 22. In fact, Taylor had scored a total of 11 points in his previous two games. In that frenzied final two minutes, Taylor hit the layup that ultimately put Chattanooga ahead with 15 seconds to go. The 221 combined points are the most in a game between two D-I schools this season.
5. South Alabama’s Gary Redus is the son of the former MLB player of the same name. His father played 13 seasons in the majors, collecting 886 hits. On Thursday, his son had the equivalent of a four-hit game (of which the elder Redus had five). The Jaguars’ swingman scored a career-high 32 points in an 83-78 win at Troy. His 19 points in the first half was already a season-high, but it was his performance from 3-point range that made this night interesting. Redus came into the game just 9-for-40 (22.5 percent) from 3-point range. But Thursday, he hit 7-of-8 from deep.