Inside the numbers behind Thursday’s top performances:
1. Ohio State overcame a halftime deficit to beat Michigan 62-53. The Buckeyes are now 23-0 for the second time in school history, and are now just four wins away from tying the best start in school history (27-0 in 1960-61). The Bucks are off to the best start in college basketball since Memphis opened with 26 straight wins in 2007-08. Jared Sullinger had another monster game Thursday, finishing with 19 points and 15 rebounds. He’s now averaging 18.0 ppg and 10.1 rpg, both tops among freshmen. If he maintains those numbers, he’d be just the sixth freshman to average 18 and 10 in the last 10 years, joining a group that includes Michael Beasley, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony.
18.0 ppg and 10.0 rpg as a Freshman, Last 10 Seasons
Chris Gaston, Fordham (2009-10)
Michael Beasley, Kansas State (2007-08)
Kevin Durant, Texas (2006-07)
Kris Humphries, Minnesota (2003-04)
Carmelo Anthony, Syracuse (2002-03)
2. It was a tough night to be a Pac-10 school from the state of Washington. Combined on Thursday, Washington and Washington State shot just 29.3 percent. The Huskies have now lost two in a row, shooting just 32.3 percent in a 68-56 loss at Oregon State. Things were even worse for Washington State, which put together its worst offensive performance in years. The Cougars shot just 25.9 percent in a 69-43 drubbing at the hands of Oregon. It was Wazzu’s worst shooting performance since posting a 21.8 FG pct in a 2004 loss to Oklahoma State. The Cougars lost that game 81-29, so they can take solace in knowing it could have been much worse.
3. Kenneth Faried did it again Thursday night. The nation’s leading rebounder posted his second 20-20 game in the span of eight days, and fifth of his career. The senior finished with 21 points and 20 rebounds in Morehead State’s 78-72 win over Jacksonville State. Faried almost single-handedly out-rebounded the Gamecocks, who finished with 24 on the night. In doing so, he became just the fifth player since 1975 to reach 1,500 rebounds in his career. He now has 1,513, having passed Ralph Sampson (1,511) last night. Faried needs one rebound to tie Malik Rose for third on that list. With nine more regular-season games on the schedule, he’s just 57 rebounds behind Tim Duncan, who has the most rebounds in that time period.
Most Career Rebounds, Careers Beginning After 1973
1,570 -- Tim Duncan, Wake Forest
1,537 -- Derrick Coleman, Syracuse
1,514 -- Malik Rose, Drexel
1,513 -- Kenneth Faried, Morehead St
1,511 -- Ralph Sampson, Virginia
4. Miami shot 52.5 percent from the floor and 43.8 percent from 3-point range. Meanwhile, Georgia Tech’s field goal percentage was 27.4, its lowest in a game since 2001. Sounds like a blowout, doesn’t it? Miami did win, but it was only by two points, 59-57. So what happened? The Hurricanes committed 28 turnovers, their most in a game in the last 15 years. That included 11 turnovers in the final 9:30. It’s the most turnovers in a win in ACC play since Georgia Tech had 28 in a 2007 toppling of Duke. Miami’s Durand Scott had 10 turnovers on Thursday, the first double-digit turnover night by an ACC player since Florida State’s Jason Rich in 2008. Scott is the only Hurricane in the past 15 years to have 10 turnovers in a game.
5. Even when a 2-18 team hosts a 5-16 team, a pretty exciting basketball game can break out. Houston Baptist topped Chicago State 97-94 in overtime to pick up its third win of the season. The Huskies got a career-high 36 points from senior Andrew Gonzalez, who has emerged as an offensive force. Since Jan. 1, Gonzalez is averaging 25.4 ppg, which is second only to Jimmer Fredette (31.7). In their three wins, he’s averaging 32.0 points. On the other side of the ball, Chicago State’s Carl Montgomery had 35 points and 16 rebounds coming off the bench. He joins Norfolk State’s Kyle O’Quinn as the only players with 35-15 games this season. But off the bench? It’s the first time that’s happened in the last 15 years.