Inside the numbers behind Monday’s top performances:
1. Kansas’ 92-65 win over Oklahoma State was brought to you by the letter M. Markieff and Marcus Morris scored the Jayhawks’ first 12 points, ensuring they’d never trail in this one. The Morris brothers ultimately combined for 42 points on 15-for-23 from the field. Meanwhile, Marshall Moses scored 27 points for the Cowboys, one game after being held scoreless while battling an illness. Monday’s 27-point loss was the worst of the Travis Ford era at Oklahoma State, and the largest margin of defeat for the Cowboys since a 30-point loss to Marquette in 2007. Oklahoma State still hasn’t won in Lawrence since 1989.
2. Philadelphia natives also came up big in Syracuse’s 69-64 win at Villanova. Scoop Jardine scored 20 points on 7-for-11 from the field. Compare that to the January meeting with the Wildcats when Jardine shot 1-for-8 on his way to two points. Rick Jackson again came up big against Villanova with 18 points, while Dion Waiters contributed seven off the bench. In all, those three served up 45 of Syracuse’s 69 points. Last month, they only managed 24 points against Nova. Jardine and Waiters, who were a combined 3-for-20 in the first meeting, shot 52.9 percent on Monday.
3. Valparaiso’s hopes of winning the Horizon League regular season title took a hit on Monday. The Crusaders lost 81-80 in overtime to Green Bay. With the loss, Valpo fell a game behind Cleveland State and a half-game back of Butler. It was Senior Night at the Resch Center, and it was a senior who stepped up for Green Bay. Bryquis Perine hit the game-winner with 11 seconds to go in overtime. In the first 30 minutes of the game, Perine only had two points. But he finished with 20, including seven of his team’s nine in overtime.
4. Texas Southern improved to 13-1 in the SWAC with a 58-55 overtime win over Mississippi Valley State. The Tigers won despite a 35.1 field goal percentage and getting outrebounded 43-35. So how’d they do it? Turnovers. MVSU committed 33 of them, the second-most in a D-I game this season. The Delta Devils are averaging 17.7 turnovers per game this season, fifth-most in the nation.
5. Coppin State shot 60.0 percent from the field in an 89-72 win over Delaware State. That’s the Eagles’ best shooting performance since November 2003 against Loyola Marymount. Michael Murray chipped in a career-high 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting. He’s scored 27 combined in his last two games, after entering that stretch with 49 points on the season. It was a rare decisive result for Coppin State. Five of its previous eight games had either gone to overtime or been decided by two points or fewer.