Inside the numbers behind Sunday’s top performances:
1. Ohio State made 14-of-15 from 3-point range in a 93-65 win over Wisconsin. The 93.3 percent mark is the best in Division I history (minimum 10 attempts). The Buckeyes made their final 14 3-point attempts after Jon Diebler missed his first with 13:42 remaining in the first half. The 14 consecutive 3s made also broke the D-I record of 11, set by both Niagara and Eastern Kentucky, who did so a week apart in 1987. Diebler went 7-for-8 from 3-point range and is 17-for-20 from downtown in his past two games. Overall, the Buckeyes shot 68.1 percent from the field, the highest against Wisconsin in 10 years.
2. The weekend brought us the two most efficient offensive performances of the season. On Saturday, Syracuse dismantled DePaul 107-59. The Orange averaged 1.50 points per possession, which was the most against a D-I opponent this season. However, that fact only lasted one day. In the aforementioned win over Wisconsin on Sunday, Ohio State averaged 1.56 points per possession. Ironically, before this weekend, Wisconsin’s 1.49 PPP against Northwestern in January was the high-water mark.
3. North Texas’ Tristan Thompson -- no, not the one who plays for Texas -- became just the ninth D-I player to hit 20 or more free throws without a miss in a game. Thompson went 20-for-20 from the line on his way to a career-high 36 points, as the Mean Green pulled off a 78-64 win in the Sun Belt quarters over regular-season champs Florida Atlantic. The last player to hit more free throws without a miss was Steve Nash in 1995. Thompson is the first player to go 20-for-20 or better in March since 1959, when Oklahoma State’s Arlen Clark set the record by shooting 24-for-24 against Colorado.
Most Free Throws in a Game Without a Miss, Last 20 Seasons
21-21: Steve Nash, Santa Clara vs. Saint Mary’s (1995)
20-20: Tristan Thompson, North Texas vs Florida Atlantic (2011)
20-20: Stefon Jackson, UTEP vs Marshall (2009)
20-20: Jeron Roberts, Wyoming vs UTEP (1998)
20-20: Donyell Marshall, Connecticut vs St. John’s (1994)
4. Charleston advanced to the Southern Conference title game with a 63-58 win over Furman, but it wasn’t easy. The Cougars trailed but four at halftime and didn’t retake the lead until 6:24 remained. Charleston shot just 33.3 percent, its lowest of the season. It’s the program’s lowest FG pct in a win since beating Stephen Curry and Davidson in the 2009 SoCon tournament while shooting just 32.8 pecent. Andrew Goudelock scored 31 points, but it was on 8-of-28 from the floor. That’s actually the second-most points in a game this season for a player shooting under 30 percent. In December, New Mexico State’s Troy Gillenwater had 32 points on 8-of-29 from the field against New Mexico.
5. The Isiah Thomas-coached Florida International squad had a rough one Sunday. The Panthers shot 22.9 percent from the field in a 73-38 loss to Middle Tennessee in the Sun Belt quarterfinals. That’s the lowest field goal percentage in a conference tournament game since Michigan shot 20.0 percent against Wisconsin in 2008.