Player of the Night – Trey Burke
Burke notched his first career double-double with 18 points and 11 assists in Michigan’s 79-72 win against NC State. Throw in zero turnovers, and Burke’s night looks even more impressive.
He’s the first player with at least 18 points and 10 assists in a zero turnover game against a ranked opponent since Marquette’s Travis Diener against Arizona in 2003.
Freshman of the Night – Nik Stauskas
Stauskas was on the receiving end of Burke’s generosity. The freshman chipped in 20 points off the bench for Michigan. That’s the most points by a Michigan reserve since Stu Douglass in 2009.
Stauskas joins Purdue’s A.J. Hammons as the only Big Ten freshmen to score 20 points off the bench this season.
Scorer of the Night - Omar Strong
Coming into the game averaging 8.7 ppg, Strong’s career-high 39 points were almost enough to lift Texas Southern over Colorado, but the Buffalos prevailed 85-80 in double overtime.
Strong went 9-for-21 from 3-point range. That’s the most 3s attempted against a ranked team in at least the past 15 seasons. The last player to hit nine 3s and score 39 points against a ranked foe was Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks in his 54-point game against Tennessee in 2009.
Stat Sheet Stuffer – Jordan Hulls
Hulls had 13 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in Indiana’s 83-59 dismantling of North Carolina. He’s just the third Hoosier in the past 15 seasons to reach all three of those totals in a game, joining Earl Calloway and Tom Coverdale (twice).
In all seven games this season, Hulls has hit at least three 3s, while connecting on at least half of his attempts from long distance.
Breakout Performance of the Night – Andre Almeida
At 6-11, 314 pounds, it’s tough to imagine Almeida staying under the radar. After Tuesday’s performance, the Brazilian will be noticed for more than just his size.
Almeida finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in Nebraska’s 79-63 win at Wake Forest. The last Big Ten player with a 20-10 game in which he shot 90 percent from the field was Iowa’s Cyrus Tate in 2009. Before that it was Raymar Morgan and Greg Oden.