Player of the Night – Trey Burke, Michigan
Burke scored 18 points with nine assists and only one turnover in a road win against a top-10 opponent (Minnesota). Tough to beat that. In fact, only three other players have done it over the past 15 years. They are names you might recognize: T.J. Ford, Ben Gordon, Mike Bibby.
Breakout Game of the Night – Darius Theus, VCU
Theus had a career-best game in VCU’s 92-86 overtime win against St. Joseph’s. The senior scored a career-high 22 points. Consider that he’d gone 14 straight games without even reaching double digits. Add to that 10 assists and no turnovers. Theus joins Virginia Tech’s Erick Green as the only players with 20 points, 10 assists and zero turnovers in a game this season.
Freshman of the Night – Joel Bolomboy, Weber State
Bolomboy came off the bench to finish with 13 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in an 83-70 win against Northern Arizona. That hasn’t been done off the bench since SMU’s Papa Dia in 2011. But Bolomboy is the only player in at least the past 15 years to have two assists and two steals along with those other numbers. Bolomboy leads the nation with 16.2 rebounds per 40 minutes.
Scorer of the Night – Kevin Van Wijk, Valparaiso
Van Wijk scored a career-high 31 on 13-for-15 from the field, as Valparaiso picked up an 89-88 come-from-behind win against Detroit. The Crusaders trailed by 11 with three minutes to go, but scored the final 12 points of the game to pick up the win.
Stat Sheet Stuffer – Jamal Olasewere, LIU
Olasewere scored 30 and added career highs with 16 rebounds and four blocks, leading LIU Brooklyn to a 79-75 overtime win at Fairleigh Dickinson. He’s the first player to reach all of those totals this season, and just the fourth in the past 10 years to do it on the road.