Player of the Night -- Nerlens Noel, Kentucky
Noel posted 10 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in Kentucky’s win against South Carolina, as the Wildcats matched a season high with their fourth straight victory. Noel and Anthony Davis are the only Kentucky players with multiple games of at least 10 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks over the past 15 seasons. Noel leads the country with 4.6 blocks per game this season.
Clutch Performer of the Night -- Michael Snaer, Florida State
Snaer did it yet again. For the third time in the past two weeks, he made a game-winning shot in the final seconds -- this time a layup at the buzzer to defeat Georgia Tech. Snaer is now 6-for-11 over the past two seasons on game-tying and go-ahead shots in the final minute of the second half or overtime, including 4-for-7 on 3-point attempts.
Stat Sheet Stuffer -- Bobby Capobianco, Valparaiso
Capobianco came off the bench to contribute 10 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in a win against Illinois-Chicago. He’s the first player to put up those numbers off the bench since UMass’s Chris Lowe had 14 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds in March 2008 against La Salle. As a team, Valparaiso put on a shooting clinic. It was the first time the Crusaders shot at least 60 percent from the field, 50 percent from the 3-point line and 90 percent on free-throw attempts since a December 2007 win against Detroit.
Bench Player of the Night -- Rion Brown, Miami (FL)
Brown came off the bench to score a game-high 22 in Miami’s win against Boston College. The 22 points match Brown’s career high, which he also scored off the bench exactly a month earlier. Over the past 15 seasons, Brown is the only Miami player to score at least 22 off the bench twice. The only other players to do it once are Guillermo Diaz, Marcus Barnes, Johnny Hemsley and Darius Rice.
Defender of the Night -- Eric Stutz, Eastern Kentucky
Stutz had quite the stat line, totaling 13 points, seven rebounds, seven steals and two blocks in just 17 minutes in a 97-31 win against Crowley’s Ridge College. Stutz is the seventh player in the past six seasons to post those numbers in a game. The others are Harvard’s Jeremy Lin, DePaul’s Mac Koshwal, Florida State’s Chris Singleton, Cleveland State’s D’Aundray Brown, Jacksonville State’s Ronnie Boggs and Appalachian State’s Nathan Healy. Stutz is the only player in the past 15 seasons with at least seven steals and two blocks while playing no more than 17 minutes.