An inside look at the numbers behind Monday’s top performances:
1. Ben Hansbrough and Tim Abromaitis both scored 30 points as Notre Dame topped Villanova 93-72. They are the first Irish teammates to score 30 in the same game since Chris Quinn and Colin Falls against Seton Hall in 2006. Hansbrough had 10 assists to go with his 30 points, just the fifth player this season to do that. The last Notre Dame player with 30 points and 10 assists in a game was Chris Thomas in 2002. Hansbrough also added five assists to become just the second player from a power conference with a 30-10-5 over the past 15 seasons. The other was Jonny Flynn in 67 minutes of action against UConn in 2009.
2. The Fighting Irish finished 20-of-32 from 3-point range, setting a school record and tying a Big East record for 3s in a game. It’s the first time a team has hit 20 3s against a D-I opponent since Cornell against Brown last March. The Irish’s 62.5 3-point FG percentage was also historic. Over the past 15 seasons, there have only been two instances of a team attempting 32 3s and having a better 3-point percentage. Factoring in the increased worth of a 3-pointer, the Irish had a 75.0 effective field goal percentage, the highest by a Big East team in conference play since Georgetown’s 76.1 last season against Seton Hall.
3. Texas shot just 33.8 percent from the field in a 75-70 loss to Kansas State. It was the Longhorns’ worst shooting performance at home since shooting 32.2 percent in a loss to Oklahoma in 2001. Tristan Thompson was the lone exception offensively for Texas, scoring 26 points on 9-for-14 shooting. However, the rest of the Longhorns combined to shoot 25.9 percent. Kansas State has won five in a row and finished February 7-1.
4. Northern Colorado secured at least a share of the Big Sky title with a 77-74 win at Northern Arizona. As has been the case a lot recently, the story in this one was Devon Beitzel. He had a game-high 28 points thanks to a perfect 16-for-16 effort from the line. He’s the fifth player this season to attempt at least 16 free throws without a miss. On the season, Beitzel ranks sixth in the nation with a 90.7 free throw percentage. Beitzel averaged 24.6 ppg in February, ninth-best in the nation.
5. Texas Southern’s smooth trip to the NCAA tournament just hit a bump. The Tigers entered Monday 14-1 in SWAC play, including eight straight wins. That streak ended Monday with a 60-48 loss to Alabama State. Having already clinched the SWAC regular-season title, this wouldn’t be notable were it not for Texas Southern’s awful shooting performance. The Tigers shot just 31.7 percent from the field. Former Texas Longhorn Harrison Smith provided 17 points off the bench, but he was the only Tiger with more than two field goals. Texas Southern’s starting lineup combined to go 3-for-21 (14.3 percent).