From a size standpoint, Monday’s Charleston Southern-Florida State game could not have been a bigger mismatch. According to kempom.com, the Seminoles are the third tallest team in the nation, averaging almost 6-7. Only Kentucky and North Carolina have more size on the roster. Meanwhile, Charleston Southern is the smallest team in the nation, with the average player barely over 6-2. Florida State led by 27 at halftime and cruised to a 76-51 win. The Seminoles defense continued to flummox opponents, holding the Buccaneers under 30 percent. However, Florida State will need to solve its turnover problem to compete with equally-matched opponents. After 21 turnovers Monday, they are averaging 18.2 per game, which ranks 327th in the nation.
Milwaukee’s best shooting night
DePaul had never lost to Milwaukee in 10 previous meetings. That changed Monday. Milwaukee had three players score at least 19 points in an 87-76 win. The Panthers had their best shooting performance in recent memory, and it started right out of the gates. Milwaukee hit six of their first seven threes and led 35-13 midway through the first half. The Panthers finished 61.7 percent from the floor, an Allstate Arena record for an opponent. Tony Meier and Paris Gulley combined to go 10-for-10 from long distance.
Council falls a rebound short
Vincent Council couldn’t quite get that last rebound. Despite playing 37 minutes in a 31-point win over Brown, the Providence junior fell one rebound short of his first career triple-double. Council finished with 21 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists. It would have been the first triple-double by a Friar since Geoff McDermott in 2006. It was a tale of two halves for Council, who went into halftime with 15 points. In the second half, he had six rebounds and eight assists.
You can’t spell Anosike without Siena
Siena snapped a five-game losing streaking, defeating Albany 64-60 in this battle of crosstown rivals. The Saints came back from a 19-point first-half deficit. Evan Hymes kept Siena in the game, scoring 19 of the team’s 29 points at halftime. But the line of the night came from O.D. Anosike. The junior finished with 21 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. He’s the fifth D-I player with at least 20 points and 18 rebounds in a game this season.
Samford’s keeps launching
Samford took its three-point attack to a new level on Monday, with poor results. In a 74-52 loss to UTSA, the Bulldogs attempted 41 threes and only 14 shots from inside the arc. It’s the most three-point attempts against a D-I opponent in a regulation game this season. On the season, 57 percent of Samford’s attempts have come from beyond the arc. Over the past nine seasons, the highest such percentage is 54.4 by VMI in 2009.