Numbers to know: Vol pulls a Blake Griffin

Tennessee junior Jeronne Maymon had never scored more than 14 points or pulled down more than 12 rebounds in his career. In Tuesday’s 99-97 double overtime loss to the Memphis, he came out of nowhere for 32 points and 20 rebounds. That performance put him in some pretty elite company.

Maymon became the first power six conference player with a 30-point, 20-rebound game since Blake Griffin. Before that, the previous two were Michael Beasley and Kevin Durant. The last Tennessee player with a 30-20 game was Steve Hamer in the 1996 SEC Tournament. Maymon hit 16 free throws, the most by a Vol since Tony White (18) in 1987.

Marshall’s passing plan

Multiple 15-Assist Games
Power 6 Conferences, Last 15 Years

Kendall Marshall handed out 15 assists as the Tar Heels took down Tennessee State 102-69. It’s the second time this season, and third time in his career, that Marshall has registered 15 assists. No other player in North Carolina history has more than one such game. Marshall is the first major conference player with two 15-assist games in the same season since Connecticut’s Marcus Williams in 2004-05.

Wisconsin’s badgering defense

Wisconsin's defense continues to stifle anyone it comes across. The Badgers held UMKC to 20.8 percent from the field in a 77-31 blowout. Through four games, all against D-I opponents, Wisconsin is holding foes to 34.0 ppg and a 26.2 FG pct. That’s 10.0 fewer than any other team is allowing thus far. Consider that Wisconsin basketball is allowing more than 10 points fewer per game than Wisconsin football is scoring (44.8).

Though it’s far too early to rationally project, it’s worth noting that Wisconsin is on pace for the second best scoring defense in D-I history behind only Oklahoma State (32.5 in 1948). Over the past 45 years, only five teams have held opponents below 50.0 ppg over an entire season.

Louisville’s stingiest game in 65 years

Louisville beat Arkansas State 54-27, the fewest points allowed by the Cardinals since a 60-27 win over Vanderbilt on January 5, 1946. It’s the fewest points scored by a Division I school since Ohio State held Samford to 22 points in November 2008.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this was just the third time a Big East team has held an opponent to 27 or fewer points in the conference’s 33 year history. Providence beat New Hampshire 56-27 in 1992 and Georgetown topped Columbia 38-26 in 1981.

Launch Mower

Lafayette's Jim Mower went 10-for-13 from 3-point range in the Leopards’ 85-74 win over Fairleigh Dickinson. That’s a school record for 3s in a game, and more than Mower had in his first four games combined (9).

Only four players reached double digits in 3s last season, and Mower is the first to do so in 2011-12. He’s the first to do it in November since Arkansas’ Rotnei Clarke in 2009. Mower finished with a career-high 37 points, crossing the 1,000-point threshold in the process.