Jake Odum channels Larry Bird
Indiana State’s Jake Odum finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in Sunday’s 72-66 win over Fairfield. It’s the first triple-double by an Indiana State player since Larry Bird in February 1979 against Drake. Bird did a bit more scoring in that one, finishing with 33 points. The Missouri Valley Conference had a rather significant triple-double drought of its own. Before Odum, you have to go back to February 1998 when Southern Illinois’ Rashad Tucker posted one against Northern Iowa.
Moser boards up Tar Heels
Chace Stanback’s career-high 28 points were key to UNLV’s upset over No. 1 North Carolina, but don’t discount the impact that Mike Moser has had on the boards. The transfer from UCLA hauled in 18 rebounds to go with 16 points. Moser leads the nation with 13.7 rebounds per game. That’s certainly a welcome addition for UNLV, which hasn’t had a player average even 7.0 rpg in any of the past five seasons. Moser already had three 15-point, 15-rebound games this season. The last UNLV player with multiple such games was Louis Admundson in 2005-06.
UTEP managed only 35 points at home on Saturday in an 18-point loss to Stephen F. Austin. Since 1950, UTEP has only scored fewer points in a game on two occasions, and hadn't done so since scoring 27 at Wyoming in 1979. It’s the fewest points the Miners have ever scored in the Haskins Center, which opened in 1976. The previous low was 41 against Villanova in 1980.No UTEP player scored in double figures, as the team shot 31.0 percent on the day. It’s the fewest points allowed b the Lumberjacks since they joined Division I 25 years ago.
Highest PPG in November Among Freshmen in Last 5 Seasons
CCSU freshman leads nation
Central Connecticut’s Kyle Vinales scored 25 points in Saturday’s blowout of Hartford. The freshman is now averaging 24.0 ppg, tied for the Division I lead with American’s Charles Hinkle (min. five games). Vinales’ high average is particularly impressive given a three-point performance the previous Saturday against Army. CCSU is now idle for the rest of the month. Over the past five seasons, only two freshmen have had a higher scoring average at the end of November: Eric Gordon (27.3) and Michael Beasley (26.7), both in 2007-08.
A triple-double in a 42-point loss?
Arkansas rolled over Grambling State 86-44 in a game that normally wouldn’t warrant a second glance. But Grambling’s Peter Roberson pulled off a triple-double in the lopsided contest. The junior center put up 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks. He’s the first player with double-digit points, rebounds and blocks in a game since Northwestern State’s William Mosley last season. It was by far the largest margin of defeat for such a triple-double in the past 10 years.