The numbers you need to know

A closer look inside the numbers from Tuesday night's action:

1. Kansas’ 81-68 win over Memphis underscored not just the Jayhawks' efficiency, but the degree to which they force opponents out of their game. KU is tied for first in points per possession (1.22) and is 10th in points allowed per possession (0.88). The Jayhawks are the only team in the top 10 in both categories according to bbstate.com. On Tuesday, Kansas shot 57.1 percent, while Memphis managed a meager 37.0. On the season, KU has the best field goal percentage differential in the nation.

Largest FG Pct Differential, Division I

19.4 -- Kansas

18.2 -- UCF

17.9 -- UNLV

14.3 -- Washington St.

13.4 -- Richmond

2. Rick Jackson grabbed 16 rebounds to go with 17 points in Syracuse’s 72-58 win over Michigan State. He’s now averaging 12.8 rpg, which ranks fourth in the nation. But Jackson is tops among players in the Power Six conferences. In three games against schools from Michigan, Jackson is averaging 16.7 rpg. The Orange are now 9-0 for the third straight season.

Most RPG, Power 6 Conferences


12.8 -- Rick Jackson, Syracuse

11.7 -- Jordan Williams, Maryland

10.7 -- Nikola Vucevic, USC

10.6 -- Alex Oriakhi, UConn

10.5 -- John Henson, UNC

3. There seems to be little doubt who is the top newcomer in the Mountain West. Utah’s Will Clyburn currently ranks second in the conference in scoring (20.3), rebounding (9.1), and steals (2.4). His scoring average is second among juco transfers to Iona’s Michael Glover. Clyburn put together another big night Tuesday. In a 67-60 win over Pepperdine, he went off for 23 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals. You have to go back to 2008 to find another 13-rebound, 7-steal game. That was from Houston’s Aubrey Coleman. Clyburn is one of only five players in D-I averaging 20 points and nine rebounds.

4. In-state rivals Belmont and Middle Tennessee needed double overtime before Belmont pulled it out 88-87. The Bruins found an unlikely hero in Jordan Campbell, who scored a career-high 24 points off the bench all on 3-pointers. His eight treys doubled his season total and tied the most off the bench in a game this season.

5. Gardner-Webb shot 61.4 percent, but still lost to Elon 90-82. It marked the highest field goal percentage in a loss this season, eclipsing Florida’s 61.2 percent against Ohio State. In fact, all of last season, the highest field goal pct in a loss was 61.0 by Penn against Harvard.