Player of the Weekend - Roosevelt Jones, Butler
Alex Barlow hit the heroic game-winner as Butler knocked off No. 1 Indiana 88-86 in overtime. However, Jones did a little bit of everything before fouling out in regulation.
The sophomore posted a season-high 16 points to with 12 rebounds and a career-high seven assists. The last player to reach all of those levels in a win over the nation’s top-ranked team was Andre Miller in the 1998 Final Four against North Carolina.
Scorer of the Weekend - Doug McDermott, Creighton
McDermott scored a season-high 34 points as Creighton picked up a 74-64 road win over California. That’s back-to-back 30-point efforts for McDermott. He’s the first Bluejay to do that since Bob Harstad in 1990.
After a slow start to the season, McDermott has scored 20 or more in seven straight games, and is third in the nation in scoring (23.7 ppg).
Stat Sheet Stuffer - Richard Howell, NC State
NC State made relatively easy work of Norfolk State on Saturday, as Howell finished with a line to remember. The senior had 12 points, 19 rebounds, five blocks and five assists in the 84-62 win.
No major-conference player has hit all four of those thresholds in a game since Georgetown’s Michael Sweetney in 2003.
Freshman of the Weekend – Mike Gesell, Iowa
Gesell had a breakout performance in Saturday’s win over Northern Iowa, scoring a career-high 23 points. He combined with Roy Devyn Marble (30 points) to score 66 percent of the Hawkeyes’ points.
With three freshmen in the starting lineup, Iowa has defeated in-state rivals Iowa State and Northern Iowa in back-to-back contests.
Ugly Stat Line of the Weekend – UC-Riverside
The Highlanders shot just 19 percent from the field in a 70-26 loss to USC. No starter connected on more than one field goal, and no player scored more than six points. It was the fewest points by a Division I school in over four years, and the fewest allowed by the Trojans since 1946.
This is the second time this season that UC-Riverside has been held to 30 points or fewer.