For You Big-Time Stats Guys | ACC Basketball Feb. 6

For You Big-Time Stats Guys | ACC Basketball Feb. 6
February 6, 2014, 2:30 pm
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For all you passionate fans, you big-time stats guys, you BTSG's. Here are some notes, nuggets and tidbits of all things college basketball. Impress your friends it's time to tip off!

SYRACUSE

The Orange keep on winning. The newly named No. 1 team in the country Syracuse defeated Notre Dame 61-55 to remain perfect at 22-0 on the season. The Orange has not lost to the Irish at home since 2007. Trevor Cooney went long range a total of nine times (nine times, Mrs. Bueller). The sophomore ended with a career-high 33 points. It was Syracuse’s first 30-point scorer since James Southerland’s 35 against Arkansas in 2012. Cooney shot 11-for-15 from the floor including his 9-for-12 from beyond the arc. His nine three’s tied a team record with Southerland, Andy Rautins and current Syracuse assistant Gerry McNamara. The most 3-point field goals made by an ACC player since the beginning of the 2000-01 season is 11. Here are the top seven in this category:

  • Craig Dawson (Wake Forest): 11 in 2002
  • Shane Battier (Duke): 9 in 2000
  • J.J. Redick (Duke): 9 in 2005 
  • Mike Jones (Maryland): 9 in 2006
  • Isaiah Swann (Florida State): 9 in 2007
  • Lewis Clinch (Georgia Tech): 9 in 2009
  • Trevor Cooney (Syracuse): 9 in 2014

CLEMSON

Defense was the name of the game on Tuesday; that combined with a little bit of poor shooting as Clemson defeated Georgia Tech 45-41. The Tigers shot 31.9 percent from the floor while the Yellow Jackets didn’t fare too much better shooting 34.8. Since the beginning of the 2000-01 season, that was the second fewest points Clemson has held a team to in a game. The strange part is the lowest was also against the Ramblin’ Wreck. Here are the top five defensive stops by Clemson in ACC play since 2000-01.

  • 2012 vs. Georgia Tech: 37 points
  • 2014 vs. Georgia Tech: 41 points
  • 2013 vs. Virginia: 44 points
  • 2011 vs. Florida State: 44 points
  • 2013 vs. Wake Forest: 44 points

NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina had a strong first half and never looked back as it defeated Maryland 75-63. The Tar Heels have now defeated the Terrapins in 14 out of their last 18 matchups. Marcus Paige was the man again with a team-high 25 points. For the ninth time (nine times, Mrs. Bueller) Paige led UNC in scoring in a game this season. 18 of his 25 points came in the second half. Paige also led North Carolina in assists with seven which is one shy of his season-high. Since the 2000-01 only three North Carolina players have ever had 25 points and seven assists in a game. Here are those three:

  • Raymond Felton (2004 vs. Georgia Tech)
  • Wayne Ellington (2009 vs. Clemson)
  • Marcus Paige (2014 vs. Maryland)

DUKE

Duke rebounded nicely after their conference thriller with Syracuse by defeating Wake Forest 83-63 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. It continues the nation’s longest home winning streak to 29 games. The Blue Devils led at half 46-33 and have led at halftime in 21 of 23 games this season. Freshman Jabari Parker did his typical thing scoring 21 points. It was the 29th 20-point game by a Duke player this season. Parker leads the Duke players with 13 games in that category. He is approaching the ACC record for most 20-point games by a freshman. The top six in that category are very impressive.

  • Kenny Anderson – 19 games
  • Stephon Marbury – 16 games
  • Joe Smith – 15 games
  • Tyler Hansbrough – 14 games
  • Mark Price – 13 games
  • Jabari Parker – 13 games

PITTSBURGH

Pittsburgh has been struggling lately, but fought hard and so did Miami. But it was the Panthers that came out on top in a game that went into overtime, 59-55. Lamar Patterson scored 25 points for the fourth time this season to lead the way. The fifth-year senior (ankle injury his freshman season) even had the key steal as time was running out. He shot 6-of-14 from the field and the six field goals put him at 127 for the season, which is not close to being over. The 127 is the most he has made in a season. Here is his breakdown:

  • 2009-10: 10 games (6 field goals)
  • 2010-11: 32 games (28 field goals)
  • 2011-12: 37 games (126 field goals)
  • 2012-13: 33 games (115 field goals)
  • 2013-14: 22 games (127 field goals)

VIRGINIA

Virginia led early and throughout the game as it defeated Boston College 77-67. The Cavaliers are 9-1 in the ACC for the first time since the 1981-82 season (Ralph Sampson’s junior season). Malcolm Brogdon had 17 points and 11 rebounds for his first career double-double. Joe Harris also had a career-high five steals in the game. This stat is about neither of those players. It is about the hard-nose gritty players coming off the bench. Here are the bench stats of the two teams in Wednesday’s matchup.

  • Boston College: 10 points (5-13 field goals)
  • Virginia: 39 points (15-25 field goals)