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!
The Florida Gators defeated the Auburn Tigers 71-66 Wednesday and with the win the Gators have won a school-record 18 straight games. Florida actually trailed by eight at half (which was their largest halftime deficit) and was trailing with under a minute left in the game as well. Patric Young scored 17 points, all in the second half for the victory. He was 7-for-9 on free-throw attempts and hit two with 19 seconds left to break a tie and put the Gators up for good. Young has hit just 55 percent of his free throws this season. That mark is great since he only hit 48.9 percent last season. In SEC games this season Young has hit over 65 percent of his free throws. Here are his career stats from the line in conference games broken down by season.
- Freshman: 9-of-15 (60.0%)
- Sophomore: 16-of-29 (55.2%)
- Junior: 31-of-58 (53.4%)
- Senior: 29-of-44 (65.9%)
Let me know if you heard this before; Kentucky has won 20 games this season. With the 84-70 win over Ole Miss, Kentucky improved to 20-6 on the season. Kentucky has now won at least 20 games in 58 different seasons. John Calipari has five 20-win seasons for Kentucky and has 20 in a row at all coaching stops. If Calipari wants to break the Wildcats record for most 20-win seasons as head coach he will have to wait at least to the year 2032 (by then Julius Randle will by 37 and that season’s star would just have been born this year). Anyway here are the most 20-win seasons by a Kentucky head coach.
- Adolph Rupp – 23
- Joe B. Hall – 10
- Tubby Smith - 10
- Rick Pitino – 7
- John Calipari – 5
- Eddie Sutton – 2
- Billy Gillespie – 1
Jarnell Stokes had another double-double as Tennessee defeated Georgia 67-48. Stokes had 20 points for the seventh time this season and had 11 rebounds for his 15th double-digit game. Last season Stokes almost averaged a double-double scoring 12.4 points per game and 9.6 rebounds per game. This season he has increased both totals and is averaging 14.4 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per game. He has 33 career double-doubles and 15 this season (he had 16 last season). He is tied for third in the nation with that mark and he leads the SEC. Here are the conference leaders:
- Jarnell Stokes (Tennessee): 15
- Julius Randle (Kentucky): 14
- Jordan Mickey (LSU): 7
- Gavin Ware (Mississippi State): 7
- Johnny O’Bryant (LSU): 6
LSU started off strong with a 14-0 lead over Mississippi State and held out for a 92-81 win over Mississippi State in Baton Rouge. Five players scored in double-figures, including two freshmen who led the way as Jarell Martin had 20 and Jordan Mickey had 19. The team shot 50.8 percent from the field including just fewer than 43 percent from beyond the arc. Something special happens when the Tigers are playing in the PMAC. Most teams do better at home, but this is a little extreme. Check out this comparison in SEC games this season.
- Home: 6-1 record, 47.4 field-goal percentage, 35.7 3-pt field-goal percentage, 70.5 free-throw percentage, 106/89 Assists/Turnovers
- Road: 1-5 record, 41.5 field-goal percentage, 31.5 3-pt field-goal percentage, 65.0 free-throw percentage, 78/85 Assists/Turnovers
Arkansas also started strong but had to hold on big time to defeat South Carolina 71-64. The Razorbacks have now won two in a row and four out of their last five games. Michael Qualls led Arkansas with 20 points, which was just one shy of his career-high. He was 7-of-14 from the field which made the fans at Bud Walton Arena very happy. Qualls was struggling in conference games this season compared to non-conference, but not this night. Check out these numbers (without Wednesday night’s game it would be worse).
- Conference: 9.8 points per game, 31.9 field-goal percentage, 34.7 3-pt field-goal percentage
- Non-SEC: 13.7 points per game, 53.1 field-goal percentage, 41.9 3-pt field-goal percentage
If it is a close SEC game, Missouri has a good chance of being involved. Missouri defeated Vanderbilt 67-64 and now has had a game decided by 10 points or less in 18 of its last 19 games. In this game, Jordan Clarkson scored 21 points. It was the 14th time he has scored at least 20 points in a game this season. Mizzou has now won three games in a row, but this time took a different approach to this game. Check out the last three games for the team.
- First Half: 20 points, 33.3 field-goal percentage
- Second Half: 47 points, 60.9 field-goal percentage
Previous 2 games
- First Half point: 44.5 points per game, 54.5 field-goal percentage
- Second Half: 36.0 points per game, 43.5 field-goal percentage