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 Kentucky - Ole Miss game this week was a little too close for Wildcats fans but UK pulled off another home win as it defeated the Rebels 80-64. Kentucky now leads the all-time series 101-13 including 51-2 in Lexington. Two of the stars of the game for big blue were the Harrison twins. Aaron Harrison had 16 points and six rebounds while Andrew Harrison had nine points and five assists. Aaron has been on a roll as of late. He has played nine SEC games this season and is averaging a respectful 13.4 points per game in those matchups. The last four of those conference games he has done even more.
- First 5 SEC games: 11.0 points/game, 41.2 field goal percentage, 33.3 3-point field goal, 77.8 free throw percentage
- Last 4 SEC games: 16.5 points/game, 51.2 field goal percentage, 40.0 3-point field goal, 94.1 free throw percentage
He is also not getting in foul trouble anymore. In his first five SEC games, he had four fouls in four out of the five games. In the last four games, he has four fouls combined.
Chris Walker made his Gators debut and Florida defeated Missouri 68-58 to improve to 9-0 in conference play. The 6-foot-10-inch freshman played just seven minutes but was part of two impressive alley-oops for four points. Scottie Wilbekin led the attack with 19 points on only two field goals (he was 13-of-16 from the free-throw line). Florida started sluggish and trailed by three at the half, but ended strong as you can tell by these stats.
- First Half: 39.1 field goal percentage, 9.1 3-point field goal percentage, 60.0 free throw percentage
- Second Half: 50.0 field goal percentage, 55.6 3-point field goal percentage, 78.3 free throw percentage
What a night Bobby Portis had for Arkansas in the 65-58 victory over Alabama. The freshman had a career-high 35 points (his previous high was 19). The rest of the Razorbacks scored just 30 and the second highest point total by the team was eight points by Alandise Harris. Portis was 14-of-17 shooting and also had nine rebounds and six blocked shots. Here are the last five players in the nation to have scored 35 or more points in a game while having at least five blocked shots. There is at least one other name you should recognize.
- Bobby Portis (Arkansas in 2014)
- Alan Williams (University California-Santa Barbara in 2013)
- Kyle O’Quinn (Norfolk State in 2011)
- Drake Reed (Austin Peay in 2009)
- Kevin Durant (Texas in 2007)
Vanderbilt squeaked by its in-state rival Tennessee 64-60 in Nashville. Rod Odom was clutch as he connected on two free throws with less than four seconds left. He finished with 26 points. It was the fourth straight win for Vanderbilt. The Commodores shot over 52 percent from the floor compared to the Vols 37.7. Kyle Fuller had his second career double-double with a 12-point, 10-assist performance. Since the 2000-01 season, a Vanderbilt player has recorded 10 assists in a game just six times. Two players have done it twice. Here are those players:
- Alex Gordon
- Mario Moore
- Brad Tinsley (twice)
- Kyle Fuller (twice)
All was grand for Chris Denson in the Auburn 79-74 win over South Carolina. The Tigers started the SEC season with six straight losses and now they have won their last three. Both Chris Denson and KT Harrell had 25 points in the victory. The 25 points gave Denson 1,013 career points. He becomes the 34th player in team history to reach the 1,000-point mark. Here is how he has reached that total.
- 303 2-point field goals
- 284 free throws
- 41 3-point field goals