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Numbers To Know: Burke's sterling night

November, 28, 2012
Player of the Night – Trey Burke
Burke notched his first career double-double with 18 points and 11 assists in Michigan’s 79-72 win over NC State. Throw in zero turnovers, and Burke’s night looks even more impressive.

He’s the first player with at least 18 points and 10 assists in a zero turnover game against a ranked opponent since Marquette’s Travis Diener against Arizona in 2003.

Freshman of the Night – Nik Stauskas
Stauskas was on the receiving end of Burke’s generosity. The freshman chipped in 20 points off the bench for Michigan. That’s the most points by a Michigan reserve since Stu Douglass in 2009.

Stauskas joins Purdue’s A.J. Hammons as the only Big Ten freshmen to score 20 points off the bench this season.

Scorer of the Night - Omar Strong
Coming into the game averaging 8.7 ppg, Strong’s career-high 39 points were almost enough to lift Texas Southern over Colorado, but the Buffalos prevailed 85-80 in double overtime.

Strong went 9-for-21 from 3-point range. That’s the most 3s attempted against a ranked team in at least the past 15 seasons. The last player to hit nine 3s and score 39 points against a ranked foe was Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks in his 54-point game against Tennessee in 2009.

Stat Sheet Stuffer – Jordan Hulls
Hulls had 13 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in Indiana’s 83-59 dismantling of North Carolina. He’s just the third Hoosier in the past 15 seasons to reach all three of those totals in a game, joining Earl Calloway and Tom Coverdale (twice).

In all seven games this season, Hulls has hit at least three 3s, while connecting on at least half of his attempts from long distance.

Breakout Performance of the Night – Andre Almeida
At 6-11, 314 pounds, it’s tough to imagine Almeida staying under the radar. After Tuesday’s performance, the Brazilian will be noticed for more than just his size.

Almeida finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in Nebraska’s 79-63 win at Wake Forest. The last Big Ten player with a 20-10 game in which he shot 90 percent from the field was Iowa’s Cyrus Tate in 2009. Before that it was Raymar Morgan and Greg Oden.

Wolverines faster, smarter early in season

November, 27, 2012
Joe Camporeale/US PresswireJohn Beilein has his team playing a different style than it did in year's past.
(No. 3 Michigan hosts No. 18 North Carolina State, Tuesday at 7:30 ET on ESPN.)

The Michigan Wolverines are playing like a legitimate Final Four contender, their impressive play a result of two key factors: efficient offense and much-improved rebounding.

The Wolverines are among the most efficient offenses this season, averaging 124.5 points per 100 possessions. That’s the fourth-highest in the country.

Only Indiana, Ohio State and Pittsburgh have been more efficient.

Michigan’s offense has been so prolific because the Wolverines are adding a lot of easy baskets in transition. Twenty-five percent of their points have come in transition, and they’re shooting 70 percent on those plays.

The Wolverines have done so playing at a higher pace than they ever have under head coach John Beilein, averaging 65 possessions per 40 minutes this season, three more than last season.

With a faster pace and more transition opportunities, the Wolverines have to rely less on executing in the half-court.

When they do have to execute in the half-court, the Wolverines have been terrific against man-to-man defenses. In fact, they have the most efficient man offense in the country, averaging more than a point per play and shooting 54 percent.

Beilein’s Offense Getting Better & Better
Michigan’s man offense has been so efficient because the Wolverines are getting to the basket more and settling for four fewer jump shots per game than they did last season.

After averaging 97 points per 100 possessions in Beilein’s first season on campus, which ranked in the bottom third of the country, the Wolverines are playing a much faster game and their offensive efficiency has improved each of the last three seasons as noted in the chart on the right.

Improved Rebounding
Michigan ranked outside the top 200 in rebound percentage in each of Beilein’s first five seasons, but is grabbing 57 percent of the available rebounds this season. That’s the 24th-highest percentage in the country.

One reason for the improvement is the boost the Wolverines are getting from their freshmen.

Mitch McGary ranks fifth nationally in offensive rebound percentage and 40th in defensive rebound percentage.

He and Glenn Robinson III are the team’s best two rebounders per 40 minutes of Wolverines with at least 25 minutes this season.

McGary averages 17.3 rebounds per 40 minutes, second-most in the country among players with at least 60 minutes (Maryland’s Charles Mitchell averages 17.5).

The Wolverines have already passed their first two major tests against Pittsburgh and Kansas State. If they can pass their one against North Carolina State on Tuesday, then there’s a great chance the Wolverines will enter Big Ten play undefeated.

Denard Robinson continues to pile up big numbers

September, 13, 2012
1. Matt Barkley has thrown 119 consecutive passes against five or more pass-rushers without an interception -- a streak that dates to Sept. 24 of last season. During that time, Barkley has thrown 18 touchdowns when opponents blitz, including four games with at least three touchdown passes. The first of those four games was against Stanford last year in Week 7, Barkley's second career three-touchdown game against the Cardinal blitz. Overall, Barkley has thrown 37 touchdowns and three interceptions against blitzes since the start of his sophomore season.

2. UL Monroe faces Auburn on Saturday after pulling off a stunning upset of Arkansas last week. In the process, the Warhawks can achieve something that hasn't been done in 24 years. The last team not currently in a BCS-AQ conference to beat SEC opponents in consecutive games was Tulane in 1988. In 1988, the Green Wave beat Ole Miss on Nov. 5 and then knocked off Mississippi State. Memphis pulled off a similar feat just a few weeks earlier in 1988, beating Mississippi State and Florida in consecutive games.

3. Alabama begins its SEC slate this week at Arkansas. On the field, Alabama has won 20 straight SEC openers, with its last loss coming in 1991 to Florida. (Note: Some of those games have since been vacated or forfeited.) How impressive is that? Not only is it the longest current win streak in conference openers, but it beats the next highest by eight. Boise State has won 12 straight conference openers dating to 2000, accomplishing that in three different conferences. The Broncos open their 2012 conference schedule on Sept. 29 at New Mexico.

4. Last week against Air Force, Denard Robinson had more total yards (426) than the entire Michigan team (422). One big reason for this was Robinson’s 218 rushing yards. The remainder of the team had minus-4. While this seems like it would be a rarity, it isn’t. In fact, he wasn’t even the only player to accomplish this last week (Temple’s Chris Coyer). Since 2004, it’s happened 25 times, and the only player to do it twice over that stretch? Indiana’s Kellen Lewis in 2007.

5. Michigan State soared into the AP Top 10 this week, and that could be bad news for its opponent this week. Notre Dame has lost nine straight games against AP Top 10 teams by an average of more than 15 points per game. The last time the Fighting Irish beat a team in the top 10 was 2005, when they knocked off No. 3 Michigan. The nine-game losing streak is the longest in Notre Dame history. The previous longest was seven games spanning 1984-86.

Designed running plays get Robinson loose

September, 11, 2012
In order to win a Heisman Trophy, candidates must find a way to separate themselves from the competition. One amazing performance can vault a player into the national spotlight, and one bad game can end a player’s Heisman aspirations.

In Week 2, there were several outstanding performances by potential Heisman Trophy candidates, led once again by USC’s senior quarterback.

Matt Barkley had 187 yards passing and threw a school-record six touchdowns in USC’s 42-29 victory over Syracuse.

Barkley became the first FBS quarterback in the last 12 seasons to throw at least six touchdown passes with less than 200 yards passing in a game. Barkley has 20 touchdown passes in his last four games, six more than any other player in FBS during that span. He kept his passes short in a stormy MetLife Stadium, averaging a career-low 3.7 air yards per attempt. USC’s receivers turned these short passes into big gains with 137 yards coming after the catch -- the 10th straight game that the Trojans gained 100 yards after the catch.

With his play the first two weeks of this season, UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin has vaulted himself into the Heisman discussion.

Franklin had 217 rushing yards on 26 attempts in the Bruins’ 36-30 upset of Nebraska. It was his second consecutive 200-yard rushing game and third of his career. Franklin’s 215.5 rushing yards per game leads FBS this season. In fact, he’s averaging more than 90 teams. Franklin leads FBS with six runs that gained 20 yards or more, and is one of two players with two touchdown runs of at least 60 yards.

Ohio State’s Braxton Miller accounted for a career-high four touchdowns (three rushing, one passing) and 296 yards in Ohio State’s 31-16 win against UCF. Miller gained 141 yards on the ground, his second-straight 100-yard game and seventh of his career. Only Terrelle Pryor has more 100-yard games rushing than Miller among Ohio State quarterbacks. Miller gained a career-high 106 rushing yards inside the tackles, including two touchdowns. After averaging 4.6 yards per rush between the tackles last season, Miller is averaging 7.2 yards in 2012.

After being kept in check by Alabama, Denard Robinson was back to making plays with his arm and his legs.

In Michigan’s 31-25 win over Air Force, he completed 14-of-25 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, he had 20 carries for 218 yards and two more touchdowns. It was his third career game with at least 200 rushing yards and at least 200 passing yards, the most among all FBS players since 2000. Robinson gained 211 of his 218 rushing yards on 19 designed-running plays. During Michigan’s Week 1 loss to Alabama, the Wolverines called only six designed-running plays for Robinson, who gained 25 yards.


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