College Basketball: 10 Best Single-Game Performances So Far in 2012-13
The first slice of the 2012-13 college basketball season has been served up, and we've already seen some amazing individual accomplishments.
We've had triple-double triumphs, shut-'em-down shot blocking and plenty of sizzling scorers.
Lets take a lightning-fast look at the 10 best single-game performances so far.
One of the reasons I love college hoops so much is that you have such a great cross section of established big names and some not-so-familiar rising stars. In this list, you'll get a good portion of both.
Note: All stats have been pulled from ESPN.com and are current as of Dec. 15.
10. Dee Davis (Xavier)
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Dee Davis has effectively stepped into the Musketeers' PG position that Tu Holloway vacated after last season.
He is both a consistent scorer (11.9 PPG) and capable facilitator (3.9 APG).
In Xavier’s opening game against Farleigh Dickenson, Davis was on fire, hitting 5-of-7 threes (8-of-11 from the floor).
The six-footer from Bloomington, IN., scored 22 points, grabbed four boards and dropped 15 dimes (12 in the first half) on FDU.
9. Andre Hollins (Minnesota)
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Minnesota’s sophomore guard Andre Hollins put on a shooting clinic the day after Thanksgiving against Memphis, scoring 41 points and knocking down 12-of-16 FGs, including all five of his shots from beyond the arc.
Hollins was also 12-of-13 from the charity stripe.
This was the most points scored by a Golden Gopher in 41 years.
8. Mike Muscala (Bucknell)
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Bucknell big man Mike Muscala is working hard to put himself onto NBA scouts’ radars. The 6’11” center is averaging a double-double (18.8 PPG and 11.4 RPG) and is blocking 2.2 shots per game.
While he spends a lot of time with his back to the basket, the Roseville, MN, native has a nice touch from outside and has even knocked down a couple threes this season (2-of-4). Bison opponents unquestionably can’t employ a “Maul-a-Muscala” tactic, because he is hitting over 83 percent of his FTs this season.
7. D.J. Seeley (Cal State Fullerton)
Seeley had one of this season’s most versatile outings when the Titans whupped up on Southern Utah 112-69.
How many times do you see any player score 32 points, grab four rebounds, dish seven assists and pinch seven steals?
If he keeps this up, they might start calling him “Swiss Army Knife” because he can do so many different things well.
6. Briante Weber (VCU)
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Virginia Commonwealth’s Briante Weber fits right into Shaka Smart’s style of hoops havoc. Weber is an exceptional on-ball defender whose relentless pressure drives opponents crazy.
During the 2012 NCAA tournament, Jay Bilas tweeted, “Best On-Ball Defender in NCAA: Aaron Craft, OSU and Briante Weber, VCU. Craft controls game on D, and Weber gets steals on and off ball.”
Weber is living up to Bilas’ props by starting his sophomore season with an unusual double-double. In the Rams' opening game, the 6’2 guard from Chesapeake, VA, scored 13 points and pinched 10 steals against Florida Gulf Coast in only 18 minutes. Blow your mind too? Wow!
Weber is the only player in the nation (so far in the 2012-13 season) to record a double-figure steal game.
5. Jordan Bachynski (Arizona State)
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Arizona State man-mountain Jordan Bachynski is going blocked-shot crazy this year. In the Sun Devils first nine games, the 7’2” Canadian has already thrown back more shots (52) than he did all last year. Impressive. He is currently second in the nation behind Kansas’ Jeff Withey in blocks per game (5.2 BPG).
Bachynski showed no mercy on Cal State Northridge last Saturday. He pulled off a rare triple-double, scoring 13 points, grabbing 12 boards and rejecting 12 Matador shots.
The triple-double was the first in ASU school history, and the dozen blocks were a school record.
4. Mason Plumlee (Duke)
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Mason Plumlee has apparently saved his best work for his senior year at Duke. And he's having big games in big games.
The 6’10” post player is averaging a double-double and leading the Blue Devils in scoring, rebounds and FG percentage.
Plumlee’s 21-point, 17-rebound rampage against then-No. 4 Ohio State was a strong statement to everyone who has called him “soft” in the past.
One of the most obvious improvements in Plumlee’s game is his new-found shooting touch from the line. Against the Buckeyes, he knocked down 9-of-12 of his freebies.
3. Matthew Dellavedova (St. Mary's)
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St. Mary’s Matthew Dellavedova definitely does not have a case of senioritis. He is elevating his game even further in his fourth and final year for the Gaels.
He is averaging 19.8 PPG, 3 RPG and 5.9 APG over SMC’s first nine games
Just this last week, the 6’4” Australian PG put up a game to remember against Jackson State, scoring 31 points, seizing six rebounds and dishing out eight dimes.
This was actually the second straight game where Dellavedova scored 31 points. A week earlier, he dropped the same on Drake in Des Moines. In these two games, he's connected on 10-of-13 shots from beyond the arc. Wow!
2. Jeff Withey (Kansas)
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Jeff Withey is one of the best interior defenders in CBB. Last year, the Jayhawks seven-footer had a breakout season and an even better NCAA tournament.
Opening the 2012-13 season, Withey is the nation's leader in blocked shots (5.6 BPG over the first eight games).
In an early-season game against San Jose State, he posted a triple-double (16 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocks)—the second in KU hoops history. The dozen rejections is a Jayhawks school record.
1. Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse)
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ESPN stated that Carter-Williams had “one of the most impressive statistical games in recent memory.” His 16 assists were “the third-highest in school history, behind only Sherman Douglas (22) and Pearl Washington (18).”
The 6’6” guard from Hamilton, MA, leads the nation in assists (10.4 APG in Syracuse’s first eight games) and is averaging 12.4 PPG.