The 5 College Basketball Records Most Likely to Be Broken in 2013-14 Season
Records were made to be broken... unless Pete Maravich set that record.
Check the NCAA's record book, search Maravich and do the math. No one is ever going to break Maravich's scoring records. The man averaged 44.2 points per game for his ENTIRE CAREER.
Next season could be time to re-write a few other chapters of the NCAA record book. There are five records in serious jeopardy of being broken. Some will get headlines. A few could go relatively unnoticed. And Maravich will rest easy in basketball heaven.
Record: Three-Pointers Made
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Record-holder: J.J. Redick, Duke (2003-06)
Record-chaser: Travis Bader, Oakland
Bader has made 357 for his career, and he needs only 101 to set the record.
So long as Bader can avoid injury, Redick can kiss his record goodbye. Bader made 139 threes last year and 124 as a sophomore.
Record: Victories over a Two-Year Period
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Record-holder: Montana State (1928-29)
The 1972 Miami Dolphins have nothing on Montana State basketball of the late 1920s. Those Bobcats have seen a lot of teams chase their record and no one has yet to get to 71.
The Cardinals would need 37 wins next season to tie the record. Louisville's schedule is not out yet, but this seems plausible. The Cardinals get to play next season in the watered-down version of the old Big East—now the American Athletic Conference—and they return a team that is considered a title contender.
A great regular season combined with another tournament run could see Rick Pitino's team chase down the Bobcats.
Almost within reach is the most wins over a three-year period, a record that Pitino helped set. The 1996-1998 Wildcats won 104 games. Louisville has 65 wins over the last two years and would need 39 to tie Kentucky's record.
Record: Games Scoring in Double Figures
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Record-holder: Danny Manning, Kansas (1985-88)
Record-chaser: Doug McDermott, Creighton
McDermott has scored in double figures in 101 out of 110 games in his career. In the last two seasons, he has reached double figures in 69 out of 71 games.
If there's a sliver of hope for Manning, it's that Creighton joins the new Big East and McDermott will be facing some stiffer competition. But it's hard to bet against Dougie McBuckets on this one.
Record: Consecutive Games Making a Three-Pointer
Record-holder: Cory Bradford, Illinois (Nov. 10, 1998 to Feb. 10, 2001)
Record: 88 games
Record-chaser: Travis Bader, Oakland
Bader has made a three in 53 straight games dating back to his sophomore season, so he needs a three in his next 26 games to break the record and potentially own two NCAA records.
Ole Miss senior Marshall Henderson also has a chance but will probably run out of games. Henderson made a three in all 36 games last season and also made a three in his final two games in 2010 for Utah.
So Henderson would need to play 40 games to tie Bradford's record. His best bet is Ole Miss making it to the postseason NIT and getting to the championship.
Record: Lowest Field-Goal Percentage Allowed
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Record-holder: Stanford (2000)
Record: 35.2 percent
The Orange ranked third nationally in field-goal percentage defense this past season at 36.9 percent. There are a few reasons to believe Jim Boeheim's zone could set the record this coming season.
- During the NCAA tournament, Syracuse held opponents to 31.2 percent shooting.
- Syracuse returns its five best shot-blockers. The Orange led the nation in block percentage, swatting 19.3 percent of opponents' two-point attempts (per KenPom.com—subscription needed).
- Most ACC teams will be playing Syracuse's zone for the first time. It will also be the first time playing in the Carrier Dome for a lot of those players.
Opponent unfamiliarty + shot-blockers returning = low shooting percentages.