Ranking the 10 Most Outrageous Stats in College Basketball History
Every year, college basketball churns out great action from the beginning to the end of the season.
In some of those games, records are broken and legends are made.
Here is a list the 10 most outrageous stats in college basketball history.
Some were achieved by individuals. The rest were reached by groups or teams.
All of them will leave you counting the days until your team’s first game of the 2013-14 season.
10. Points Scored in First Collegiate Game
Everyone that had any college basketball awareness in the 1960s knew that Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) was going to be a superstar even before he played his first game at UCLA.
Alcindor erased any possible uncertainties in his varsity debut against USC on December 3, 1966.
The 7’2” sensation scored 56 points against the Bruins’ cross-town rivals, setting the stage for the most prolific collegiate hoops career of all time.
Before he graduated from UCLA in the spring of 1969, Alcindor helped legendary head coach John Wooden win three straight NCAA championships.
9. Games Scoring at Least 50 Points in a Season by an Individual Player
Pete Maravich was the greatest scorer in NCAA basketball history.
He not only scored the most points (3,667) over his three-year varsity career at LSU, but he also has the three highest scoring individual seasons (44.5: 1969-70; 44.2: 1968-69; 43.8: 1967-68) of all time.
It is rare for any player of any era to tally 50 points in a single game.
Maravich was not just “any player.”
During his senior season in Baton Rouge, Pistol Pete put up at least half-a-hundred in 10 of the Tigers 31 games.
In one of those games, Oregon State tried to slow him down by fouling him and hoping he missed his free throws. Maravich responded by hitting a record 30 of 31 free throws.
He torched Alabama for 69 points, his high game for his senior season.
8. Consecutive Three-Point Field Goals Made
There are some games when the ball just seems to automatically find the bottom of the net.
Ohio State had one of those afternoons against Wisconsin on March 6, 2011.
After sharpshooter Jon Diebler missed the Buckeyes’ first three-point attempt, they did not miss another shot from beyond the arc the rest of the day.
In fact, as a team, they hit 14 in a row, which is the NCAA record for consecutive made three-point field goals.
Diebler ended the game shooting 7-of-8 from downtown.
William Buford knocked down all three of his threes, and David Lighty lit up two more.
7. Only Quadruple-Double in NCAA History
Lester Hudson was a super-productive guard that averaged 26.6 PPG, 7.9 RPG and 4.4 APG in his two years at Tennessee-Martin.
But what sets him apart from every other collegiate player is that Hudson pulled off the only quadruple-double in NCAA history.
On November 13, 2007 against Central Baptist College, he scored 25 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, handed out 10 assists and nabbed 10 steals.
Triple-doubles are uncommon enough in college basketball, but a quadruple-double...forget about it!
6. Most Steals in a Game by Both Teams
When Oklahoma and Centenary (LA) squared off on December 12, 1987, most college basketball fans thought that this would be a total blowout.
And, they were right. The Sooners won 152-84.
But the most memorable part of this one-sided affair was not the number of points on the board. The unforgettable facet was the number of steals that these mismatched opponents nabbed.
During the course of this game, the two teams combined for 44 steals, the all-time NCAA record. Oklahoma swiped 34 steals and Centenary pinched 10 of their own.
OU's Mookie Blaylock led the way with his own NCAA individual record 13 steals.
5. Deficit Overcome with Less Than 20 Seconds on the Clock to Win Game
Is it ever too late to make a comeback in a college basketball game?
If you ask Lon Kruger and the 2004-05 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, they would probably say “No.”
On February 12, 2005 in a game against San Diego State in his first year at UNLV, Kruger’s squad found themselves down 10 points (81-71) with 19 seconds to play in regulation.
Odarty Blankson scored on a put back with 17.8 seconds to go.
Just 4.2 seconds later, Blankson was fouled taking a shot from beyond the arc. He made all three free throws.
After SDSU missed two free throws, UNLV’s Jerel Blassingame nailed a three with 7.6 seconds on the clock.
After SDSU made one of two free throws, Curtis Terry hit an off-balance three at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
The Rebels not only tied the game up and sent it into overtime, but ended up beating the Aztecs 93-91 after playing the bonus period.
4. Biggest Lead Before Opponent Scores at Start of a Game
When playing a top-quality opponent, it is important for a small school to stay as close as possible early in the game.
You don’t want to let things get out of control too early.
Kean University must have forgotten this little tidbit of college hoops advice when they went up against Seton Hall on November 29, 1998.
To say that the KU Cougars were a little slow getting going is a huge understatement.
Tommy Amaker's Seton Hall Pirates scored the first 34 points of the game before the D-3 school from Union, New Jersey knew what hit them.
A 34-0 run at any point of a game would be demoralizing, but to start off a game like this must have been absolutely devastating for head coach Bruce Hamburger and his over-matched team.
3. Shortest Playing Time Before Fouling out
College basketball players foul out of games all the time.
It is not rare even for someone who was not in the starting five to get whistled for five fouls and be disqualified from the game.
But Ben Wardrop of San Diego State accomplished this feat faster than any other player in NCAA history.
In a game during his fifth-year senior season against Colorado State, Wardrop fouled out of the game after playing a total of one minute and 11 seconds.
It is hard to imagine that any D-1 player could pull off such an achievement in just 71 seconds.
2. Fewest Points Scored by Both Teams in a Half
When Duke and North Carolina square off, college basketball fans are usually treated to an aggressive battle between two of the top rivals of all time.
The contest between the Blue Devils and Tar Heels that took place on Feb. 24, 1979 was a little different than most of these clashes.
In order to slow down Duke’s high-octane attack, UNC’s Dean Smith decided to hold the ball. Remember, NCAA men’s basketball did not use a shot clock until 1985.
This was not about Carolina being patient. This was about them trying to keep the ball for as long as they possibly could.
The good news: Smith’s strategy succeeded in holding Duke to seven first half points.
The bad news: The Tar Heels did not score a single point in the first 20 minutes of this game.
The score at intermission? 7-0.
Ironically, the two teams played evenly in the second half. The Blue Devils went on to win the game 47-40.
1. Points Per Game Scored by a Team for a Season
No other team in NCAA history could fill it up like the 1989-90 Loyola Marymount Lions.
Over their 32 game schedule, LMU (26-6) averaged 122.4 points per game.
That’s right...122.4 PPG!
Paul Westhead’s squad scored less than 100 only four times, and they scored 130 points or more 12 times.
Bo Kimble led LMU in scoring, averaging a gaudy 35.3 PPG. Hank Gathers put up 29.0 PPG before passing away in the middle of a game on March 4, 1990.
After Gathers traumatic death, not many people on the national level took the Lions seriously.
They entered March Madness as an 11 seed, but that did not stop them from making a miracle run all the way to the Elite Eight.