Jimmer Fredette, Marshon Brooks and College Hoops' Top 10 Ballers of The Day
Even with most of the sports world's attention on tomorrow's Super Bowl match-up between the Steelers and Packers (Prediction: Steelers by 3), there was plenty of quality College Hoops action today (Feb. 5).
Loads of season-high and career-high scoring performances...One player became his conference's all-time leading scorer (Hint: His first name rhymes with "slimmer.")
Let's jump in and take a fast-and-furious view of today's best collegiate action:
Nolan Smith: Duke Blue Devils
Nolan Smith scored 18 of his 20 points in the first half as Duke cruised past faltering North Carolina State, 76-52.
The senior guard also grabbed six rebounds and handed out seven assists.
Smith is on pace to become the first player in ACC history to lead the league in scoring and assists.
Duke, 21-2 overall and 8-1 in conference play, has regained control of first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Michael Thompson: Northwestern Wildcats
Senior guard Michael Thompson was deadly today.
The 5'10 floor leader hit five-of-eight shots from beyond the arc, on his way to scoring 22 points, as Northwestern upset Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, 71-70.
Thompson has scored in double figures in all but one of the Wildcats' 11 Big Ten games so far this season.
This win elevates Northwestern's record to 14-8 and 4-7 in conference play.
Kevin Parrom: Arizona Wildcats
Kevin Parrom scored five of his career-best 25 points in the third overtime period for Arizona in their road victory against Cal, 107-105.
Parrom shot 9-for-12 from the field, including three-for-five from beyond the arc. He also hit four of his five free throws, grabbed 6 rebounds and handed out six assists.
Last year, as a freshman, Parrom never scored above 10 points. This year, the 6'6" sophomore wing has had seven double-figure games, with a previous high-game of 20 at Oregon in this year's Pac-10 opener.
Arizona (20-4, 9-2) leads the Pac-10 by a game and a half over second-place UCLA.
Perry Jones III: Baylor Bears
Fab freshman forward Perry Jones III scored a season/career-high 27 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lift the Baylor Bears on the road past Texas A&M, 76-74.
Jones shot 9-for-16 from the floor and hit all nine of his free throws.
The 6'10 forward has scored 20 points or more six times this season.
The win was important for the Bears who, at 15-7, need to put together a strong stretch-run leading into the Big 12 tournament in order to secure a bid to the NCAA tournament.
Lamont Jones: Arizona Wildcats
Sometimes the guy who sets everyone else us needs to step up and hit some shots.
That's just what Arizona sophomore guard Lamont "MoMo" Jones did.
Jones scored a career-high 27 points in the Wildcats' fifth straight win and eighth in nine games
MoMo hit a go-ahead lay-in with 1:03 left in the third overtime and also had a tying 3-pointer with 5 seconds to go in the second OT and the tying three-point play late in regulation.
Like his teammate, Kevin Parrom, Jones had never scored above 20 points in a single college game before tonight.
Scootie Randall: Temple Owls
Scootie Randall scored 27 points as Temple defeated Rhode Island 80-67 Saturday afternoon for its fourth straight win.
The 6'6" junior forward was 10-for-13 from the floor, including a sizzling six-for-nine from beyond the arc.
Today's win was the Owls' 18th straight home victory, and it helped Temple stay in a third-place tie (with Richmond) in A-10 play.
Randall has only one other game this season where he scored at least 20 points. He scored 28 points in an earlier loss against Xavier.
Jeff Allen: Virginia Tech
Senior forward Jeff Allen had a big day, but not quite big enough.
Allen had 25 points and 19 rebounds.
The loss creates a challenge for Virginia Tech to stay in the ACC hunt, moving their record to15-7 overall, and 5-4 in conference play.
This was Allen's 12th double-double of the season, with hitting those marks for the fourth game in a row.
Jordan Williams: Maryland Terrapins
When Jordan Williams is playing like he did today, there's not much Maryland's opponents can do.
The 6'10 sophomore forward scored 27 points and pulled down 15 rebounds as the Terrapins kept their conference hopes alive by dominating Wake Forest at home, 91-70
Maryland is now 15-8 overall and 5-4 in ACC play.
Today's performance gives Williams 20 double-doubles this season in 23 games. This was the fifth time that he has grabbed 15 rebounds in a single game.
Marshon Brooks: Providence Friars
Even though the Friars came up short in their attempt to upset Georgetown today (83-81), senior guard Marshon Brooks came up with a monster game on the road.
Brooks scored 43 points on 17-of-28 shooting from the field and seven of ten from the free throw line.
Brooks also pulled down eight rebounds as Providence moved to 14-10 on the season (3-8 in the Big East).
Going into today's game, Brooks was the No. 6 scorer in the nation, averaging 23.3 ppg. This game will raise his average to 24.1, which should move him up to third or fourth place in the country.
Jimmer Fredette: BYU Cougars
The nation's leading scorer, Jimmer Fredette, scored 29 points to help BYU take down UNLV, 78-64.
With his points scored today, Fredette became the Mountain West Conference career scoring leader, breaking the mark of 2,189 points set by San Diego State's Brandon Heath in 2007. Fredette now has 2,194.
Fredette was a perfect 16-for-16 from the free throw line, tying his season-high of 16 made free throws against Colorado State two weeks ago.
Fredette was colder than usual from beyond the arc, making only one-of-five against the Rebels.
The 6'2" guard also handed out 7 assists in this home game.
BYU is currently 22-2 overall and 8-1 in Mountain West play.