1. Which team is leading the country in eFG%? Indiana? Pitt? Missouri? Nope, it’s Creighton. On Sunday they reeled off their 7th straight win, this time over Nebraska. They also have wins over Iowa and San Diego State. And prior to conference play they still have St Joe’s, Tulsa and Northwestern. Come March this team is going to be tested and dangerous.
Doug McDermott was the star (as usual) against the Cornhuskers, which gives him three straight double-doubles during which he’s made 62% of his 2s, 57% of his 3s and 76.9% of his FTs.
2. American University opened the season with a 4-point loss to a very good Richmond team, and an overtime loss to a bad Maryland Eastern Shore. Since then they’ve won seven straight including Sunday’s win against St Joe’s. Senior Charles Hinkle – who sat on the bench for two seasons at Vanderbilt, and last year at American – is leading the way, averaging 23.4 ppg. Against St Joe’s he made 5-9 3s and led all scorers with 32. Lehigh and Bucknell might be the favorites in the Patriot League, but watch out for the Eagles. They now own the best out of conference win for any Patriot League team.
3. There’s no shame in losing to Wichita State, but getting blown out certainly isn’t what UNLV was looking for. Since defeating North Carolina the Rebels needed double-overtime to put down UC Santa Barbara, and now lost to the Shockers. Wichita State scored 89 points in 60 possessions, a remarkable 1.48 per trip (the most Wichita State has scored since December 17, 2006). Joe Ragland scored 31 points on just 12 shots. The two games since Carolina are the only two that UNLV has given up more than 1.0 per possession.
4. The Ole Miss Rebels continue to escape. After giving up a 16 point lead against Miami (winning in OT) and a 15 point lead against Depaul (winning at the buzzer), they used a 12-5 to close out Penn State on Sunday, winning 72-70. Murphy Holloway had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Jarvis Summers scored 27. Tim Frazier had 17 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds for Penn State.
5. NC State let a 12 point 2nd half lead slip away against Stanford, and lost the opportunity for a signature out of conference win to pair with their win over Texas. With losses to Vanderbilt, Indiana and Stanford, only Syracuse remains on the ooc schedule.