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Krzyzewski-Boeheim matchup will be a statistically notable game Saturday
The weekend in college basketball ended with another coaching milestone for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, one he extended Monday with a victory over Pittsburgh.
Saturday, though, will be perhaps just as notable. The first meeting between Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim since the 1998 NCAA regional semifinal will pit two coaches with at least 900 wins at their current schools, and both teams have national title aspirations.
When the two last faced each other Krzyzewski sat on 431 wins at Duke (and added one with a win over Syracuse) while Boeheim had 528 at Syracuse.
The career numbers lead our top stats this week, but other coaches, playeres and teams had key notables.
10 Key Stats from the Week in College Basketball
1,840. Combined wins at Duke and Syracuse for Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim
Krzyzewski and Boeheim have long been members of the 900-win club, but with Duke’s win over Florida State on Saturday, now both coaches have won 900 games at their current schools, the first meeting between two coaches who won 900 games at their current schools (Syracuse’s game at Duke on Feb. 22 also will be the Orange’s first game at Cameron Indoor). The two coaches haven’t faced each other since the Sweet 16 in 1998.
679. Wins for Rick Byrd at Belmont, the next most for an active coach at his current school
To put the 900 wins at a single school in perspective, the next active coach has a long way to go to catch up to Krzyzewski and Boeheim. Belmont’s Rick Byrd has 679 wins with the Bruins, who were the NAIA when he started in 1986. The next active coach with the most wins at a program that has been in NCAA Division I through the entirety of his tenure is Davidson’s Bob McKillop with 462 victories. Here are the complete leaders:
Active coaches, most wins at current school
939 Jim Boeheim, Syracuse
901 Mike Krzyzewski, Duke
679 Rick Byrd, Belmont*
512 Greg Kampe, Oakland*
462 Bob McKillop, Davidson
457 Tom Izzo, Michigan State
432 Billy Donovan, Florida
*part of his tenure was before school joined NCAA Division I
122.9. Michigan’s offensive efficiency rating this season on KenPom
Is it possible that Michigan’s offense is better this season without Trey Burke and, effectively, Mitch McGary? The Wolverines’ efficiency numbers say yes. Michigan’s offensive rating on KenPom is more than two points higher this season than last year: 123.0 compared to 120.3 in 2012-13. Think of that as 122.9 points per 100 possessions adjusted for the schedule. Michigan’s efficiency rating in Big Ten play is up from 112.3 last season to 119.2 this year. The Wolverines’ effective field goal rate is up from 54.6 percent to 56.2.
7. SEC opponents Florida has held to fewer than 50 points in the last two seasons
The mix of Florida’s defensive prowess and the lack of depth in the SEC has been a bad combination for competitive balance in the league. The Gators beat Tennessee 67-41 on Saturday for the seventh game in the last two seasons in which Florida held an SEC opponent to fewer than 50 points. Here’s the breakdown of points scored against Florida since 2012-13 in SEC play, including the conference tournament:
Opponent scoring in Florida's SEC games since 2012-13 (Florida's record)
49 or fewer: 7 (7-0)
50-59 points: 11 (11-0)
60-69 points: 7 (4-3)
70 or more: 2 (1-1)
3. Consecutive games with 20 second-chance points for Duke
Another Duke number and one that doesn’t totally involve Jabari Parker — though he set a Blue Devils’ freshman record with his 12th 20-point game of the season Monday. Duke’s offensive rebounding has been a showcase in the last three games, contributing to 20 second-chance points in a game for the third consecutive time. The Blue Devils outscored Miami, Florida State and Pittsburgh 71-24 combined on second-chance points in the last three games.
42.6. Minutes per game in Big East play for Providence’s Bryce Cotton
Let that one sink in for a minute, since Providence started Big East play, the Friars’ leading scorer is averaging more than a game played in each conference game. Providence played two double overtime games in conference play against Seton Hall and St. John’s, but Cotton also played 40 minutes in four league games. Providence clearly needs him on the court as Cotton has contributed to 91 of the Friars’ field goals this season either by scoring himself or through an assist.
3. Consecutive overtime games for Marquette
No question, this has been a long season for Marquette, but lately that’s literal rather than figurative. The Golden Eagles have played three consecutive overtime games against Butler, Georgetown and Villanova, losing to the Bulldogs and Wildcats and defeating the Hoyas. The record is four consecutive overtime games held by 1982 Jacksonville (3-1), 1985 Illinois (3-1) and 1988 Dayton (1-3). If there’s a chance Marquette’s streak can continue, the Golden Eagles will face the right opponent Thursday in Providence. The Friars have played four overtime games this season, the last two settled in double overtime.
5. Different leading scorers in the last five games for UCLA
If balance is what you like, try UCLA. Five different players have led the Bruins in scoring in the last five games: David Wear (18 points against Cal), Tony Parker (22 against Stanford), Kyle Anderson (28 against Utah), Norman Powell (19 against Colorado) and Zach LaVine (19 against Arizona State). Oddly enough, the Bruins’ leading scorer, Jordan Adams, hasn't led the team since Dec. 14 against Prairie View.
7. Big 12 teams in the top 25 this season, most for any conference
When Texas ended a two-season drought from the AP rankings this week, the Longhorns became the seventh Big 12 team to land in the top 25, the most for any conference this year. The seven ranked teams from the Big 12 (all but TCU, Texas Tech and West Virginia) is more than double the representation for the Big East and SEC this season (three each). The ACC and Big Ten have had six teams each ranked the season. In this week’s poll, the Big 12 has No. 6 Kansas, No. 8 Oklahoma State, No. 16 Iowa State, No. 23 Oklahoma and No. 25 Texas.
12. Double-digit rebound games for Ryan Spangler at Oklahoma
Ryan Spangler was going to have a tough time cracking the rotation at Gonzaga with Sam Dower and Przemek Karnowski, and Oklahoma offered him a chance to return to his home state. It’s tough to argue he made the right decision. He’s told reporters he has no hard feelings for Gonzaga, but we’ll throw out this stat anyway: With 17 rebounds in the 88-76 win over Oklahoma State on Monday, Spangler has 12 games this season with double-digit rebounds. Gonzaga players have hit double-figure boards seven times this season.