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The week was not a good one for undefeated teams as Arizona, Duke, Michigan and Wyoming lost
With 347 Division I teams, following college basketball can be overwhelming. Let Athlon Sports start your college hoops week each Monday with a look at some of the most intriguing, most important and most interesting stats from around the sport:
4: Undefeated teams to fall since Wednesday
The fraternity of undefeated teams collapsed in a span of five days: Wyoming lost 63-61 to Boise State on Wednesday, Arizona lost 70-66 to Oregon on Thursday, Duke lost 84-76 to NC State on Saturday, and Michigan lost 56-53 to Ohio State on Sunday. With the exception of Wyoming, all suffered their first losses on the road.
7: Consecutive missed three-pointers from Michigan down the stretch
Michigan trailed by as many as 21 to Ohio State, but the Wolverines eroded the Buckeyes' lead throughout the second half until Glenn Robinson III hit a three-pointer in the final six minutes to tie the game at 46. That, however, was too good to last. Michigan missed its next seven three-pointers before, including a potential go-ahead shot from Trey Burke in the final 14 seconds that rimmed out. Michigan finished the game 6 of 20 from three-point range.
40: Points by Elston Turner against Kentucky in Rupp Arena
Johnny Manziel isn’t the only Aggie lighting up defending national champions in front of their own fans. Texas A&M guard Elston Turner scored 40 points on Kentucky at Rupp Arena in the Aggies’ 83-71 win. The outburst for Turner, whose previous career high was 26 points, handed John Calipari his first home SEC loss as Kentucky’s coach. Turner became the third opponent to score 40 points at Rupp Arena joining Navy’s David Robinson in 1987 and LSU’s Chris Jackson in 1990.
1-3: Duke’s record the last two seasons without Ryan Kelly
Other Duke players may receive more headlines, but Ryan Kelly has a case to be the Blue Devils most valuable player. Duke is 1-3 without its 6-foot-11 senior since the end of last season, the latest an 84-76 loss to NC State on Saturday with Kelly on the bench with a foot injury. The Wolfpack frontcourt flourished without Kelly in the lineup: C.J. Leslie finished with 25 points and six rebounds, Richard Howell had 16 points and 18 boards. Duke’s lineup was further depleted as forward Amile Jefferson and guards Tyler Thornton and Quinn Cook fouled out. Seth Curry, who hit key shots to keep Duke within striking distance in the second half suffered an ankle injury late in the game. Kelly’s return is uncertain, but Duke needs him back quickly. Last season without Kelly, Duke lost to Florida State in the ACC Tournament semifinals and to 15th-seeded Lehigh in the NCAA Tournament.
10: Starters scoring in double figures in Indiana’s 88-81 win over Minnesota
A strange sight for a game settled in regulation: Every starter in Indiana’s 88-81 win over Minnesota scored at least 11 points. The Hoosiers starting lineup alone went 27 of 45 from the field: Victor Oladipo (20 points, 8 of 10), Jordan Hulls (19 points, 4 of 8), Cody Zeller (18 points, 6 of 8), Christian Watford (15 points, 4 of 11) and Yogi Ferrell (13 points, 5 of 8). The Hoosiers’ bench, though, was a non-factor, going 0 of 8 from the floor with three points. The Gophers’ scorers, led by Andre Hollins’ 25 points, chipped away at a 23-point halftime deficit before coming up short.
41: Rebounds for North Carolina against Florida State
The Tar Heels avoided an 0-3 start in the ACC by dominating the glass in a 77-72 win over Florida State on Saturday. North Carolina grabbed 41 rebounds to Florida State’s 19, taking control on both sides of the court. The Tar Heels grabbed 19 offensive rebounds on their 31 missed field goals and 22 defensive rebounds on Florida State’s 26 missed field goals.
104: Big 12 games since Texas lost by 20 in a conference game
The Longhorns’ woes this season continued with an 82-62 loss at Iowa State on Saturday, Texas’ first 20-point loss in a Big 12 game since losing 81-60 to Oklahoma State on Feb. 10, 2006. Saturday’s loss to the Cyclones was Texas’ second 20-point loss of the season, joining a 64-41 defeat to Georgetown on Dec. 4. That 2005-06 Texas team also had two 20-point losses that season (a 31-point loss to Duke was the other), but that Longhorns team won 30 games and reached the Elite Eight. That seems unlikely for the 2012-13 squad, which is off to an 0-3 start in the Big 12.
5 of 38: Illinois from three-point range in two losses last week
Why have things gone sour for Illinois in the last week? The quick answer is three-point shooting. Illinois went 5 of 38 (13.2 percent) from long range in the 84-67 loss to Minnesota on Wednesday (3 of 24) and the 74-51 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday (2 of 14). Before the two losses, Illinois had been making 36.5 percent of its three-point shots.