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Tracking the trends: Top college hoops performances into February

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Jason Brickman is on pace to finish in the top four all-time in assists. (USATSI)
Jason Brickman is on pace to finish in the top four all-time in assists. (USATSI)

This is the third edition of tracking the trends in college basketball in regard to how teams and players are standing out. To see how things have changed since December and January, take a peek at those links.

Because there really isn't a spot out there on the sports Internet farm that highlights in-season college hoops leaders on one easy-to-digest page, here's who's done what of note among 351 teams, more than 4,200 players and through more than 80 percent of the regular season.

We'll have one more of these, with even more nuggets and notes, at the end of the season.

Enjoy, share, and feel free to alert me to any standout performances, trends, anything of note in the world of college hoops stats and standouts.

TEAMS

Undefeated teams remaining (previously at five):

  • Wichita State (27-0)
  • Syracuse (25-0)

Winless teams remaining (previously at one):

  • None; Cornell won its first game on Valentine's Day.

Unbeatens in order of RPI: Syracuse (3, up from 5), Wichita State (7, up from 12)
Unbeatens per of KenPom: Syracuse (5, same ranking as a montha go), WSU (11, up from 12)
Unbeatens per of Sagarin: Syracuse (9, same ranking a montha go), WSU (15, down from 14)

Most games played: UNC Wilmington (29)
Fewest games played: Louisiana-Monroe (20)

Highest offensive rating: Duke (126.4, up from 120.7)
Most points per game scored: Virginia Military Institute (89.6, down from 89.8)

Highest defensive rating: Arizona (86.5; previously leader was Ohio State at 85.1)
Fewest points per game allowed: Clemson (56.5, up from 53.3)

Fastest team in the country: Northwestern State (75.9 possessions per game)
Slowest team in the country: Miami (FL) (58.7, down from 60.4)

Fastest game of the season (non-overtime): 90 possessions (Northwestern State 105, Louisiana Lafayette 74 on Nov. 27)
Slowest game of the season: 48 possessions (Clemson 58, Delaware State 37 on Nov. 13)

Most turnovers forced: VCU (26.5 percent of opponents' possessions)
Fewest turnovers committed: Georgia State (12.4 percent)

Most steals in a game: VCU (22 against Virginia Tech on Dec. 21)

Most rebounds in a game: Michigan State and Cincinnati (each have had a 64-rebound game)

Most assists in a game: Iona (34 against Niagara on Jan. 4)

Best 2-point shooting team: American (56.9 percent)
Best 2-point defense: UC Irvine (40.2 percent)

Best 3-point shooting team: Creighton (42.3 percent)
Best 3-point defense: Clemson (27.2 percent)
*Side note: Creighton's 3-point percentage rate tops 10 teams' 2-point field goal percentage and is better than 71 teams' general field-goal percentage.

Best free-throw shooting team: Providence (78.8 percent)
Worst free-throw shooting team: Central Florida (60.0)

Highest scoring margin: Louisville (21.3)

Most points against a D-I team: 126 (Louisana Tech vs. Longwood on Jan. 4)
Fewest point allowed against a D-I team: 25 (Arizona vs. Washington State on Jan. 2)

Most fouls in a game: 44 (Marshall and Hampton have done it)
Fewest fouls: 6 (Liberty vs. Presbyterian on Jan. 25)

Most road games: Bethune-Cookman (17), Howard (17), Robert Morris (17)

Most home games: Seven with 17.

PLAYERS

Leading scorer: Creighton's Doug McDermott (25.9)

Most points per 100 possessions, adjusted: Duquesne's Micah Mason (157.3)

Most points in game: Texas Southern's Aaric Murray (48 at Temple on Dec. 18); Iowa State's Melvin Ejim (48 vs. TCU on Feb. 8); BYU's Tyler Haws (48 at Portland on Jan. 23)

Highest percentage of shots taken on a team: Savannah State's Deven Williams (39.8 percent)

Leading rebounder: Towson's Jerrelle Benimon (11.8)

Best offensive rebounder: Boise State's Ryan Watkins (20.4 offensive rebounding percentage)

Best defensive rebounder: Darmouth's Gabas Maldunas (32.2 percent, up from 31.8)

Most rebounds in a game: Gardner Webb's Tyrell Nelson (25 vs. VMI on Feb. 5)

Leading assister: LIU-Brooklyn's Jason Brickman (10.1 APG and tops with 53.6 percent assist rate)

Assist-to-turnover leader: Iowa State's Monte Morris (5.0-to-1; 55 assists to 11 turnovers)

Most assists in a game: Morehead State's Kareem Storey (16 vs. South Dakota on Dec. 19)

Leading block-shot men: Arizona State's Jordan Bachynski (4.6 per game), and Manhattan's Rhamel Brown (blocking nation's-best 16.74 percent of shots when he's on the floor)

Most blocks in a game: 11 (UC Irvine's Mamadou N'Diaye with 11 against Long Beach State on Feb. 6)

Leading stealer: VCU's Briante Weber (3.73)

Most steals in a game: Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart (9 vs. Utah Valley on Nov. 12)

Best from 3: Duquesne's Micah Mason (58.1 on 50-of-86 from deep)

Best from the foul line: South Carolina's Brenton Williams Zavier Turner (96.3 percent; 77 for 80)

Most minutes per game: Providence's Bryce Cotton (39.3)

Source for statistics: CBSSports.com, KenPom.com, BBState.com, NCAA.com.

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