Tracking the trends: Standouts in college hoops two months in

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Exactly a month ago I posted on the trends and statistical leaders in a bevy of categories for both players and teams. 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, and I got good feedback on it, so here's your second update on the best of the best through 350 teams and more than 4,200 players.

We'll have another one of these posts in early February, early March and a final recap of the highs and lows of the season after the confetti is swept off the Final Four floor. 

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.


Undefeated teams remaining (previously at 15):

  • Wichita State (16-0)
  • Wisconsin (16-0)
  • Arizona (15-0)
  • Syracuse (15-0)
  • Iowa State (14-0)

Winless teams remaining (previously at four):

  • Cornell (0-13)

Unbeaten teams in order of RPI: Wisconsin (1), Iowa State (3), Syracuse (5), Arizona (10), Wichita State (12)
Unbeaten teams in order of KenPom: Arizona (2), Wisconsin (3), Syracuse (5), Iowa State (11), Wichita State (12)
Unbeaten teams in order of Sagarin: Arizona (1), Iowa State (3), Wisconsin (4), Syracuse (9), Wichita State (14)

Composite order of the three major ranking systems: Wisconsin (2.6), Arizona (4.3), Iowa State (5.6), Syracuse (6.3), Wichita State (12.6)

Most games played: Jacksonville State (18), Tennessee-Martin (18), Oakland (18), Youngstown State (18)
Fewest games played: New Orleans (10), Weber State (10)

Highest offensive rating: Duke (120.7)
Most points per game scored: Virginia Military Institute (89.8)

Highest defensive rating: Ohio State (85.1)
Fewest points per game allowed: Clemson (53.3)

Fastest team in the country: BYU (77.6 possessions per game)
Slowest team in the country: Miami (FL) (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 (28.6 percent of opponents' possessions)
Fewest turnovers committed: Georgia State (12.5 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: Utah (59 percent)
Best 2-point defense: SMU (38.5)

Best 3-point shooting team: Bucknell (44 percent)
Best 3-point defense: Clemson (24.5 percent)

Best free-throw shooting team: Incarnate Word (84.2 percent)
Worst free-throw shooting team: Central Arkansas (57.5)

Highest scoring margin: Utah (24.3)

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 in a 102-94 overtime loss to Morehead State on Nov. 17)
Fewest fouls: Four teams with 7

Most road games: Bethune-Cookman (13), Howard (11), Robert Morris (11)

Team yet to play a home game: Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Most home games: Ohio State (12), Notre Dame (12)


Leading scorer: Niagara's Antoine Mason (28.7)

Most points per 100 possessions, adjusted: Boise State's Jeff Elorrigia (155.0)

Most points in game: Texas Southern's Aaric Murray (48 at Temple on Dec. 18)

Highest percentage of shots taken on a team: Santa Barbara's Alan Williams (39.5 percent)

Leading rebounder: UNLV's Roscoe Smith (12.8)

Best offensive rebounder: Baylor's Rico Gathers (22.6 offensive rebounding percentage)

Best defensive rebounder: Darmouth's Gabas Maldunas (31.8 percent)

Most rebounds in a game: Jackson State's Brandon West (22 vs. Evansville on Dec. 14) and Roscoe Smith (22 vs. Omaha on Nov. 15)

Leading assister: LIU-Brooklyn's Jason Brickman (10.0 APG and tops with 54.9 percent assist rate)

Assist-to-turnover leader: Pittsburgh's James Robinson (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 (4.9 per game), and St. John's Chris Obpeka (blocking nation's-best 20.75 percent of shots when he's on the floor)

Most blocks in a game: 10 (by four people: Aaric Murray, Wagner's Naofall Folahan, Green Bay's Alec Brown and New Mexico State's Sim Bhullar)

Leading stealer: VCU's Briante Weber (3.93)

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

Best from 3: Connecticut's Neils Giffey (61.8)

Best from the foul line: Ball State's Zavier Turner (97.1 percent; 34 for 35)

Most minutes per game: Nevada's Deonte Burton (39.0)

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Matt Norlander is a national award-winning writer who has been with CBS Sports since 2010. He's in his seventh season covering college basketball for CBS, and also covers the NBA Draft, the Olympics and... Full Bio

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