In tribute to the beginning of another spring training, we bring you the starting line-up of whacky stats from the 2009-2010 NCAA Basketball regular season.
- The award for most turnovers in a game this year goes to: E’Jay Ward from Tennessee Wesleyan for coughing up the ball 15 times in one contest in late November. Take care of the ball son!
- Elon managed to go 2-14 from the line in a November match-up with UNCW. Their 14.2% from the free throw stripe was the worst in any game when the team had more than 10 FTA.
- Texas State looks like they’re going to keep the streak going. Five straight years leading the nation in Fouls Per Game. This year they’re hacking at a moderate 25FPG pace, compared to the 27FPG they were whistled for last year.
- Powerhouses Monmouth, Illinois-Chicago, and Winston-Salem State all tied for the fewest field goals in a game this year with 10. (I don’t mean to slight North Carolina Central, who dropped 30 in a game this year setting a season low for D-1).
- UNLV took 165 shots in their 88-75 win in regulation over Nevada, marking the most field goal attempts by a team in the history of the internet. (It was 60 more shots taken than Connecticut took in their 6OT loss to Syracuse last year).
- Referee Doug Shows has called a D-1 country high 37 technicals while roaming the hardwood in the Sunbelt and SEC.
- Wondering who the Rasheed Wallace of NCAA basketball is? Praire View A&M’s Darnell Hugee leads the nation with 6 technical fouls. (seton hall sharpshooter Jeremy Hazell is 2nd with 4 on the year).
- Kansas hasn’t fallen below #3 in the AP poll all season. If they remain in the top 3 for the rest of the year, they’ll be just the second team since Duke's 1997-98 squad to stay in the top three all season long.
- Chalk it up to experience: Seniors lead the nation in 3PT field goal percentage at 35.2%, followed by juniors at 34.5%, sophomores 33.9%, and freshman 32.4%. The last time a younger class shot the long ball better than their senior elders was 2004-2005.