Inside The Big 12 – 02/25/04

In this week's edition of <i>Inside the Big 12</i> we take a look ahead to the conference tournament and also go around to each shool for the campus reports. You will also see how the Buffs compare to other Big 12 teams in regards to statistics. Did you know that the Buffs are 8-0 when scoring over 80 points a game this season?

UT's Mouton wins player of the week

Texas senior Brandon Mouton, whose averaged 24.7 ppg while hitting 29-of-52 (.558) field goals and 9-of-21 (.429) three-pointers in the last three games for the Longhorns, became the first player from the team to be named Big 12 Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.

In TU's 77-57 win over in-state rival Texas A&M Saturday Mouton posted a game-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Last Saturday the Lafayette, La., native recorded a game-high 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including 4-of-9 from three point range. For the week Mouton averaged 22.5 ppg while hitting 17-of-29 (.586) field goals, 5-of-12 (.417) three-pointers and 6-of-8 FT (.750).

Mouton leads his team in scoring (13.3 ppg), double-figure scoring games (15), 20-point scoring efforts (six) and ranks No. 13 on UT's all-time scoring list (1,431 points).

News and Notes

Down the Stretch

With four games left in the 2004 Big 12 men's basketball race teams are jockeying for tournament seeds and postseason consideration. As a reminder the top five seeds for the Big 12 Tournament will receive a bye and Baylor will not participate in this year's conference post-season action. Currently two games separate No. 4 through No. 8 teams in the standings and three if you stretch to No. 10.

UT's Thomas sets rebounding record

Texas senior center James Thomas eclipsed a school record that had stood for 22 years during Saturday's win at Oklahoma. With his second rebound of the game, Thomas broke the school's career rebounding mark, previously held by LaSalle Thompson (1,027 rebounds, 1980-82). Thomas had a game-high 12 boards at OU, giving him 1,038 career rebounds in 124 games (8.4 rpg). His 1,038 rebounds are third on the Big 12 career list and 15 shy of No. 2.

Looking ahead to the tourney

Of the 77 Big 12 Tournament games ever played, lower seeds have won 21 games, or 27.3 percent. Highlighted Missouri's run as a tenth-seed in 1997, the inaugural event posted four lower seed victories. That feat was matched in the 2003 event with the biggest upset coming when seventh-seeded Texas Tech defeated No. 2 Texas 92-81 in the quarterfinals. Three other tourneys - 1999, 2001, and 2002 - have had three lower seed teams win.

Conference campus reports

Baylor…
Against Mizzou, senior R.T. Guinn tied his season-high with three three-pointers made. His is now only treys five behind Kenny Taylor on Baylor's all-time thee-pointers made list.

Colorado
As a team, the Buffaloes are 8-0 when scoring over 80 points; 15-0 when leading at the 10, 5, 2-minute marks of the second half; and 11-3 when out-rebounding the opponent. Head Coach Ricardo Patton has won 140 games at CU, third overall in school history.

Iowa State
Will Blalock came off the bench to score 12 points, dish out seven assists and tally two steals in the Cyclones' overtime loss to Kansas Saturday. Blalock leads ISU with 38 steals, which is the third-best total for an ISU freshman. He is second on the team in assists with 95, which is the fourth-best effort for an ISU rookie.

Kansas…
Aaron Miles paces the conference in alternative offensive statistics, leading the Big 12 with 7.4 assists per game and needs just two assists to pass KU's Kirk Hinrich for third place on the Jayhawks' all-time career assists list.

Kansas State
Junior forward Jeremiah Massey is the first Wildcat to score 20 points in eight games since Manny Dies did it 10 times in 1997-98. Massey has quietly crept into contention for Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors. He is one of seven players to rank among the top 15 in the league in both scoring and rebounding, but one of just two first-year players to place among this elite group (the other is Iowa State freshman Curtis Stinson). He leads all first-year players in rebounding and double-doubles, while he is second in scoring.

Missouri…
Senior Arthur Johnson has knocked down 28 of his last 51 shots (54.9 percent) while senior Travon Bryant has hit 17 of his last 26 shots (65.4 percent). Both of those stats samplings were taken over the course of the Tigers last four games.

Nebraska
At OSU last Saturday, the Huskers topped the 80-point plateau for the second straight road game, the first time NU scored at least 80 points in back-to-back road league contests since the 1993-94 season.

Oklahoma…
Sophomore De'Angelo Alexander has scored in double figures in five of the last six outings after a seven-game single-digit stretch. OU is averaging 7.3 three-pointers made per Big 12 game while holding league foes to an average of 4.5.

Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State's current 11-game win streak in conference games is the longest since the 1945-46 season, when the Cowboys (then the Aggies) finished the league season at 12-0.

Texas…
UT has held six of its last eight opponents to below 37 percent from the field and has held Big 12 opponents to a combined 38 percent mark from the field. Since head coach Rick Barnes arrived in Austin, the Longhorns have held 85 of their 189 faced opponents to under 40 percent shooting. Texas sports a 78-7 mark in the Barnes era when accomplishing the feat (12-0 in 2003-04).

Texas A&M…
The margins of ten of A&M's 12 league games have been within five points at halftime, with A&M leading on three such occasions. Ten of A&M's last 14 losses were within four points in the final two minutes.

Texas Tech…
Texas Tech leads the Big 12 in free throw percentage at 73.5 percent. The Red Raiders have led the league in all game statistics just twice in the history of the league - free throw percentage in 2000 (72.5) and three-point field goal percentage in 1997 (40.6).

CU against the Big 12

 

 

BLOCKED SHOTS
## Team                  G  Blocks  Avg/G
-----------------------------------------
 1.COLORADO............ 23     139   6.04
 2.Kansas.............. 24     132   5.50
 3.Oklahoma............ 23     123   5.35
   Iowa State.......... 23     123   5.35

 

DEFENSIVE REBOUNDS
## Team                  G   No.  Avg/G
---------------------------------------
 1.COLORADO............ 23   611  26.57
 2.Kansas.............. 24   632  26.33
 3.Kansas State........ 23   597  25.96

 

SCORING
## Player-Team               Cl  G   FG  3FG   FT  Pts Avg/G
------------------------------------------------------------
 1.Emmett, Andre-TT......... SR 26  206   11  134  557  21.4
 2.Simien, Wayne-KU......... JR 23  140    2  105  387  16.8
 3.HARRISON, DAVID-CU....... JR 23  141    0   99  381  16.6
 4.MORANDAIS, MICHELE-CU.....SR 23  123   43   89  378  16.4
 5.Thomas, Terrance-BU...... SR 22  117   46   76  356  16.2

 

REBOUNDING
## Player-Team               Cl  G  OFF  DEF  TOT Avg/G
-------------------------------------------------------
 1.Vroman, Jackson-IS....... SR 22   89  134  223  10.1
 2.Slocum, Andy-AM.......... SR 23   78  141  219   9.5
 3.Simien, Wayne-KU......... JR 23   73  142  215   9.3
 4.HARRISON, DAVID-CU....... JR 23   79  119  198   8.6
 5.HARRIS, LAMAR-CU......... SR 23   55  142  197   8.6

 

FIELD GOAL PCT (Min. 3.0 made per game)
## Player-Team               Cl  G    FG   FGA   Pct
----------------------------------------------------
 1.HARRISON, DAVID-CU....... JR 23   141   231  .610
 2.Bryant, Travon-MU........ SR 23    96   167  .575
 3.McFarlin,Ivan-OS......... SR 23   115   202  .569
 4.Graham,Joey-OS........... JR 23   104   186  .559
 5.Vroman, Jackson-IS....... SR 22   121   218  .555

 

FREE THROW PCT (Min. 2.0 made per game)
## Player-Team               Cl  G   FTM   FTA   Pct
----------------------------------------------------
 1.Sullivan, Jake-IS........ SR 23    54    58  .931
 2.Lucas,John-OS............ JR 23    55    62  .887
 3.McKinney, Jimmy-MU....... SO 23    66    76  .868
 4.Johnson, Nate-NU......... SR 22    71    82  .866
 5.MORANDAIS, MICHELE-CU.....SR 23    89   105  .848

 

3-POINT FG MADE
## Player-Team               Cl  G  3FG  Avg/G
----------------------------------------------
 1.Sullivan, Jake-IS........ SR 23   62   2.70
 2.WILSON, BLAIR-CU......... SR 23   60   2.61
 3.Giddens, J.R.-KU......... FR 24   52   2.17
 4.Thomas, Terrance-BU...... SR 22   46   2.09
 5.Lucas,John-OS............ JR 23   48   2.09

 

BLOCKED SHOTS
## Player-Team               Cl  G Blocks  Avg/G
------------------------------------------------
 1.Homan, Jared-IS.......... JR 22     64   2.91
 2.HARRISON, DAVID-CU....... JR 23     63   2.74
 3.Padgett, David-KU........ FR 22     39   1.77
 4.Giles, Devonne-TT........ JR 26     45   1.73
 5.Johnson, Arthur-MU....... SR 23     38   1.65

 

OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS
## Player-Team               Cl  G  No.  Avg/G
----------------------------------------------
 1.Vroman, Jackson-IS....... SR 22   89   4.05
 2.Tucker, P.J.-UT.......... FR 24   87   3.62
 3.HARRISON, DAVID-CU....... JR 23   79   3.43
 4.Slocum, Andy-AM.......... SR 23   78   3.39
 5.Simien, Wayne-KU......... JR 23   73   3.17

 

DEFENSIVE REBOUNDS
## Player-Team               Cl  G  No.  Avg/G
----------------------------------------------
 1.HARRIS, LAMAR-CU......... SR 23  142   6.17
   Simien, Wayne-KU......... JR 23  142   6.17
 3.Slocum, Andy-AM.......... SR 23  141   6.13
 4.Vroman, Jackson-IS....... SR 22  134   6.09
 5.HARRISON, DAVID-CU....... JR 23  119   5.17

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