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March 7, 2008

The Most “Above and Beyond” Scoring Performance of the Year

Filed under: College Sports,Creighton Bluejays — Jon Green @ 10:56 pm

Often times, we talk about a player playing above and beyond his normal level of play. We say a player really stepped it up last night. We say he had “the game of his life”. This led me to wonder what player had the “most above and beyond” scoring performance of the year. The way to find this is as such, take the highest point totals in a single game this year in NCAA Basketball. Find these players scoring averages. Look at the difference. I only looked at players who scored 34 points or more in a game.
First the top 5 “Above and Beyond” Perfromances.

#5. TIE – Robert McKiver – Houston

Robert went off for 52 Points, the most scored this year, on February 27th against Southern Mississippi State. While this was obviously the most impressive scoring performance of the year, he only scored 29.1 points above his average of 22.9.

#5. TIE – Patrick Britton – Rice

Patrick put up 40 points against Eastern Carolina on Wednesday. Very impressive performance considering he had scored 9 points the last time he played, and 9 points a month earlier when he played Eastern Carolina. His 40 points was also 29.1 points above his average.

#4. Adris DeLeon – Eastern Washington

Adris scored 42 points against Northern Colorado on January 17th. He also scored 27 against them on February 23rd. A true Bear killer if I’ve ever seen one. His 42 were 29.5 points above his average of 12.5.

#3. Justin Jonas – Troy

Justin, who started his career at Alabama, scored 59 points as a freshman, 82 points as a sophomore, 180 as a junior, and 44 in his 2nd game as a senior. That meant after that game he had scored a remarkable 11.5% of his total points in his 62nd of 62 career games. His 44 points were also only 16.7% of the total points in the game (a 133-131 Troy win over Paul Quinn (the team, not the person), a NAIA team out of Dallas, Texas). His 44 points were 30.1 points above his average of 13.9

#2. Derek Wright – Austin Peay

Derek, a Senior at Austin Peay, put up 43 against SE Missouri State on January 29th. Continuing the trend of going off on a team once, and barely scoring in the other, he had only 7 points in a home win on January 12th against SE Missouri State. His 43 were 31.2 points above his season average of 13.9

#1. Cavel Witter – Creighton

Cavel Witter, a sophomore in his first year at Creighton had this line in a road loss to Bradley: 16 Minutes, 0-4 from the floor, no points, no rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover. His line in a home win vs. Bradley on March 1st: 34 Minutes, 13-20 from the floor, 12-13 from the line, 4-6 from three, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 turnovers. A remarkable turnaround. His 42 total points were 33.3 points above his season average of 8.7 He had scored just 40 points in his previous 6 games. A stunning performance for the Bluejay from Kansas City.

Now I knew going in that Cavel had really upped his scoring on that night, so I used his “Above Average” number to set the base level for points in a game to calculate how above average the performances were. So based on that, the “Most Average” 34 points in a game award goes to…

Reggie Williams – VMI

Reggie put up 34 points on February 26th against Liberty. Impressive, but how impressive? He has scored more than 34 5 times this year (including a season high 43 against Apprentice on December 10th). He has scored in double digits for every game he played this year (overall streak of 50 straight games). His lowest total of this year, 10, was the only time he was under 17. So his 34 against Liberty, fairly average [for him].

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