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November 21, 2011

Statistical Study – CJ Carter among UNO Freshman Scorers

Filed under: College Sports,Men's Basketball,Omaha Mavericks — Jon Green @ 10:00 am

Did a little research into freshman Scorers since 2000 at UNO. CJ Carter has 49 points through four games, how does that compare to other freshman?

CJ scored 18 in his first game against IPFW. As I mentioned in the recap for that game, that is the most by a freshman in the data available to me.  Mitch Albers was the only other freshman I could find who scored in double figures in his debut, he scored 12 in his first game in 2007.

Through two games Mitch was slightly better (27 total points to 24) and Tola Dada is the 3rd Maverick with 20+ points through two games as he scored 21 through two games in 2000.

Through three games Mitch again had the edge, 38 to 35, as they were the only two players with more than 23 points through three games.

Through four games Mitch extended his lead to 64-49. Mitch had a ginormous 26 point outing in his 4th game as a freshman. They are the only two players who scored more than 34 points (Michael Jenkins having 34 in 2005).

These are the top 10 single game scoring performances by freshman since 2000:
1. Mitch Albers – 26 – 11/24/07 vs. MSU-Billings
2. Mitch Albers – 25 – 2/23/08 @ North Dakota
3. Ryan Curtis – 21 – 12/21/02 vs. Midland Lutheran
4. Mitch Albers – 18 – 12/23/07 @ MSU-Billings
Mitch Albers – 18 – 3/1/08 vs. Minnesota State Mankato
Mitch Albers – 18 – 3/15/08 vs. Fort Lewis (Co.) – NCAA Tournament Game
CJ Carter – 18 – 11/12/11 @ IPFW
8. Tola Dada – 17 – 1/6/01 @ South Dakota
James Mills – 17 – 12/18/01 vs. Midland Lutheran
Denny Johnston – 17 – 2/19/05 vs. Minnesota Duluth
Mitch Albers – 17 – 1/31/08 @ Augustana
Mitch Albers – 17 – 3/8/08 @ Minnesota State Mankato – NCC Tournament Game
John Karhoff – 17 – 2/16/11 vs. Central Missouri

As you can see, Mitch Albers has the top two freshman scoring games, five of the top seven, and seven of the top 13. Mitch had an incredible Freshman season, one CJ will have a tough time comparing to.

Here are the 12 freshman at UNO since 2000 to score 100 or more points in a season:
1. Mitch Albers – 369
2. Ryan Curtis – 232
3. Tola Dada – 200
4. John Karhoff – 181
5. Michael Jenkins – 149
6. Denny Johnston – 144
7. Calvin Kapels – 141
8. Chris DeSpain – 129
9. Eric Wiebers – 115
10. James Mills – 108
11. Caleb Steffensmeier – 102
12. Zac Robinson – 101

CJ currently has 49 points, the 19th highest total for a freshman. He needs to score 2.04 points per game to reach 100, four points per game to reach 5th all-time, 7.32 points per game to reach 2nd all-time, and 12.8 points per game to beat Mitch Albers’ freshman season.

BTW I tweeted earlier saying through 3.5 games it’s not crazy to say CJ has a great chance to be a top 10 all time scorer at UNO if things play our right (i.e. no significant injuries and no disciplinary problems). 10th right now is Calvin Kapels with 1102 points. If CJ averages his current 12.25 through 29 games a year and four years, he would have 1,421 points, good for 4th all-time. It’s safe to say CJ has shown the potential so far to be one of the better scorers UNO has seen.

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