The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is finally here, and we have seen our fair share of major upsets and great individual performances over the course of the first two days. If this is any indication, we are in for one heck of a season.
Each day, we will hand out some awards for the top three individual performances from the night before. Opening night saw its fair share of big time individual performances that were critical in the wins for their respective teams.
Here are the top three individual performances for Saturday, November 14th!
1. Entire Butler Bulldogs Roster
Game Result: Butler 144, The Citadel 71
Stat Line (Team): 56-of-88 (63.6%) shooting, 63 rebounds, 27 assists, 7 players in double-figures
Kellen Dunham: 18 min, 24 points, 2 steals, 9-of-17 shooting
Tyler Lewis: 23 min, 17 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds
Roosevelt Jones: 26 min, 18 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists
Tyler Wideman: 19 min, 18 points (8-of-8 shooting), 8 rebounds
Andrew Chrabascz: 25 min, 12 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists
Jackson Davis: 17 min, 19 points, 8 rebounds
Kelan Martin: 16 min, 13 points, 10 rebounds
The list tends to be reserved for individual performances, but it’s extremely tough to ignore what the Butler Bulldogs did against The Citadel. A school-record 144 points in a game was just the tip of the iceberg in this one, as seven different players reached double-figured with none of them playing more than 26 minutes in the game.
2. Jamel Waters – Alabama State Hornets
Game Result: Alabama State 85, Virginia Tech 82
Stat Line: 35 min, 21 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals
The Alabama State Hornets trailed the Hokies at halftime, but got a big game performance from their star guard to lead them back and to victory. The Hornets had four players reach double-figures in scoring, led by Jamel Waters who scored a team-high 21 points.
3. Jack Gibbs – Davidson Wildcats
Game Result: Davidson 90, Central Florida 85
Stat Line: 35 min, 35 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists
Davidson knew they were in for a hard-fought contest in their season opener against Central Florida, and they needed their stars to step up and carry them to victory. That’s exactly what guard Jack Gibbs did, scoring a game-high 35 points to push the Wildcats over the Knights by 5.