The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is in full swing, and what a season it has been already. Night in and night out, any team is truly capable of knocking off anyone, making the season that much more exciting. Upsets have been aplenty this season, and more are bound to come over the course of the 2015-16 season.
Each day, we will hand out some awards for the top three individual performances from the night before. They could be freshmen or experienced seniors, and they could come from the smallest mid-major programs or the top teams in the country. Each night, there are big performances that are critical for their respective teams.
Here are the top three individual performances for Thursday, November 26th!
1. Denzel Valentine – Michigan State Spartans
Game Result: Michigan State 99, Boston College 68
Stat Line: 29 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, 11-of-16 shooting
For the second time in a span of just nine days, Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine flooded the stat sheet to the tune of yet another triple-double. After burning Kansas in the Champions Classic, Valentine opened up the 2015 Wooden Legacy by recording 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the Spartans’ 99 – 68 win over the Boston College Eagles. He was 6-of-9 from three point range in the contest, and 11-of-16 from the field overall. Through his first five games in 2015-16, Valentine has flirted with a triple-double in each contest, and is averaging 18.0 points, 9.4 rebounds and 9.8 assists per game.
2. Jared Brownridge – Santa Clara Broncos
Game Result: Arizona 75, Santa Clara 73 (OT)
Stat Line: 44 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 11-of-29 shooting
Jared Brownridge almost single-handily led the Santa Clara Broncos to the second massive upset of the day on Thursday, as his big time performance forced Santa Clara into overtime with the #11 Arizona Wildcats. Despite his 44 points, which is an NCAA-best in 2015-16 so far, the Broncos fell to the Wildcats, 75 – 73, as a part of the 2015 Wooden Legacy. Brownridge accounted for over half of Santa Clara’s field goal attempts on the game (29 of 53) and over half of their points. He is one of the premier shooters in the West Coast Conference, and this performance may force more people to take the Broncos and Jared Brownridge more seriously moving forwards.
3. Charles Mitchell – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Game Result: Georgia Tech 83, Arkansas 73
Stat Line: 18 points, 18 rebounds, 3 assists, 5-of-8 shooting
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are an experienced group in 2015-16, and there is a good amount of optimism surrounding the program. A big reason for their 4 – 1 start has been the play of forward Charles Mitchell. Against Arkansas in the NIT Season Tip-Off on Thursday, Mitchell recorded a double-double of 18 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Yellow Jackets to the 10-point win. Mitchell has recorded a double-double in each of Georgia Tech’s five games this season, and plenty more look to be on the horizon as the 6’8” big man moves through his senior campaign.