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 Wednesday, December 2nd!
1. Ben Simmons – LSU Tigers
Game Result: LSU 119, North Florida 108
Stat Line: 43 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals, 3 blocks
Is there anything that Ben Simmons can’t do for LSU this season? After being criticized for being “too passive” to start the season, Simmons looked out of sorts against Charleston, going 4-of-15 from the floor. On Wednesday night, he showed everyone that it was just an “off day”, and he had himself a field day against the North Florida Ospreys, recording a double-double of 43 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Tigers to the 119-108 victory. Mind you, everyone had a field day in this game, as 9 different scorers in the game reached double-figures (3 of which topped 30 points). But, Simmons is by far the front-runner for the Wooden Award this season, and he showed everyone what he is truly capable of on Wednesday night. Oh, and he added a casual 7 assists, 5 steals, and 3 blocks to boot.
2. Pascal Siakam – New Mexico State Aggies
Game Result: New Mexico State 73, UTEP 59
Stat Line: 24 points, 23 rebounds, 5 blocks
Year after year, after year, after year, the New Mexico State Aggies find themselves atop the WAC standings. With the way that Pascal Siakam and the Aggies are playing so far this season, the 2015-16 campaign will be no different. On Wednesday, Siakam recorded 24 points and a career-high 23 rebounds to lead the Aggies to the 73-59 win over the UTEP Miners. The loss was the first of the season for the Miners, and another resume-boosting win for the Aggies in the process. With Pascal Siakam at the forefront for the team on both ends of the floor this season, the Aggies look poised to take home another conference title and make another appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
3. Tacko Fall – UCF Knights
Game Result: UCF 94, Stetson 85
Stat Line: 23 points, 11 rebounds, 5 blocks, 11-of-12 shooting
Tacko Fall, who stands a mere 7’6” tall, made headlines to start the season as his eligibility was in question. After the NCAA cleared him to play, the UCF Knights got a big boost in the paint (pun fully intended). On Wednesday night, Fall showed why he was one of the nation’s top recruits coming out of high school, lighting up the Stetson Hatters to the tune of his first collegiate double-double performance. Fall recorded 23 points (11-of-12 shooting) and 11 rebounds to help lead the Knights to the 94-85 victory. Fall was extremely effective in the paint, as he should be, given his height advantage over pretty well anyone in the country. This could be a sign of things to come for Tacko Fall and the UCF Knights as the season progresses.