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, December 3rd!
1. Kevin Hervey – UT-Arlington Mavericks
Game Result: UT-Arlington 90, North Texas 67
Stat Line: 20 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists, 8-of-14 shooting
The play of sophomore forward Kevin Hervey has been a big factor in the early-season success of the UT-Arlington Mavericks. After helping lead the team to big wins over Memphis and Ohio State, and a tight overtime loss against instate rival Texas, Hervey put together another big performance on Thursday night against the North Texas Mean Green. A double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds helped propel the Mavericks to their 6th win of the season. If Hervey can keep up his high level of play as the season progresses, the Mavericks could make a serious run at the Sun Belt title this season.
2. Marvin King-Davis – Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens
Game Result: Delaware 67, South Florida 58
Stat Line: 16 points, 18 rebounds, 1 steal, 6-of-12 shooting
The Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens entered Thursday night’s contest with a 3-2 record on the season, and were looking to score their third-straight win on their home floor. Marvin King-Davis put together one heck of a performance, and lifted the Blue Hens to their third win of the season at home. On 6-of-12 shooting, he recorded 16 points and pulled down 18 rebounds in the victory. In a wide-open Colonial race this season, Delaware could sneak towards the top and surprise a few people, and King-Davis will be a big factor in their successes this year.
3. Thomas Welsh – UCLA Bruins
Game Result: UCLA 87, Kentucky 77
Stat Line: 21 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks, 8-of-11 shooting
Last season, the UCLA Bruins were held to just 7 points in the first half of their blowout loss to the Kentucky Wildcats. What a difference a season makes, as the Bruins got a big game from big man Thomas Welsh to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the season so far. Behind a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds, Welsh helped lead the Bruins to the 87-77 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats, who are the #1 team in the country. The win could erase the slow start to the season for the Bruins, and get them back on the right track in 2015-16. If so, Welsh will need to build off this performance, and keep playing at a high level.