College basketball was booming on Saturday, and @NorthPoleHoops continues to track talent from North of the border. With thirty-nine Canadians in action, there was no shortage of standout performances.
With the plethora of impressive stat lines to choose from, I’ve decided to categorize these performances by position.
Starting with the big fella, 7’5 Sim Bhullar who recorded season-high as you will see…
The ‘Bigs’ – (Centres, Forwards)
- Sim Bhullar (Toronto, ON) had his best game of the season as his New Mexico State Aggies won in overtime 81-69 agianst the Drake Bulldogs. The seven foot five three hundred and sixty pound beast stuffed the stat sheet with a season-high 22 points (9-14 FG, 4-8 FT), 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks and 1 steal. Bhullar also logged in his most minutes of the season (39) which is a very encouraging sign for the big man. With his fellow Canadian partner in crime Daniel Mullings offensive struggles, (7PTS 3-13 FG) Bhullar stepped up to the plate. Bhullar helped end the Aggies four game losing streak.
- Jordan Bachynski (Calgary, AB) posted a big man statline as Arizona State hammered Grambling State 97-55. If Bachynski’s 15 points (7-10 FG 1-4 FT) was not enough, he added 14 rebounds and 5 blocks. The dark horse has also joined his fellow Canadian Khem Birch as one of the top shot blockers in the NCAA. Bachynski 4.5 blocks are good enough for number two in America!
- Dwight Powell’s (Toronto, ON) Stanford squad beat UC Davis with a 83-56 thumping on Saturday. Powell was on triple double watch as he scored 15 points (6-10FG, 0-1 3PT, 3-4 FT) grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out six assists. The 6 foot 10 hybrid forward is averaging a career high with four assists per game. This is a real test to how Powell has grown over his four years with the Stanford program, as his versatility continues to shine.
- Khem Birch (Montreal, QC) had another strong game as UNLV beat Southern Utah Saturday 73-51. Birch had 7 points (1-3 FG, 5-6 FT) adding 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. Birch’s defensive prowess is becoming a staple of his game. His 4.3 blocks currently ranks him fifth in the NCAA for shot blocking while his 10.1 rebounds places him in the top 20 for rebounding. The former high school all American is making a big splash this year in the NCAA and should look to further develop his offensive repertoire.
- The Colgate Raiders ended a two game slide with a 69-60 win over the Albany Great Danes. Murphy Burnatowski (Waterloo, ON) led the Raiders with 19 points (7-15 FG, 5-7 3PT) grabbing six rebounds and dishing out two assists. Burnatowski has not enjoyed the same success he had last year. His point per game (13.9) and field goal percentage (36%) has dropped significantly (17.4 ppg, 43 %) as teams clearly have him on the scouting report. However, this 19 point effort is a solid step in the right direction for the Waterloo native.
- Grandy Glaze (Toronto, ON) just nearly missed a double double scoring seven points and grabbing 10 rebounds as his St. Louis Billikens beat the Wofford Terriers 66-52. Glaze has put up steady numbers all year and has seen his minutes shoot up to 17 per game, the highest of his collegiate career.
The Perimeter (Guards, Wings)
- The Arizona Wildcats were able to squeak by with a 72-70 win over the Michigan Wolverines Saturday afternoon. Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, ON) had 14 points (4-11 FG, 1-4 3PT, 5-5 FT) 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block in 38 minutes of action for the Wolverines. What was most impressive about the second year guard was his mental toughness, versatility and relentlessness throughout the last ten-minute span of the game. After Stauskas was able to score a very impressive ‘and-one basket ‘s by splitting the pick and roll, he was called for a charge the very next possession. However, he did not let the referring dictate his game as on the next possession he went baseline and dunked the ball with two hands. Stauskas had the ball exclusively in his hands down the stretch making a great pocket pass to McGary that lead to a two shot foul, and a hesitation dribble drive that gave Michigan the lead with under a minute left. Nevertheless, Stauskas did miss an elbow jumper at the end–a very good look, which he tweeted about saying “I’ve made that shot 1000 times.”
Andrew Wiggins (Vaughan, ON) struggled to find a rhythm on Saturday night. Despite that, his Kansas Jayhawks still beat the New Mexico Lobos 80-63. Wiggins had a rough start to the game starting 1-7 from the field. He airmailed a three pointer and got blocked on a lay up attempt. In total Wiggins only had 11 points (3-11 FG, 0-2 3PT, 5-6 FT) four rebounds one assist and two blocks. Wiggins was also benched for the remainder of the game when he fouled New Mexico’s Kendal Williams on a three-point attempt. Williams made the three and the free throw converting on the night ended four-point play. Wiggins missed too many easy baskets inside the paint even blowing a dunk. If the Canadian phenom is to remain at the top of 2014 NBA draft list, performances like these will need to be limited to the very minimum.
- Dayton beat Central Michigan 84-58 led by Dyshawn Pierre’s (Whitby, ON) efficient 15 pts (5-6 FG, 2-3 3PT, 3-4 FT) four rebounds and three assists. This was Pierre’s first double digit scoring game since he put up 15 points against Gonzaga on November 25th. During that four game span, the Dayton Flyers only won two games. Pierre should look to stay aggressive, as his team is undefeated when he scored in double digits.
- Brandon Bos (Markham, ON) 19 pts (7-13 FG, 2-3 3PT, 3-4FT) was not enough as South Dakota fell to Green Bay 89-85. Bos bounced back from previous game were he only put up four-point game against Kansas State. Bos also added five rebounds and two assists. His South Dakota coyotes have now lost four games in a row.
- Kevin Pangos (Landing, ON) had a pretty mediocre outing Saturday night. Despite that, Gonzaga was still able to pull out a 68-59 victory over South Alabama. Pangos scored 10 points (3-12 FG 1-6 3PT, 3-4 FT) collected three boards, added four assists, with one steal. At first glance the stat line leaves much to be desire, but Gonzaga was never in any real danger. The bulldogs were able to enjoy an eleven point lead throughout the second half.