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January 18, 2007

Amazing Stats: Running for it

Basketball is a game of runs.

Of course, you get excited when your team gets up by 15 points. However, there is usually a bit of apprehension because you know the other team will make a comeback.

Runs are part of what makes college basketball so exciting. Players lift their spirits during them. Fans are fueled by them. Opposing coaches use timeouts to stop them. Networks love them because they add commercials because of all the timeouts.

Sure, occasionally there are games devoid of big runs. The Oklahoma State-Texas triple-overtime game on Tuesday night - won 105-103 by the Cowboys - was one such game and it was a classic.

Here's a look inside that game and some other recent Amazing runs and assorted other items:

17
Lead changes in the Oklahoma State-Texas game
7
Largest lead in the Oklahoma State-Texas game (Texas led 45-38)
37
Points by each team's leading scorer in the Oklahoma State-Texas game (Kevin Durant for the Longhorns and Mario Boggan for the Cowboys)
6
Double-doubles by Durant in his past six games
5
Double-doubles by players on No. 8 Texas A&M this season


Texas' Kevin Durant.




Michigan State's Marquise Gray.
.933
Shooting percentage of Michigan State's Marquise Gray in Big Ten play (14 of 15 in four games)
.418
Shooting percentage of the rest of the Spartans in Big Ten play

112 Points scored in the second half of Utah's 85-79 upset of No. 13 Air Force
9 Games this season in which Connecticut has blocked at least 10 shots
50-22 Second-half score of the Kentucky-South Carolina game, won by the Wildcats 87-49




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