Ten Division I men's basketball players made at least 10 three-pointers in one game last season. Of those 10, only eight did so vs. a Division I team and only one, Creighton's Mitch Ballock, shot at least 90 percent from deep.
Where does Ballock's 39-point game rank among the 13 best offensive performances of the 2018-19 college basketball season?
13. Jalen Pickett – Siena
Date: Feb. 17, 2019
Opponent: vs. Quinnipiac
Jalen Pickett, a freshman, scored 46 points in 53 minutes in a triple-overtime loss to Quinnipiac. Despite the silly number of minutes — nine more than he had ever played in one college game — he still shot 14-of-26 from the floor, including 4-of-8 from deep, hit 14 of 17 free throws and committed one turnover.
One turnover in 53 minutes.
12. Justin Wright-Foreman – Hofstra
Date: Feb. 2, 2019
Opponent: vs. William & Mary
Justin Wright-Foreman, Chris Clemons and Markus Howard were the only two players who scored at least 42 points three times.
Wright-Foreman's 48-point game in early February was the only game in which one player made at least seven two-point field goals, seven three-pointers and seven free throws.
11. Daishon Smith – UL Monroe
Date: Jan. 3, 2019
Opponent: vs. Little Rock
Mitch Ballock was the only player to hit 10 three-pointers on 90-percent shooting, but Daishon Smith wasn't far behind. The Warhawks' senior shot 10-for-12 from deep (83.3 percent) in scoring 42 points vs. Little Rock in January.
10. Cameron Young – Quinnipiac
Date: Feb. 17, 2019
Opponent: at Siena
Cameron Young's 55-point explosion in February was the highest individual single-game scoring total this season and the highest this decade.
In the same game Siena's Jalen Pickett scored 46, Cameron Young shot 9-for-13 from beyond the arc and hit 16 of 20 free throws, the sixth-most made free throws in a game last season.
9. Andrew Fleming – Maine
Date: Jan. 30, 2019
Opponent: at UMass-Lowell
Andrew Fleming's 38 points vs. UMass-Lowell tied for 64th-most in the country last year. However, in hitting 18 of 20 shots, he was the only player to score at least 35 points on 90-percent shooting vs. a Division I team.
8. Dylan Windler – Belmont
Date: Feb. 9, 2019
Opponent: at Morehead State
Of the 55 individual 40-point games, only six came with zero turnovers. Of those six, only four were against Division I teams. And of the four, only one included 60-percent shooting.
Dylan Windler scored 41 points on 12-for-20 shooting, including 8-for-14 from three, in Belmont's win over Morehead State in February.
7. Jeremiah Martin – Memphis
Date: Feb. 2, 2019
Opponent: at South Florida
Jeremiah Martin scored 41 points in only 28 minutes. Only three players scored at least 40 in fewer than 30 minutes, though only two players did it against a Division I team and only one, Martin, did it while shooting better than 55 percent from the floor.
Martin shot 65 percent (13 of 20) in the six-point loss.
6. Grant Williams – Tennessee
Date: Feb. 23, 2019
Opponent: at Vanderbilt
Grant Williams' 23 made free throws vs. Vandy were the most by one player this season. He hit all 23 attempts in scoring 43 points and fell one short of the all-time single-game record for most made free throws without a miss.
5. Mitch Ballock – Creighton
Date: March 9, 2019
Opponent: vs. DePaul
Mitch Ballock's line from Creighton's win over DePaul in the regular-season finale: 39 points, 12-for-14 shooting, 11-for-12 from deep, 4-for-5 from the line.
4. Carsen Edwards – Purdue
Date: March 23, 2019
Opponent: vs. Villanova
Eight days after shooting 1-for-8 from beyond the arc in a Big Ten Tournament loss to Minnesota, Carsen Edwards exploded for nine three-pointers and 42 points in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.
His 42 points came on 12-for-21 shooting, including 9-for-16 from deep. Edwards also hit all nine free-throw attempts.
3. Markus Howard – Marquette
Date: Jan. 9, 2019
Opponent: at Creighton
The only player to score 45 points three times last year, Markus Howard came within two points of Cameron Young's 2018-19 record with a 53-point game vs. Creighton in January.
Howard hit 10 of 14 three-point attempts and 13 of 15 free-throw attempts in topping 50 points for the second time in his career (53 vs. Providence in January 2018).
2. Markus Howard – Marquette
Date: Dec. 1, 2019
Opponent: vs. Kansas State
Six weeks before his 53-point explosion, Markus Howard scored 45 vs. Kansas State. Why was it better? Kansas State was one of the best defensive teams in the country.
He scored 45 on 17 field-goal attempts, hitting 11 shots and 19 (of 21) free-throw attempts.
1. Carsen Edwards – Purdue
Date: March 30, 2019
Opponent: vs. Virginia
Entering the 2019 NCAA Tournament, the record for most three-pointers in a single tournament was 27 by Glen Rice in the 1989 tourney. Rice set the record in six games. Edwards broke the record in four games.
One week after hitting nine three-pointers vs. Villanova, Edwards broke Rice's record with 10 three-pointers vs. Virginia in one of the best individual performances in tourney history. His 42-point explosion came against the fifth-ranked KenPom defense in the country…with a Final Four trip at stake.