I hope you saw some basketball Monday night, because there were some ridiculous numbers being posted all over the place on what was a great precursor to March Madness. Here are four of the most amazing:
6: The number of points Tar Heel guard Marcus Paige scored on a very off night offensively in UNC's 63-61 win. He even missed two of four free throws in the final minute against Notre Dame to give the Irish a chance to tie the game at the buzzer. But Paige is a difference-maker, and did so again in an unusual way for him Monday -- with a game-saving block. Robert Willett of the (Raleigh) News & Observer got a great picture of it, which is above.
38 and 19: Al Jefferson's points and rebounds, respectively, in the Charlotte Bobcats' 17-point loss to Miami. On most any other night, Jefferson's evening would have received widespread acclaim. But... (see 61)
41: N.C. State sophomore T.J. Warren is the ACC's best pure scorer, no doubt about that. But he outdid himself Monday, scoring 41 -- more than half of the Wolfpack's points -- in a win over Pittsburgh. No doubt Warren is a first-team All-ACC player, and a candidate for the league's Player of the Year award.
61: Oh, LeBron. King James absolutely torched the Bobcats in Miami Monday night, scoring 61 points (his career high) while making his first eight three-point shots. He's pretty unguardable already -- when LeBron is hitting threes, it's over. The point total was helped by the fact that Dwyane Wade took the night off to rest his knee. The Bobcats have now given up the two highest point totals in the NBA this season -- they earlier allowed Carmelo Anthony to go for 62.