It’s long been said that records are made to be broken. Well, as it pertains to Men’s NCAA Basketball, there are some cases in which that’s just never going to happen.
Some have said that Mookie Blaylock’s record of 13 steals in a game (which he actually did twice while at Oklahoma) will never fall. However, six players have reached 12. Shane Battier took 111 charges in his time at Duke under Coach K, which is a school record. However, the NCAA has never really kept an official record book for that statistic, which means there might not be any kind of record at all outside of Durham.
While some NCAA Basketball records may at some point be threatened, there are at least five out there that have zero chance of ever falling.
Troy State and DeVry combined to score 399 points in one game
On January 12, 1992, nobody knew that a Division II game between Troy State University (now known as Troy University in Division I) and DeVry University (the basketball team no longer exists) would make NCAA Basketball history. But that’s exactly what happened.
In the opening 20 minutes, Troy State scored 123 points, breaking its own NCAA all-division record for most points in a half. That mark would only last another 20 minutes as the Trojans scored another 135 in the second half, just six less than what DeVry scored for the entire game. Normally, any team that scores 141 points in a game is essentially assured of a victory. As for DeVry, they found themselves on the losing end of the 258-141 final.
Troy attempted 109 three-pointers during the game, knocking down 51 of them (also an NCAA record) for a solid 46.8 percent mark from beyond the arc. The two teams scored a point every six seconds on average.
Jack Taylor of Grinnell College racks up 138 points in a single game
The list moves from Division II to Division III and the NCAA Basketball scoring record of Grinnell College’s Jack Taylor. Taylor put up a record 138 points for the Pioneers on November 20, 2012, in a 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible. Taylor, who grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant, shattered the mark set by Bevo Francis of Rio Grande in 1954. The Division I record still belongs to Frank Selvy, who put up 100 points for Furman against Newberry in 1954.
Taylor put up 108 shots that night, also an NCAA Basketball record. He shot 52-for-108 from the floor, including 27-for-71 from the three-point line. At one point, he made seven consecutive threes in under two minutes. He also scored 28 consecutive points for the Pioneers during a stretch. He scored 58 points in the first half and 80 in the second half, also an NCAA record.
Northern Illinois breaks its own NCAA Basketball record for fewest points in a half: 4
What better way to transition from two high-scoring records than to put the focus on the worst half in NCAA basketball history. On January 26, 2013, the Northern Illinois Huskies traveled to Eastern Michigan for a Mid-American Conference showdown with the Eagles. Little did they know that a futility record they had previously set would fall that night in Ypsilanti.
The Huskies were dreadful in the first half that night. NIU shot 1-for-31, including 29 straight misses, for a dreadful 3.2 field goal percentage, an NCAA record. For the first 20 minutes, they scored just four points. What’s interesting to note is that they set the record by just one point. The previous record for least amount of points in a half was five, set earlier that season in a December 1 game against Dayton by the same Northern Illinois team. Not surprisingly, the Huskies lost both games.
Pistol Pete Maravich’s 44.2 career NCAA Basketball scoring average
There has never been a greater scorer in NCAA Basketball history than “Pistol” Pete Maravich, who racked up 3,667 points in three years at LSU. Had Maravich not had to play for the freshman team in his first year in Baton Rouge, he would easily be the only man to score 4,000 career points. There have only been 10 players in Division I history to score more than 3,000.
In his first year on the varsity squad, his sophomore year, Maravich averaged 43.8 points per game on an LSU team that went just 14-12. In a 13-13 junior year, Maravich upped his average to 44.2. He capped off his college career with a 44.5-point average. Even with a 22-10 record, LSU failed to make the NCAA Tournament. Maravich ended his collegiate career never having played in the big dance.
UCLA’s seven consecutive NCAA Championships
There has been and never will be another run like the one John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins put together from 1967-1973. In a seven-year span, the Bruins won seven consecutive national championships. To put this in perspective, the Kentucky Wildcats are second on the all-time list of most NCAA Championships. Their total is eight.
In fact, only six other schools in history have won back-to-back national championships. The Bruins had done so in 1964 and 1965 before Texas Western made their historic run in ’66. UCLA then reeled off their seven in a row and eight of nine overall (NC State jumped in there in 1974).
At one point during the championship streak, UCLA won 88 straight games, a Men’s NCAA Basketball record that will also likely never be matched. The UConn women’s team holds the overall NCAA record with 90 straight wins, also a mark that will never be broken.