Perspective on Paul's Epic Performance

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4-BP Wide2.jpgBy now you probably know about Brandon Paul's incredible 43-point performance in Illinois' 79-74 win over #5 Ohio State on Tuesday. Paul's performance will go down as one of the best single-game performances in both Illinois and Big Ten history. The numbers below show just how special of a game it was for the junior from Gurnee, Ill.

1. Paul's 43 points are the third-most in a game in school history, behind only Dave Downey's 53 against Indiana in 1963 and Andy Kaufmann's 46 against Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1990. Paul entered the game with a career-high of 23 points.

2. Paul's 43 points also equaled the second-highest single-game total in the NCAA this season, behind only Creighton's Doug McDermott, who scored 44 points vs. Bradley on Jan. 7.

3. Paul hit 8-of-10 from three-point range to match the Illinois record for most threes in a game. He shares the record with Dee Brown, Trent Meacham and Kevin Turner.

4. Paul was incredibly efficient in the game, hitting 11-of-15 (.733) field goals, 8-of-10 (.800) three-pointers and 13-of-15 (.867) from the line. With 43 points on just 15 field goal attempts, Paul is the first player in the past 16 seasons with 43+ points on 15 or fewer FGA. (available data dates back to 1996-97)

5. Paul scored Illinois' final 15 points of the game over the last 2:40, hitting 2-of-2 three-pointers and 9-of-10 free throws to outscore Ohio State 15-8 down the stretch.

6. In the first half, Paul accounted for all 10 points in a 10-0 Illini run over a span of 2:24 that turned a 23-15 deficit into a 25-23 lead.

7. Paul also had a team-high eight rebounds and a career-high four blocks, including a key one late on Jared Sullinger with 30 seconds remaining. Over the past 10 seasons, the only other players with 40 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in a game are Al Thornton (2006-07) and Chris Kaman (2002-03).

8. Paul's 43 points were the most by a Big Ten player in a game since Glenn Robinson scored 44 vs. Kansas in the 1994 Sweet 16. They were the most in a Big Ten Conference game since Robinson scored 49 vs. Illinois on March 13, 1994.

9. The 43 points by Paul are the fourth-most points ever scored against Ohio State and are the most against the Buckeyes since Central Michigan's Tommie Johnson had 45 on Jan. 2, 1987.

10. Paul scored 28 points in the second half alone, more than any Illini player has scored in a full game this season.

(Shoutouts to @BTNStatsGuy and @ESPNStatsInfo for some of the data)

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