Loud and Proud: 10 NCAA Records That Will Never Be Broken (#4)
What are the school and individual records that will never come close to being matched let along exceeded? In recent days, CollegeHoopedia.com has been designating the ultimate team and individual standards of excellence. Records were made to be broken, but perhaps not always in our lifetime. Following is #4 in the countdown of most illustrious NCAA achievements:
4. Pete Maravich's career scoring average of 44.2 points per game with a total of 28 contests scoring at least 50 points (for LSU from 1967-68 through 1969-70).
"Pistol Pete" set NCAA single-season records for most points (1,381) and highest average (44.5), finishing his career with NCAA career marks for most points (3,667) and highest average (44.2). He also established an NCAA record for most successful free throws in a game when he converted 30 of 31 foul shots at Oregon State. Maravich, who broke Oscar Robertson's NCAA career scoring mark with 13 regular-season games remaining, is the only player in NCAA Division I history to score more than 1,000 points and average over 40 points per game in each of three seasons.
Maravich's statistics would have been even more staggering if there had been a three-point basket at the time. He had 56 games with at least 40 points in his three-year career, including a school- and SEC-record 69 in a 106-104 postgame brawl-marred defeat at Alabama when he was hampered by leg ailments. No other player has had more than 21 games with a minimum of 40. He averaged more than 50 points per game in a 10-game stretch spanning the last three games of 1968-69 and the first seven games of 1969-70. Incredibly, Maravich improved his field-goal accuracy and assists average each year. Combining scoring and assists, Maravich was responsible for a whopping 59.4% of LSU's offense during his career.
Maravich never scored fewer than 30 points in back-to-back games and tallied under 20 just once (17 at Tennessee as a sophomore) in his three varsity seasons. The son of LSU coach Press Maravich was outscored in just one regular-season game by a teammate.
Maravich tallied more than 50 points in four outings against both SEC power Kentucky and intrastate independent rival Tulane. The Tigers lost all six times to Kentucky by double-digit margins despite his firepower. Here is a breakdown of how he amassed a 44.1-point career scoring average and modest 28-26 record in 54 games against SEC competition:
|Mississippi State||47.3 ppg||58||33||6-0|
NOTE: LSU guard Chris Jackson is the only player to compile single-game scoring outbursts higher than Maravich in SEC competition against Mississippi (55 points), Florida (53) and Tennessee (50).
Best estimates are that Maravich would have averaged eight three-point goals per game if the arc had been around during his college playing days, which would have increased his scoring average to in excess of 50 ppg. Following is a game-by-game summary of Pistol Pete's career showing how his prolific scoring produced so many records:
Sophomore (1967-68)/Record: 14-12; 8-10 in SEC
|Loyola (New Orleans)||22-43||7-11||9||51||90-56|
|at Mississippi State||13-38||8-12||7||34||94-83|
Junior (1968-69)/Record: 13-13; 7-11 in SEC
|at Loyola (New Orleans)||22-34||8-9||7||52||109-82|
|at Oklahoma City**||19-36||2-5||8||40||101-85|
|at Mississippi State||20-49||15-19||4||55||99-89|
|at Georgia (2OT)||21-48||16-25||6||58||90-80|
**All-College Tournament at Oklahoma City.
Senior (1969-70)/Record: 22-10; 13-5 in SEC
|Loyola (New Orleans)||17-36||9-10||6||43||100-87|
|at Oregon State||9-23||30-31||1||48||76-68|
|at Mississippi State||22-44||11-13||5||55||97-87|
|Army (NIT)||DNP/ankle & hip injuries||68-75|
***Rainbow Classic at Honolulu.
Career Scoring Site-of-Game Breakdown
Marks of Ownership
Three different Rhode Island State players in a six-year span set the major-college single-season scoring average record in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Maravich's record of 44.5 ppg in 1969-70 might never be eclipsed. Following is a look at how long players have held the NCAA Division I single-season scoring average standard
|Hank Luisetti||Stanford||one||17.1 ppg (1936-37)|
|Chester Jaworski||Rhode Island State||one||22.6 ppg (1938-39)|
|Stan Modzelewski||Rhode Island State||three||23.1 ppg (1939-40)|
|George Senesky||St. Joseph's||one||23.4 ppg (1942-43)|
|Ernie Calverley||Rhode Island State||seven||26.7 ppg (1943-44)|
|Bill Mlkvy||Temple||two||29.2 ppg (1950-51)|
|Frank Selvy||Furman||15||41.7 ppg (1953-54)|
|Pete Maravich||Louisiana State||43||44.5 ppg (1969-70)|