Based on her three-year career average of 24.5 PPG, Mitchell needs 40 games — that means a Final Four run — to pass Plum, according to Riley Foreman of ESPN Stats & Info. Mitchell’s best single-season scoring total was 889 (26.1 PPG) as a sophomore. Even if she averaged that this season, she’d need 38 games to pass Plum.
But Mitchell and the Buckeyes might be most successful if she doesn’t have to carry quite that heavy a load. McGuff said Mitchell benefited from playing with USA Basketball this offseason — for the U23 team at the Four Nations tournament in Japan and at the senior national team training camp in California.
For years, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen has been known as one of the most creative minds in football. This year, he has handed the play-calling reins over to his protégé Jake Spavital, and it has worked well: The Mountaineers sit fifth in the nation in total offense at 539 yards per game, after finishing 17th last year. This week Holgorsen faces one of his old bosses, Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy, in a reunion game of sorts.
I keep coming back to Ingles, who has had a very strong start to the season, aside from the Clippers game when he was sick. In 30-plus minutes per game, we can expect double-digit scoring with a few assists and/or steals. He already has five multi-steal games and a 2.2 steals/game average. The icing on the cake is that he matches up with a Mavericks team that currently ranks dead last in rebounding rate, potentially enhancing his production under the hoop.
After a sluggish start to the season, Jokic has recorded three double-doubles in a row, scoring at least 18 points in each of the last four games. He has a prime opportunity to put up a big game against Enes Kanter and the Knicks, who currently rank in the middle of the pack defensively, though in all honesty are probably more of a lower-end defense. Given Jokic’s affordable salary, he’s a strong value on Monday.