With his seven blocks last night at Texas Tech, Mohamed Bamba broke the record for blocks in a season by a Texas player and also surpassed the mark for Big 12 freshmen.
He’s not done yet. Not even close. The calendar flipped to February after Bamba broke former Longhorn Chris Owens’s record of 92 blocked shots, set in 2000-01. Mihm blocked 90 shots for the Longhorns during his freshman season of 1997-98.
Bamba is blocking shots at a rate not seen in the Big 12 since Jeff Withey graduated from Kansas. Just take a look at these numbers:
- 93 — Blocks for Bamba through 21 games
- 43 — Blocks in 9 conference games
- 4.4 — Blocks per game
- 5.8 — Blocks per 40 minutes
- 8.6 — Blocks per 100 possessions
- 15.9 — Estimated percentage of opponent 2-point field goals blocked with Bamba on the floor.
Currently, Bamba ranks first in all of Division I in total blocks and blocks per game. He’s on pace to challenge the following records, in addition to the ones he has already broken.
- 65 — Record for blocks in Big 12 games only, held by Withey (2011-12). Bamba is on pace for 86.
- 4.2 — Big 12 career record for blocks per game, held by Kelvin Cato (Iowa State, 1996-97).
- 146 — Big 12 record for blocks in a season, held by Withey (2012-13). Bamba is on pace for 136 in the regular season.
The record for most blocked shots by a freshman in NCAA history belongs to Anthony Davis, who swatted 186 attempts for Kentucky on the way to the 2012 national championship. Bamba likely won’t be getting anywhere near that record, but his freshman season will still register as one of the all-time great campaigns for a rookie rim protector.
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