College basketball's weekly honors headlined by Boiling-hot Purdue, upstart Stanford
It's Monday, which means it's time for the weekly honors. The best of yet another eventful week in college basketball:
Team of the Week
It has to be Purdue. The Boilermakers had their toughest week of the season since the Battle 4 Atlantis. And they passed it with an A. The Boilermakers won a late-possession game at Michigan before going to Minnesota and destroying the Gophers 81-47.
Purdue has won 13 games in a row and after Michigan upset Michigan State, the Boilermakers are the favorite now to win the Big Ten regular-season title. Purdue is also making a strong case to be a No. 1 seed. Purdue has SIX quadrant 1 wins (the most in the NCAA) and THREE (tied for sixth in this category) quadrant 2 wins for an RPI of 9.
Player of the Week
You may have heard of him: Trae Young, Oklahoma. Young leads the country in scoring (30.1) and assists (9.9) after amazing week. Young scored 43 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed 11 rebounds (he did have nine turnovers) in the 102-97 overtime win over TCU.
The Sooners beat Texas Tech earlier in the week and Young did this thing again with 27 points and nine assists. Digest these numbers in the month of January: 31 ppg, 7.7 apg in four games. This is his player of the year race to lose with 14 regular-season games remaining.
The Backup Five
Chandler Hutchison, 6-7, Sr., G, Boise State: Dumped 44 points, eight rebounds, made 7 of 10 3s, 15 of 21 overall, in 35 minutes in an 83-80 victory over San Diego State. The Broncos are in the thick of the Mountain West title race, just one game behind undefeated Nevada in the MWC.
Keenan Evans, 6-3, Sr., G, Texas Tech: Scored 20 points, grabbed five boards, made 8 of 9 free-throws, in the Red Raiders 72-71 victory over West Virginia. The win keeps the Red Raiders in the chase for the Big 12 title.
Robert Franks, 6-7, Jr., F, Washington State: Franks led the Cougars to a 78-53 victory over Cal to snap a four-game losing streak by scoring 34 points on 10 of 13 3-point shooting. Franks could help Wazzu be a spoiler in the Pac-12 race.
Averyl Ugba, 6-7, Sr., F, Austin Peay: He was a dominating presence for the Governors in their 87-67 win at Jacksonville with 35 points, 11 boards. He made a high percentage 17 of 21 shots. The Governors are now 5-1 in the Ohio Valley.
Travis Weatherington, 6-2, Jr., G, Hartford: The Hawks are now an upper division team in the America East at 3-1 (they also won at Rutgers and have won five of their last six). And Weatherington has a lot to do with that after he scored 34 points and a school-record 10 3-pointers (in 11 attempts) in the 97-65 win over Binghamton. Weatherington didn’t get to the free-throw line. He didn’t need since he was 12 of 14 overall from the field.
Don’t look now but…
UConn has won three in a row after winning at Tulane. The Huskies can’t get an at-large berth, but they could certainly play a spoiler role in the American.
The A-10 Coach of the Year could be...
Keith Dambrot, if Duquesne stays in the race. The Dukes beat La Salle in triple overtime to move to 3-1 in the league. Dambrot left a comfortable situation at Akron to take over a dormant program in Pittsburgh. Well, he’s awaken it and the Dukes are exploding onto the A-10 scene.
David Padgett continues…
To do a solid job with Louisville in the ACC despite plenty of hurdles tossed his way. The Cardinals beat Virginia Tech and won at Florida State to move to 3-1 in the league — all since getting blown out at Kentucky.
It will be hard to top the emotion of…
Texas’s double overtime win over TCU last week. The win came after the Longhorns learned of the leukemia diagnosis of Andrew Jones. Texas fell at Oklahoma State by one on Saturday and had to be emotional spent.
The most impressive win of the season may be…
Villanova’s 89-65 dismantling of Xavier in Philadelphia. The Musketeers are still a Final Four contender, but the Wildcats absolutely blitzed them.
The early lead in the Horizon goes to...
Wright State, thanks to its knocking off Northern Kentucky 84-81 on a Cole Gentry layup and free throws. Wright State did win at Georgia Tech earlier in the season. Wright State is now 13-5 overall, 5-0 in the Horizon.
The most surprising team in the Pac-12 may be…
Stanford. The Cardinal is now 4-1 after sweeping the Washington schools on the road. Stanford has the play of the year in college basketball when Deajon Davis threw up a 50-foot 3-pointer to beat USC a week ago in Palo Alto.
The player making waves in the CAA is...
Justin Wright-Foreman, who's making a name for himself with Hofstra. He scored 35 points, hit six 3s in a Jalen Ray buzzer-beating win over Towson. Wright-Foreman added 20 points in a road win at Drexel as Hofstra moved to 4-2 in the Colonial.