Monday, January 31, 2011

College Basketball Weekly Recap

Team of the Week
Louisville Cardinals
Peyton Siva was turned into a star and the Cardinals had their best week of the season. Earlier in the week they came back from 11 down to knock off a tough West Virginia squad thanks to a buzzer beater by Siva and then on Saturday Louisville came to Hartford and beat  Kemba Walker and #5 UConn thanks to more great plays by Peyton Siva. The Cardinals also did this with a couple role players missing so watch out for the Cardinals in the Big East, especially at KFC Yum! Center.

The Hoyas showed that they are a top tier team in the Big East this week with a huge 25 point win over St. Johns and then on Saturday they went into Philadelphia and beat #7 Villanova thanks to Austin Freeman. The Hoyas have now won four in a row.

They were my team of the week last week and they could have been up there again with a huge win over Oklahoma St and then an impressive win over #12 Missouri on Saturday. The Longhorns have jumped up 8 spots in the polls in the last few weeks and they should keep rolling in the Big 12.

North Carolina:
Harrison Barnes and the Tarheels are starting to get back to their "Tarheel" form with two more solid wins this week. Barnes hit a buzzer beater to knock off Miami and then they ran by NC State. Look for the Tarheels to be the second best team in the ACC.

Penn State:
The Nittany Lions are the trap team in the Big 10. This week they proved they could fight with the others when they beat Iowa and then took out #15 Wisconsin. If the Lions can get some upsets wins at Illinois or Minnesota then we could possibly see them dancing.

Player of the Week
Jimmer Fredette: BYU
Jimmer was the talk of college basketball this week and became the front runner in the player of the year race with his performances this week. Everyone heard about his amazing 43 point performance vs #4 and previously undefeated San Diego St. and helped his Cougars comeback to get the win. He now has a mark on all 6'2 195 pounds of him whoever he plays. His Cougars fell over the weekend at home but Jimmer still managed to score 32 points and continued as the nations leading scorer by a growing margin. 


Mike Singletary: Texas Tech
The senior came off the bench to score 33 points and grab 10 rebounds in the Red Raiders win over Iowa St and then followed up the performance with 25 points vs Oklahoma St. Texas Tech is starting to make some upset noise in the Big 12. 

Tu Holloway: Xavier
The Junior guard had a career high 33 points and was 17-17 from the free throw line in the Muskies huge win over Richmond. The guard has led a Xavier team that is undefeated in the A10 and is looking for another tournament bid. 

C.J. Wilkerson: North Carolina Central
He started the week off with a career high 41 points and 15-15 from the charity strike. He followed up with 25 and 18 in two more wins for NCCU. Wilkerson is averaging 31.3 ppg in his past three road games and the Eagles went 3-0. 

Ricky Taylor: Chattanooga
He scored a career high 41 points and also hit a game winning shot in double overtime to help Chattanooga get the 111-110 win. 

James Johnson: Quinnipiac
Johnson connected on seven 3s en route to a career-high 38 points in the Q's 69-61 home win over Robert Morris. The 6-foot guard also added eight rebounds against the team that cost the Bobcats a first-ever tourney bid in last year's NEC final.
Julian Boyd: Long Island
Speaking of lights-out performances in the Northeast Conference, Boyd was a monster in a win at Fairleigh Dickinson, tallying 34 points and 16 rebounds for the first-place Blackbirds.

Austin Freeman: Georgetown
The Hoyas are back on track and are being led by Freeman, the senior guard who poured in 30 points and dished out six assists in his team's 69-66 win at Villanova. Of the team's final 12 points, Freeman scored 10 of them and had the assist on the other two.

Steven Pledger: Oklahoma
The Sooners snapped a 19-game losing streak away from home by riding the back of Pledger, who scored 12 of his 38 points in overtime of a 82-76 win at Iowa State. The sophomore was 12-of-20 from the field and 7-of-13 from beyond the arc.

Kenneth Faried: Morehead State
Against division co-leader Tennessee State, all Faried did was throw up a 23-23, as in 23 points and 23 rebounds, the latter of which matched the total for the entire TSU team.

Upset Alert!

#14 Notre Dame over #2 Pittsburgh 56-51

Seton Hall blew out #10 Syracuse 90-68

Providence takes out #7 Villanova 83-68

Indiana holds on past #21 Illinois 52-49

#19 Louisville outlasts #5 UConn 79-78 in 2OT

New Mexico over #9 BYU 86-77 (called this one, trap game)

Nebraska over #11 Texas A&M 57-48

Marquette over struggling #10 Syracuse 76-70

Penn St over #15 Wisconsin 56-52

Arkansas takes down #22 Vanderbilt 89-78

Mississippi St pulls by #23 Florida 71-64

Portland whips #24 Saint Mary's 85-70 

St. Johns runs all over #3 Duke in a 93-78 win

Washington St takes down instate rival #17 Washington 87-80

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