Archive - Dec 2010
Player of the Week
Joseph scored 27 in a grind it out win over Providence Tuesday night, playing 40 minutes and hitting a career high 4 three pointers. He's becoming the lead guy the Orange hoped he'd be heading into the season, scoring 20 or more 3 of his last 4. His athleticism and defensive potential as a swingman are unquestioned, but if he can continue to improve his outside shot and expand his game off the dribble, look for Joseph's stock to rise as a potential mid first rounder.
On the Rise...
St. Johns knocked off West Virginia this week in what was Steve Lavin's first big win as coach of the Red Storm. Seniors D.J. Kennedy, Justin Brownlee and Dwight Hardy combined for 54, using their experience and smarts to get to the line and keep West Virginia off of it. The big three combined to shoot 25-26 from the stripe in what was the clear difference in the game. With 5 seniors in the starting lineup, don't expect West Virginia to be the only team the Storm knock off in the Big East.
Player of the Week
Thompson is the first two-time “Player of the Week” winner this season. His performance in Hawaii surely opened the eyes of some of his critics. Thompson finished the week averaging 26.3 points, 3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals per contest. He was 25 of 46 from the field good for 54.3 percent and made 13 of his 25 attempts from the three point line (52%). Thompson has eclipsed the 20 point mark in eight of Washington States’ 12 games this season. Had the Cougars finished off the Butler game with a solid second half and a win, they would likely be the Pac-10s lone ranked team entering conference play.
With conference play set to begin, here's a hot and cold for each of the teams in the Pac-Ten through the non-conference portion of the schedule.
Best Win: North Carolina State (RPI 65)
Worst Loss: Brigham Young (RPI 3)