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Archive - 2010

December 27th

Pitino's plan not coming to fruition

December 25th

ACC Blog

Player of the Week

Malcolm Grant

Malcolm GrantMalcolm GrantThe Miami (FL) Hurricanes are on a tear, having won eight of their last nine games (the loss courtesy of the currently undefeated Central Florida Knights). One of the biggest reasons for their recent success is the staggering offensive play of guard Malcolm Grant. In four games this week, Grant averaged 19 points on an impressive 53% shooting. Also in that time-frame, Grant shot 60% from behind the arc (9/15). A good deal of Grant's points come from the free throw line (shot 33 free throws this week) due to his aggressive nature, ball handling ability and quickness. He takes full advantage of this by converting free throws at a high clip of 90%. His finishing ability is a weakness and he's not a true point guard, but he has been a valuable asset for the Hurricanes this season and should help them be a competitive team when conference play starts up.

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Biko Paris

Boston College continues to impress this season. Reggie Jackson deserves a lot of credit for the Eagles' very respectable 11-2 record, but he's not alone in that regard. Senior guard Biko Paris is also making a significant impact for the squad. After coming off a season where he averaged less than 5 points a game (41% shooting) in over 25 minutes, Paris is now averaging close to 12 points per game on 48% shooting and he's getting those points primarily from behind the arc. He's made at least one three in each of his last ten games, and he's made 16 threes in his past three games on 59% shooting. The abrupt development in his outside shooting makes the Eagles a much more threatening team, and gives his backcourt partner (Jackson) an easy drive-and-kick target. The two are working together very well, and have each other to thank for their sudden spikes in productivity/efficiency.

Ricky Ledo commits to Friars

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Providence Journal
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Kanter's father says son would return to UK

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Sports Illustrated
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December 24th

Big East Blog

Player of the Week

Tim AbromaitisTim AbromaitisTim Abromaitis, F, Notre Dame

After a shaky start shooting the ball, Tim Abromaitis caught fire this past week, scoring 21 points or more in three consecutive games at a 58% clip. Usually when shots start falling, confidence and general activity level start rising, which in this case lead to an average of 9 rebounds per game over his hot stretch. Abromaitis is a tough matchup for any power forward, as he makes up for his lack of strength with a smooth, comfortable outside stroke and a versatile offensive repertoire. If you appreciate white guys that can score, check out Abromaitis battle Georgetown Wednesday on ESPN2- should be a good one.

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Ben Hansbrough, G, Notre Dame

Just once I want to see what the Notre Dame offense looks like when both Abromaitis and Hansbrough are on point. Ben shot a combined 3-13 from downtown this past week, which is pretty weak considering that's his primary responsibility. That's like the exterminator coming to your house and telling you he only got some of the rodents.

Renardo Sidney Suspended Indefinitely

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MState Athletics
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Sidney acting like we've enabled him to

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Fox Sports
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