Archive - 2011
Player of the Week
Darius Johnson Odom
He's simply been the man for one of most dangerous teams in the country. DJO scored a season low and a team high 17 points in a bold win at Wisconsin, knocking down big-time shots in baller fashion. Johnson-Odom showed off his pretty step back jumper, an attractive asset to have when it comes to evaluating prospects. His ability to score off the dribble and excel as a spot up shooter help offset some of the concerns over his size and lack of position. He's been a model of consistency, averaging 19.8 points on 57% shooting from the floor and 46% from downtown. With Marquette quietly playing some of the best ball in the country, DJO should see a rise in national press as one of the more gifted seniors in the game.
Mouphtaou Yarou F/C, Villanova
21 and 11 against Penn, 19 and 7 against Santa Clara. Key Stat: 19 free throw attempts between both games. Good sign of improvement.
Ryan Boatright PG, UConn
Boatright was the difference maker in Connecticut's win over Arkansas, finishing with 23 points, 6 assists and 5 boards. Boatright made plays as a facilitator in the half court and in transition, and proved effective splitting the D and shooting from outside.
Hollis Thompson SF, Georgetown
Thompson drilled a 3 off a dribble-handoff from 25 feet out to beat Alabama. He's averaging 17 a game over his last 3, shooting 10-17 (58%) from downtown. Thompson's range and stroke to go along with his ideal length for a 3 make him a compelling prospect.
December 5, 2011
Welcome to this Monday version of NCAA Daily. Hope that everyone had a great weekend and had a chance to watch some basketball! There were a number of great games this weekend and the marquee match-up definitely did not disappoint. Let's start the Daily:
The Block against UNC is a signature moment for Kentucky
Player of the Week:
Mike Moser, UNLV, PF, Sophomore, 6-8 195 lbs.
Moser has earned back-to-back Mid-Major “Player of the Week” honors after his performances against UC Santa Barbara, #1 North Carolina and USC over the past week. On Wednesday (Nov 30), UNLV beat UC Santa Barbara, 94-88, in double overtime, and Moser’s 34 points and 10 rebounds paved the way for the Rebels to reach an 8-0 record for the season. Last Saturday against #1 North Carolina, Moser was not intimidated by one of the top frontcourts in the country that included John Henson, Tyler Zeller and Harrison Barnes. Moser out-performed all of them, finishing with 16 points, 18 rebounds and 6 assists. He did foul out and have four turnovers, but he was one of the deciding factors in UNLV’s huge upset against the #1 ranked Tarheels. Against USC, Moser’s 10 points and 13 rebounds helped UNLV to an 11-point victory. For the season, Moser’s stat line is impressive: 17.5 PPG, 13.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.0 BPG and 2.5 SPG. He also leads the nation in rebounding.
Doug McDermott, Creighton, SF, Sophomore, 6-7 210 lbs.
McDermott is a repeat winner of the weekly “Who’s Hot?” award for Mid-Major players after guiding Creighton to a pair of impressive victories against San Diego State (7-1) and Campbell (5-1) this past week. In both games, McDermott had a double-double and shot “lights out” with 52.9 FG% against San Diego State and 68.4 FG% against Campbell. Against San Diego State, McDermott posted 25 points and 12 rebounds and eventually found his sharp-shooting efforts broadcasted on Wednesday (Nov 30) night’s edition of SportsCenter. Against Campbell, McDermott scored 31 points, gathered 11 rebounds and shot 66.7 percent from “trifecta” country. Creighton (5-0) will undoubtedly enter the Top 25 rankings released next week and McDermott is the main reason why the Blue Jays have been so successful.
Closing out the month 4-1 looked like a very real possibility for the Zhejiang Guangsha Golden Bulls on December 30. Facing a winless Shanghai squad devoid of anyone really able to stop NBA loaner Wilson Chandler, Guangsha seemed like a shoe-in. Chandler has averaged 33 pts per game over the first four games of the season and reports have been that no one has been able to stop him from filling it up.
But oh how expectations were dashed.
Last night saw the opening of the SEC/Big East Challenge, which like the ACC/Big 10 Challenge pits two major conferences against each other in a series of contests. Of course, this weekend also boasts some major marquee match-ups. Conference play is just around the corner and we are going to get a strong picture of which teams are contenders or pretenders. Let's kick off the Daily: