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December 18th

Big East Blog

Player of the Week

Rick Jackson

Rick JacksonRick JacksonJackson may not have the flash or the scoring numbers, but his consistent play for the 5th ranked team in the country should get him some recognition. He's had a double double in all but 2 games, while leading the Big East in rebounding at 12.5 per contest. Against Michigan State, Jackson put up 17 points and 16 boards, providing the Orange with an inside force that can score in the post or off second chance opportunities. Shooting 58% from the floor, Jackson has been a big reason for the Orange early season success.

Cold

Darius Johnson-Odom

In a week of few games, it was pretty easy to pick out the cold player of the week. Congratulations Darius Johnson-Odom, your inspiring 1 for 9 performance at Wisconsin has earned you the worst performance of the week honors, and a third non-conference loss. Marquette is going to need DJO to get it going if they want to make a Big East run when conference play begins.

December 15th

Pac Ten Blog

Player of the Week

EJ Singler

Oregon sophomore EJ Singler had an efficient and effective week recording impressive statistical games against Willamette and Jacksonville State. Singler finished the week averaging 16 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block and a half per contest. His shot was also in good form, scoring his points on 78.6 percent shooting from the floor, 50 percent from behind the three point line and a perfect 7-7 from the charity stripe. The Ducks increased their record to 7-3 and are out performing expectations in large part to the play of Singer and senior Joevan Catron. Singler has notched two double-doubles this season including a monster game last Saturday against Willamette, where he scored 18 points and grabbed 17 boards. He’s scored in double figures in all but one game this season and is shooting above 50 percent for the season from the field and from three.

December 14th

SEC Blog

Player of the Week

Scotty Hopson, Tennessee

Scotty HopsonScotty HopsonIn a week where the Volunteers played just one game, Hopson still nabs POW honors by a landslide. Hopson scored a career-high 27 points in an 83-76 road victory over third ranked Pittsburgh, showing off the all-court offensive attack NBA scouts have been anxiously waiting for him to unveil. He attacked the hoop finishing with ferocious dunks in traffic, nailed smooth pull-up and J's, was a perfect 3-3 from behind the arc and got to the free throw line five times. When he comes to play with an aggressive mindset, there's little resistance that defenses can offer. He was on a mission Saturday, slicing and dicing through a top echelon defensive unit with a strong foundation and athletic wings. If he wants to re-emerge in the first round conversation, or potentially beyond, these efforts need to become regularity, and not "wow, look what Hopson CAN do”.

December 13th

Big Ten Blog

Player of the Week

Jared Sullinger

Jared SullingerJared SullingerGames played while a team is heading into the end of the term can always be tricky, and sometimes are best simply to get them over with and burn the tape. Ohio State as a team did not have the best showing against IUPUI on Thursday night. The team that had not allowed their opponents to score more than 45 points in any the past four games was not at their typically high level. IUPUI came out scoring on six of their first seven possessions to start the game en route to 35 for the half and a tie ballgame. They followed it up by starting out the second half strong as well scoring on seven of their first nine possessions opening up a nine point lead. Sullinger took advantage of the overmatched Jaguar zone and put in his final 22 points in the final 11:43 to lead Ohio State to a 76-65 win. He ended up breaking the Ohio State freshman scoring record with 40 points in the game, and the first Buckeye to hit the 40 point mark since Dennis Hopson in 1986. With finals over with on Sunday, Ohio State did not have the same problems with slow starts jumping on Western Carolina early with a well balanced attack and ended up cruising to a 25 point win. While Sullinger did not have another 40, he get to the line all afternoon putting in nine of twelve to help get him 17 points on just 8 field goal attempts.

Hot

Michigan’s Improved Play

Before the season, it was difficult to see how Michigan would be able to improve in a season where the conference is especially loaded and the two dominant players from last year, DeShawn Sims and Manny Harris, were no longer with them. The beginning of the season did not dispel that sentiment when the Wolverines dropped their two games at the Legends Classic in Atlantic City and struggled mightily to score points having shot 36-115 from the field. Since that trip, however, Michigan has started figuring things out. Darius Morris has made great strides as the leader of the offense and understanding the strengths and weaknesses of his teammates. In their three recent wins over Clemson, Harvard, and Utah, Morris has averaged 15 points, 7.7 assists, 3 steals, 5 rebounds, and only 3 turnovers per game. As Head Coach John Beilein put it "He's 0-fer (on lobs)" but of late he is throwing less of them. In Evan Smotrycz, Tim Hardaway Jr., Zack Novak, and Stu Douglass, Michigan has players around Morris who can score, but none are the above the rim athletes he seems to be accustomed. With the top half of the conference as strong as it with five teams in the top 25, it is unlikely Michigan works its way too far up the league standings, but they are making the case that there are not going to be any gimme games once league play starts.

December 9th

Big East Blog

Player of the Week

December 8th

Big 12 Blog

Player of the Week

December 7th

Pac Ten Blog

Player of the Week

SEC Blog

Player of the Week

December 5th

Big Ten Blog

Players of the Week

December 3rd

ACC Blog

By Tyler Ingle

Player of the Week

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie IrvingKyrie IrvingIrving has not had any trouble adjusting to the college level. He's maintained the same leadership and defensive intensity qualities that made him the top point guard in his high school class. The freshman is already leading the ACC in assists (5.6) and he's been efficient about it (2.3 A/TO ratio). He's also been a hound on defense, showing great intensity and a commitment to shutting his man down. Irving is making open shots (52.2% from the field, 44% behind the arc) and hitting his free throws (88.1%). This week, he torched the 6th ranked Michigan State Spartans with 31 points on 8-12 shooting. This performance against one of the very best teams in the nation shows that Irving (while consistent) is not timid or afraid of stepping up for his team. He's been a great addition for the defending national champions, and will certainly be in the discussion for ACC Freshman of the Year.

Hot

Jordan Williams

Maryland center Jordan Williams is coming off a very promising freshman season, in which he averaged about 10 points and 9 rebounds. Expectations on him were high after Maryland lost their senior trifecta of Vasquez, Milbourne and Hayes. Eight games into the season, and Williams hasn’t disappointed in the slightest. Listed at 6’10” and 260 lbs, Williams utilizes his size very well to establish deep post position. He then uses his footwork to get close to the basket where he converts at a very high clip (57%). He’s rather adapt at drawing contact, but like a lot of young bigs, has some trouble capitalizing on these opportunities (52.5% from the stripe). This week, Williams averaged 19.5 points and 12 rebounds a game. If he can keep this up, he’ll be a force to be reckoned with come January.