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Archive - Feb 2011 - Blog entry

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February 26th

ACC Blog

Player of the Week

February 25th

Big East Blog

Player of the Week

Marshon Brooks

Pac Ten Blog

Player of the Week

February 21st

Big Ten Blog

Player of the Week

SEC Blog

Co-Players of the Week

Terrence JonesTerrence JonesTerrence Jones and Brandon Knight, Kentucky

The comforts of Rupp Arena and a light schedule were welcome sights to the Wildcats, and their freshman duo in particular. Kentucky scored 85 points and shot 56% in a victory over Mississippi State (trailed 40-39 at halftime), and scored 90 on 50% field goals in a thrashing of hapless South Carolina. Jones was at his versatile, controlled best, notching 18 points (54% FG, 9-12 FT), 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 1.5 steals per game in the two home wins. Knight's distribution skills were on full display, dishing out 8 assists per game (2.5 turnovers) to go with 18 points, 4.5 rebounds and 50% shooting from the floor. The 'Cats will be seeking their first conference road win at Arkansas on Wednesday, and the composure of the freshmen will once again be put to the test.

Honorable Mention: The third freshman piece, Doron Lamb, deserves considerable recognition. He averaged 19 points nailing 12-19 field goals, 6-8 three pointers and 8-10 free throws.

Hot

Scotty Hopson, Tennessee

"Inspired Scotty" showed up this week, demonstrating his unique scoring ability and athletic prowess. Hopson scored 23 points in a home victory over South Carolina, cashing in 3 trey's and 6 of 7 free throws, while also posterizing the Gamecocks Brian Richardson. He poured in 32 of the Vols 63 total points in a home loss versus Georgia, converting 12 of 19 field goals and getting to the charity stripe on 10 occasions (6 makes). Outside of Hopson and Tobias Harris (18), no other Tennessee player chipped in more than three points. The Volunteers travel to Memorial Gymnasium for a bout with Vanderbilt on Tuesday, however, at this stage they are simply playing for seeding (6-6 in SEC).

Honorable Mention: John Jenkins continues to stroke it, scoring 21.5 per game on 10 composite three-point makes. He scored all 21 of his points in the second half of Wednesday's road triumph at Georgia. CLUTCH. UK's Darius Miller averaged 17.5 per game (including a career-high 22 versus SC) knocking down 9 of 15 from beyond the arc and swatting 5 shots (1.2 on the season).

February 19th

ACC Blog

Player of the Week

Jeff Allen

Big East Blog

Player of the Week

Kemba Walker

Kemba WalkerKemba WalkerKemba Walker AKA The One Man Band was up to his old tricks this week, dropping 31 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds on Georgetown, ending the Hoyas 8 game win streak. He was unstoppable getting to the basket, making it easier for Walker to create separation on jumpers off the dribble. Earlier in the week, Walker put up 22 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds against Providence on 7-10 shooting, including 3-4 from downtown and only 1 turnover. As his assist numbers continue to rise, so will his stock as an NBA point guard.

*** Check out Walker deciding the backboard was a better option than a teammate - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBiR9UwAPSk

Feelin' It

Marshon Brooks, G, Providence - This dude just can't be contained. His arms are so long I've seen him finger roll from the free throw line (Brent Barry style though, foot halfway across). He's averaging 30 points and 7.7 rebounds per game over his last four.

Dwight Hardy,G, St. Johns - Hardy is averaging 25 points per game over his last six, including 17 for his last 33 from downtown. St. Johns goes as far as Hardy can take em'.

Brandon Triche, G, Syracuse - Triche's confidence is sky high, and as a result he's playing the best basketball of his career. He's scored 20 and 21 in the last two games respectively, looking comfortable shooting the ball and finishing after contact.

Jonathan Mitchell, F, Rutgers - Mitchell is in the zone, scoring over 21 points in four consecutive games. Nailing 16 of his last 27 three point attempts (59%), Mitchell has found a groove for a team that lacks any real appeal.

February 17th

Pac Ten Blog

Pac-10 “Player of the Week”

Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah ThomasIsaiah ThomasAfter ending up on the NBADraft.net’s Pac-10 “Cold List” last week Thomas and the Huskies responded with home wins against the Cal Bears and Stanford Cardinal. Washington remained undefeated at home and Thomas once again proved that he enjoys playing against Cal. He scored 23 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished out 9 assists against the Bears this week. In Washington’s two games against California this season Thomas is averaging 25 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists per game while shooting 55.6 percent from the floor, 52.9 percent from the three point line and a perfect 11 for 11 from the foul line. Thomas added 22 points, 2 rebounds and an assist this week against the Stanford Cardinal.

In Washington’s wins

Thomas - (50.2% FG) (42.7% 3PT) 18.5 PPG / 4.2 RPG / 6.1 APG / 2.4 TOs / 1.5 SPG

In Washington’s losses

Thomas - (32.1% FG) (23.5% 3PT) 13.4 PPG / 2.6 RPG / 4.7 APG / 4.4 TOs / 0.9 SPG

What’s “Hot” in the Pac-10?

Jeremy Green

Green is struggling with consistency this season and was particularly unimpressive through the first half of Pac-10 Conference play. Green who was touted as Stanford’s best offensive player entering the season was averaging just 11.6 points per game through the first half of the conference schedule. In those games Green shot 31.7 percent from the floor and 32.1 percent from behind the three point arc. He shot the ball well from distance (43.8 percent) during the non-conference schedule, but only eclipsed the 40 percent mark once through the first nine games of the conference slate. However, the second time through the conference schedule is proving to be more to Green’s liking. In the four games since the half way point, Green is averaging 23 points per game and recorded his first double-double of the season. He is also shooting the ball well from the floor (52.7 percent), from three (55.6 percent) and from the foul line (86.4 percent).

February 15th

SEC Blog

Player of the Week

February 14th

Big Ten Blog

Player of the Week

Jordan Taylor

Jordan TaylorJordan TaylorWith 13:21 left in Saturday’s big game, Wisconsin was down 15 points at home to top team in the country. The Badgers had scored 32 points in close to 27 minutes, and defensively had no answer for Jared Sullinger. Jordan Taylor then led a run left no doubt about the caliber of player he has become and the potential of the 2011 Wisconsin team. Over the next ten minutes, the Badgers outscored Ohio State 32-12. During that time, Taylor had 18 points on 6-6 shooting with 3 assists that led to another 8 points. His only missed shot during that time was a free throw, and in true Jordan Taylor form was turnover free over the span. Ever since Big Ten play started, Taylor has played at an All-American level. In conference play, he is now averaging 20.8 PPG (2nd in the league), 4.9 APG (5th in the league), and 4.5 RPG with incredible efficiency statistics. He is shooting 46 percent from the floor, 43 percent from 3, and 84 percent from the line to give him a true field goal percentage of 62.5 percent and an efficiency field goal percentage of 55.2 percent. Taylor led the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio last season with a 2.8:1 mark, and this year is at an unbelievable 4.2:1 ratio.

While the loss takes perfection off the table for Ohio State, it does not alter their position as the top team in the Big Ten and clear #1 seed in the NCAA tournament. They are also still the favorites to win it, because they still have the most dominant big man in the country with shooters all around him. They simply got out-starred on Saturday when Taylor went on that run. The win for Wisconsin, however, highlights the point made in last week’s blog about his development being the catalyst behind this Badger team being capable of going deep in March. Taylor’s extremely productive and efficient scoring and playmaking has Wisconsin at the top of several impressive categories. The team is currently ranked as the most efficient offensive team in the country with Ken Pomeroy recording that on average they score 123.2 points per 100 possessions. Connected to that statistic is that there is also no team that is turning the ball over on fewer possessions than Wisconsin’s 13.6 percent. It cannot be understated how valuable a point guard is who can be so involved in the offense and simply not make mistakes. In many ways, the only thing separating the play of Jordan Taylor and Jimmer Fredette is the pace at which their teams play. The pace of play does matter to perception, because Fredette is now a national sensation (and frankly deservedly so) but Taylor did not even get named as a finalist for the Cousy Award. If nothing else, the win over Ohio State was a nationally televised announcement of how great he and Wisconsin can be.