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March 4th

Pac Ten Blog

Pac-10 “Co-Players of the Week”

March 1st

SEC Blog

Player of the Week

Big Ten Blog

Player of the Week

JaJuan Johnson

JaJuan JohnsonJaJuan JohnsonPurdue continued its march up the polls and towards a top two seeding in the NCAA tournament this week with a pair of road wins over rivals Indiana and Michigan State. As has been the case all year, the Boilermakers were led by their senior stars. JaJuan Johnson was nothing short of dominant. In their game at Indiana, Johnson helped build a big early lead. He had 11 points to open up a 13-point lead early in the second half. The Hoosiers attempted to mount a run outscoring Purdue 16-6 over the next eight minutes, but before too much damage could be done Johnson hit a jumper and got an and-one on successive possessions to allow Purdue to regain control for good. Against Michigan State, Johnson had a double-double by halftime and finished the game with 20 points, 17 rebounds and 7 blocks in a 67-47 win. Those 17 rebounds were a career-high. He finished the week averaging 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks per game.

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Michigan to make a play for 4/5 spot

While the Wolverines were not able to pull off the upset of Wisconsin on Wednesday, they were able to get big come from behind win on the road against Minnesota to save face for the week. With one more regular season conference game, Michigan is 8-9 in the league. If they beat 8-8 Michigan State at home, they will likely be tied with Illinois (who is 8-8 with a game at Purdue and one versus Indiana) at 9-9. Penn State is 8-8 with a game against Ohio State and Minnesota left. The Wolverines then would have a .500 record in league play with regular season sweeps over Penn State and Michigan State on their resume. If they could then beat Illinois in the 4/5 game, they would have played themselves into a favorable bubble position. It is still a lot of ifs, but nobody could have imagined Michigan even giving themselves this chance when they were 11-9 overall with a 1-6 mark in the Big Ten.

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.

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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.