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November 21st, 2012

Big 12 Blog

Marcus SmartMarcus SmartPlayer of the Week:

Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

November 20th

SEC Blog

Player of the Week

Alex PoythressAlex PoythressAlex Poythress - Kentucky

November 15th

Big Ten Blog

Player of the Week

Keith ApplingKeith ApplingKeith Appling, Michigan State

Appling helped the Spartans avoid back-to-back 0-2 starts for the first time since 1899 and 1900 – the first two years of the program’s existence – with a great performance Tuesday against Kansas.

November 14th

Big 12 Blog

Player of the Week

Pierre JacksonPierre JacksonPierre Jackson, Baylor

November 13th

SEC Blog

Player of the Week

Jarrod PolsonJarrod PolsonJarrod Polson - Kentucky

March 12th

Pac 12 Blog

It has been, for the most part, a largely forgettable 2011-12 college basketball season for the Pac 12 Conference. But the NCAA tournament selection committee's decision to include just 2 teams (Colorado and California) and leave out the regular season champion Washington Huskies (14-4) was a huge slap in the face to the Conference (especially with a team like BYU getting in).

March 8th

ACC Blog

Player of the Week

Tyler Zeller

Tyler ZellerTyler ZellerFrom an NBA draft standpoint, Zeller has greatly raised his stock by becoming a better rebounder, a more polished defender and a smarter passer. It's refreshing to see a prospect that understands his weaknesses and uses his time at school to actually make himself a better player. The fact that Zeller has raised his field-goal shooting percentage and his point, rebound, assist, block and steal averages every single season of his college career is a great testament to his strong work ethic and willingness to improve. He capped off the regular season by scoring 19 points (9/11 from the floor) and pulling down 10 rebounds in an 88-70 blowout win at Duke. Not bad. Maybe it doesn't live up to the 30-point, 20-made free-throw standard that he set in his previous game (win against Maryland on Wednesday), but it did help his team win the regular-season title over their rivals. Anyway, Zeller was recently named the ACC Player of the Year, and it's hard to make a case for anybody else with the way he's been producing lately. If he can carry his recent play into the postseason, then UNC has at least a good chance of winning a national championship.

Hot

Ian Miller

I remember writing about Ian Miller last summer. Florida State wasn't a good offensive team the previous season, and after losing Chris Singleton to the NBA, they needed a new go-to scorer. Miller was a freak athlete and a quality shooter with a year under his belt. It appeared that he would have every opportunity to break out this season. While he didn't become a go-to scorer (not yet, anyway), he is averaging a respectable 10.8 points per game this year and did perform like a hero in last week's FSU/Virginia matchup. Miller scored 15 points in the second half, including the last second tie-breaking triple, to help FSU come back from a double-digit deficit to defeat the Cavaliers and clinch a first-round bye in the ACC tournament. This was only the latest in a series of clutch performances from FSU players. Forward Michael Snaer hit a buzzer-beating three in January to give the Seminoles a victory at Duke. He did it again a few weeks later, making a three with 2.6 seconds left to give his team a 48-47 win against Virginia Tech. Florida State is consistently a great defensive team, and there's little doubt they'll be taking that ability into the tournament with them. If Miller and Snaer are providing offense to go along with that, then FSU becomes a sleeper team.

March 7th

SEC Blog

Player of the Week

Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee

March 6th

Big East Blog

Player of the Week

Maalik Wayns, Villanova

Maalik WaynsMaalik WaynsWayns played well this week, going for 18 and 8 assists in a win over DePaul, and 26 and 5 in a tough loss to Cincy. He shot a combined 8-13 from downtown during the stretch, and if the Wildcats could stop anybody from scoring, they might have gotten two wins this week instead of one.

Heatin' Up

Jae Crowder, Marquette

March 5th

Big 12 Blog

Big 12 Player of the Year:

Thomas Robinson, Kansas

Thomas RobinsonThomas RobinsonAbsolutely dominated college basketball this season. His 18.0 and 11.9 rebounds per game brought Kansas yet another Big 12 regular season crown, and have him in the running for 2012 National Player of the Year.

Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year:

Jeff Withey, Kansas