Player of the Week
LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor
He's only played three games since returning, but what a three-game run. Dunn is averaging 22.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game while shooting 52.5 percent from the field and 51.6 percent on 3-pointers. Sure, the four turnovers a game could use work. But he's still getting his feet under him after a suspension for an assault charge. Dunn may be the nation's best scorer, and with him, the Bears are legitimate national championship contenders. He's got a bruised forearm but almost two weeks to recover. He's a measurable talent.
There's something to be said for winning, regardless of method, and Kansas hasn't always been pretty. But the Jayhawks are 8-0 after a win over Memphis on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Sure, Kansas needed some help from the refs to beat UCLA on Thursday. But the Jayhawks are doing it without Josh Selby, who may be the team's best talent. Marcus Morris is among the best offensive post players in the country. Kansas has enough frontcourt depth with the Morris twins and Thomas Robinson, and enough talent on the wings, that when Selby is finally eligible on Dec. 18 against Southern Cal, the Jayhawks should be one of the nation's best teams and prepared to battle with Baylor and Kansas State for the Big 12's top spot.
The loss to Georgia was one thing, but Colorado has since lost to San Francisco and Harvard. Yes, Harvard. A dominating win against Oregon State was a nice reprieve from the badness, but Cory Higgins has not been himself this season and is strugging with his shot, while the team's big men have yet to get their act together. Levi Knutson and Marcus Relphorde are good complimentary parts, and Alec Burks is a star, but right now the Buffaloes are going to need a very strong Big 12 season to make the NCAA Tournament. An NIT bid would be a disappointment for this team.
Top-five rebounders in the Big 12
1. Markieff Morris, Kansas -- 9.1 rebounds in 19.9 minutes per game
The lesser of the Morris twins offensively, Markieff has dealt with foul trouble this season. He has at least four fouls in six of Kansas' eight games. But man can he rebound and defend when he's on the court. His rebound rate is outstanding, though he could use more offensive rebounds -- he's currently grabbing roughly 1.5 offensive boards a game. Still, Morris dominates the defensive boards at a rate that makes him the Big 12's best rebounder.
2. Darrell Williams, Oklahoma State -- 10.4 rebounds in 23.5 minutes per game
At his third college in three years, the junior college transfer has big a big and unexpected force for the Cowboys. At 6-foot-8, 255 pounds, he has the size to bang in the Big 12, even if his big numbers so far have been put up against lesser competition. December should be an interesting month for Williams and the 7-1 Cowboys, who face much stiffer competition in the coming months.
3. Jake Anderson, Iowa State -- 8.4 rebounds in 31.9 minutes per game
After playing three years and graduating from Northern Illinois, Anderson was a relative unknown on new coach Fred Hoiberg's Cyclones. But the newcomer has used his 6-foot-2 frame to emerge as Iowa State's top rebounder this season. Inch-for-inch, he matches wits with anyone in the country on the boards.
4. Ricardo Ratliffe, Missouri -- 8.3 rebounds in 25.4 minutes per game
Ratliffe is slow-footed, but the juco transfer can really get after it on the boards. He's averaging more than three offensive rebounds per game, which has really helped the 6-1 Tigers. The 6-foot-8 junior has already posted four double-digit efforts on the boards, and he can score in the paint, too.
5. Quincy Acy, Baylor -- 9.2 rebounds in 31.8 minutes per game
Perry Jones is the Bears big man everyone is talking about, but Acy, a 6-foot-7 junior, is far more active on the boards than his 6-foot-11 counterpart. While Jones uses his height, length and leaping ability for his nine rebounds per game, Acy is just an active pogo stick who paints himself all over the glass.
Honorable mention: Marshall Moses, Oklahoma State; Thomas Robinson, Kansas; Perry Jones, Baylor.