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Player of the Week

Jeff Withey, Kansas

Jeff WitheyJeff WitheyLost amid all the praise being thrown at Kansas power forward Thomas Robinson, is the 7'0 center. In an important 88-80 win over a tough and talented Long Beach State team, the senior recorded a monster stat-line, registering 13 points, 13 rebounds, and an incredible nine blocked shots. He has been playing a bit inconsistent this season, but when he plays well, the Jayhawks are a dangerous team capable of beating just about anyone. On the season, he is now averaging 8.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks per game. The former McDonald's All-American is putting together a very solid season season so far, and has the opportunity to be a game-changer for Kansas as the season goes on.

Who's Hot

Jordan Tolbert, Texas Tech

In what is shaping up to be a tough season for the Texas Tech Red Raiders, they have found a bright spot in the freshman forward. In a 75-69 loss to TCU this week, he erupted for a career high 27 points and 5 rebounds on 12-16 shooting from the floor. On the season, he is averaging 13.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. The Red Raiders desperately need a go-to-scorer, and Jordan Tolbert looks like he is going to be that guy.

Honorable Mention

[Player: Phil "Flip" Pressey], Missouri - In a hard fought 81-71 win over Villanova, he led Mizzou's charge with eight points, 12 assists, and 3 steals, while shooting 6-6 from the free-throw line.
Sheldon McCellan, Texas - 23 points and six rebounds in a Longhorn win over UT-Arlington. He shot 8-11 from the field, 4-6 from 3-point land, and 3-5 from the foul-line.

Who's Cold

[Player: Chris Babb, Iowa State]

The junior guard is having a tough week for the Cyclones. In the past two Iowa State contests, against Michigan and Prairie View A&M, he has had games far below what he is capable of producing. Against the Wolverines, he posted five points and five rebounds, and shot 2-12 from the field, and a woeful 1-10 from the 3-point line. Following that performance, he managed five points and nine rebounds against Prairie View A&M, and shot only 2-7 from the field and 1-6 from downtown. Ouch.

Conference Power Rankings

1. Missouri (8-0)
2. Baylor (7-0)
3. Kansas (6-2)
4. Texas A&M (7-1)
5. Kansas State (5-1)
6. Oklahoma State (6-2)
7. Texas (6-2)
8. Oklahoma (6-1)
9. Iowa State (6-3)
10. Texas Tech (4-4)

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