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Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure, Senior, PF, 6-9 250 lbs.

After not playing up to his potential through half of the season, Nicholson has shown why he’s considered a first round NBA Draft prospect as of late. This past week, Nicholson “went off” against Charlotte (13-15) by scoring 25 points (11-17 FG) and collecting 11 rebounds. He followed up that performance with an even more stellar performance against Saint Joseph’s (19-12) by scoring 32 points (12-20 FG) and collecting 14 rebounds. Just previous to those two games, Nicholson scored 30 and 32 points against Fordham (10-18) and Rhode Island (7-23), respectively. Nicholson has an array of post moves and knows how to make his presence felt on the low block. He uses good box-out techniques to brush up against his opponent and move him around. St. Bonaventure (17-10) is now vying for the #3 seed in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament. For the season, Nicholson’s stat line is solid: 17.9 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 1.7 BPG, 58.3 FG%, 37.8 3P%, and 76.7 FT%.

Who’s Hot?

Isaiah Canaan, Murray State, Senior, PG, 6-0 193 lbs.

Heading into Conference Tournament time, it’s important to know who has the “hot hand.” Canaan, Murray State’s (28-1) leading scorer, has been “on fire” the past three games for the Racers as he’s shot 57.9 FG% and 56.5 3P% and scored 18 or more points in each of those games (all victories). Canaan has not limited his game to scoring only; instead, he distributes the ball to his teammates with effectiveness. He’s had at least four assists in each of Murray State’s last five games. On top of that, Canaan is also a great defender. He knows where his opponent wants to go with the ball and he restricts access to that spot. He plays the passing lanes well and he plays with lots of passion. For the season, Canaan is averaging 19.4 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.4 SPG, 48.7 FG%, 48.4 3P%, and 83.9 FT%. Look for the nation to become aware of him come NCAA Tournament time.

Tourney Watch

School Record Conference Current Projected Seeding
Wichita State 26-4 (16-2) Missouri Valley #5
UNLV 24-7 (8-5) Mountain West #5
Temple 23-6 (12-3) Atlantic 10 #6
Creighton 25-5 (14-4) Missouri Valley #6
Murray State 28-1 (15-1) Ohio Valley #6
Gonzaga 24-5 (13-3) West Coast #7
New Mexico 23-6 (9-4) Mountain West #7
Saint Mary’s 25-5 (14-2) West Coast #7
San Diego State 23-6 (9-4) Mountain West #7
Memphis 22-8 (12-3) C-USA #9
Saint Louis 23-6 (11-4) Atlantic 10 #9
Southern Miss 24-6 (11-4) C-USA #9
Harvard 24-4 (10-2) Ivy League #11
Long Beach State 22-7 (15-0) Big West #11
BYU 24-7 (12-4) West Coast #12
Drexel 25-5 (16-2) Colonial #13
Iona 24-6 (15-3) MAAC #13
Oral Roberts 26-5 (17-1) Summit League #13
Akron 20-10 (12-3) MAC #14
Belmont 25-7 (16-2) Atlantic Sun #14
Middle Tennessee State 25-5 (14-2) Sun Belt #14
Nevada 23-5 (11-1) WAC #14
Bucknell 23-8 (12-2) Patriot #15
Davidson 22-7 (16-2) Southern #15
Valparaiso 21-10 (14-4) Horizon #15
Weber State 23-5 (14-2) Big Sky #15
Long Island 22-8 (16-2) Northeast #16
Mississippi Valley State 18-11 (17-0) SWAC #16
Savannah State 20-10 (13-2) MEAC #16
Stony Brook 20-8 (14-2) America East #16
UNC-Asheville 22-9 (16-2) Big South #16
UT-Arlington 23-6 (15-0) Southland #16

Mid-Major Player of the Year: Doug McDermott, Creighton, Sophomore, SF

Mid-Major Freshman of the Year: Tony Mitchell, North Texas, Freshman, SF

All-Mid-Major Teams

1st Team
Pos. Name College Yr. Ht. Wt. PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT% Team W-L
F Doug McDermott Creighton So. 6-7 220 23.1 8.1 1.1 0.2 0.1 60.7 47.9 80.1 25-5
G Will Barton Memphis So. 6-6 175 18.1 8.1 2.9 1.5 0.8 51.7 33.0 73.3 22-8
G Damian Lillard Weber State Jr. 6-3 195 24.5 5.0 3.9 1.4 0.2 47.1 43.6 88.3 23-5
G Scott Machado Iona Sr. 6-1 180 13.1 5.0 10.1 1.6 0.2 47.7 40.2 80.5 24-6
G Isaiah Canaan Murray State Jr. 6-0 193 19.4 3.2 3.8 1.4 0.0 48.7 48.4 83.9 28-1
2nd Team
Pos. Name College Yr. Ht. Wt. PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT% Team W-L
C Greg Mangano Yale Sr. 6-10 240 18.5 9.7 0.5 0.5 2.4 48.1 33.0 65.6 19-7
F Andrew Nicholson St. Bonaventure Sr. 6-9 250 17.9 8.3 1.0 0.7 1.7 58.3 37.8 76.7 17-10
F Tony Mitchell North Texas Fr. 6-8 220 15.3 10.8 1.7 1.0 2.9 58.1 43.2 70.9 16-13
F Mike Moser UNLV So. 6-8 210 13.9 10.7 2.4 1.9 0.9 45.0 32.5 78.0 23-7
G Matthew Dellavedova Saint Mary's Jr. 6-4 190 15.4 3.3 6.5 0.9 0.1 45.4 36.1 83.8 25-5
3rd Team
Pos. Name College Yr. Ht. Wt. PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT% Team W-L
F Drew Gordon New Mexico Sr. 6-9 245 12.6 10.9 1.2 1.2 1.1 52.7 N/A 72.5 23-6
F Mike Glover Iona Sr. 6-7 215 18.1 9.1 0.9 0.9 1.2 65.0 N/A 67.1 24-6
G Casper Ware Long Beach State Sr. 5-10 175 17.2 2.4 3.1 1.4 0.1 40.9 35.4 79.8 22-7
G Tu Holloway Xavier Sr. 6-0 190 16.4 3.7 5.6 1.6 0.1 40.8 33.3 86.3 18-11
G Reggie Hamilton Oakland Sr. 5-11 175 25.5 3.8 5.1 2.0 0.1 44.3 40.7 88.2 17-14
Honorable Mention
Pos. Name College Yr. Ht. Wt. PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3P% FT% Team W-L
G Ramone Moore Temple Sr. 6-4 190 17.9 4.3 3.4 0.2 1.1 42.7 38.0 77.0 23-6
G Jamaal Franklin San Diego State So. 6-5 195 16.5 7.8 1.2 1.0 0.7 42.7 29.5 80.1 23-6
G Khalif Wyatt Temple Jr. 6-4 210 17.4 3.2 3.2 2.1 0.4 48.2 39.7 84.6 23-6
F Brandon Davies BYU Jr. 6-9 235 14.9 7.6 2.1 1.5 1.3 50.8 N/A 70.8 24-7
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LMU getting no love, 19-11

LMU getting no love, 19-11 and three wins over top 25 teams.

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Research???

What type of research do they do when determining these teams. I've watched pretty much every Mountain West Conference game this year and it is obvious that the best player in Conference by far is Jamaal Franklin. He's leading the MWC in scoring, 3rd in rebounding and is coming off a 31 pt, 16 rebound performance as a 6'5 195 lbs Guard. He is so much better than Mike Moser it's not even funny.

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I hate to knock holes in this.. But Nate Wolters has to be mentioned. He's the real deal. 21ppg 45% from the field, along with 5.1 rpg and 6.1 apg... Atleast second team.. But otherwise good article.. It's hard to keep up to date on all these small schools and players..

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How can you mentioned Savannah St. as the top team in the MEAC and they didn't win the conference title.That honor went to Norfolk St.They pulled of a major upset defeating Missouri in the NCAA Tournament in the first round 86-84 led by NBA prospect Kyle O'Quinn a 6-10 240 PF who put up 26 points and 14 rebounds which made him the games leader in both categories and they finished the season with a record of 26-10.

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