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Bryce is Right

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Bryce Cotton

Prior to scoring 18 points against Butler on Jan. 21, Cotton had scored 20 or more points in eight consecutive games. In a 81-68 win over No. 20 Creighton on Jan. 18, the senior guard finished with 23 points on 7-of-18 shooting. He also dished out six assists against the Bluejays. Three days later, Cotton once again played a full game en route to scoring 18 points in a win over Butler. He once again recorded six assists in the 65-56 victory.

Who’s Hot

Ethan Wragge

Wragge tied a school record with nine 3-pointers in Creighton’s surprising 96-68 win at Villanova on Jan. 20. The senior, who is averaging just over 12 points per game, scored a game-high 27 points on 9-for-14 shooting. The Minnesota native did all his damage from behind the arc, as he did not attempt a two-point field goal. Wragge also grabbed three rebounds and dished out three assists as the Wildcats dropped their first Big East game of the season.

Kadeem Batts

In the past week, Batts has been a dominating force offensively and on the boards. In Providence’s upset win over No. 20 Creighton on Jan. 18, the forward was 4-of-7 from the field for 13 points and also grabbed nine rebounds. In the Friars next game, the senior scored 14 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in the 65-56 win over Butler on Jan. 21. Providence has now won four consecutive conference games.

Who’s Not

Brandon Young

As DePaul dropped both their games this past week, Young struggled offensively against Villanova and Xavier. The senior guard, who is shooting 45 percent from the field this season, went 4-for-14 from the field against the Wildcats on Jan. 18 and finished with 13 points. Two days later, Young played just 14 minutes in a 84-74 loss to Xavier, scoring just seven points.

Todd Mayo

Mayo, who is averaging just over nine points per game, has been struggling offensively of late. In two games last week, the junior was 4-of-15 from the field for a combined 10 points. Against Butler on Jan. 18, Mayo was 2-for-9 from the field, including 0-6 from behind the arc, and finished with four points. The guard played just 16 minutes against Georgetown on Jan. 20, finishing with six points on 2-of-6 shooting.

Top 5 Freshmen

1. Billy Garrett The DePaul guard is currently third on the team in scoring, averaging just under 12 points per game this season. The Chicago native is also averaging 3.5 assists and 2.4 rebounds for the Blue Demons. Garrett Jr. has been playing well of late, scoring at least 18 points in three of his last four games.

2. Josh Hart While he has yet to start a game for Villanova this season, Hart has been a standout in his debut season for the Wildcats. He’s currently averaging 9.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, while appearing in all 18 of Villanova’s games.

3. Rysheed Jordan The Philadelphia native moved northward and has shown glimpses of brilliance playing for Steve Lavin. Jordan is averaging 7.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game this season. While he has shown inconsistencies over the course of his freshman year, the guard will need more playing time to develop his game in the collegiate ranks.

4. Myles Davis While he has struggled offensively the past month, Davis showed his potential early in the season for Xavier. He’s currently averaging nearly seven points per game, and has eclipsed 10 point-mark six times this year.

5. Andrew Chrabascz While his name may be unfamiliar to those without ample knowledge of the Big East, Chrabascz has been a productive player in the limited minutes he’s received this season. The forward is averaging 4.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in just 15 minutes per game.

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