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Player of the Week

Roosevelt Jones - Butler (F, Jr., 6-4, 227, O-Fallon, Ill.)

Roosevelt JonesRoosevelt JonesJones turned in two solid performances this week for a Butler team that had many of its starters and key reserves struggle. The Bulldogs began the week with a heartbreaking two-point loss at the hands of Georgetown. Jones led both team’s in scoring with a career-high 28 points on 12-for-19 shooting from the field and was 4-for-6 from the free throw line. He added three rebounds, two steals and was just one of two Butler players to score in double-figures. The 6-foot-4 guard carried the Bulldogs throughout the second half and scored their final eight points. Butler had taken a 59-58 lead with 12 seconds left after a driving layup by Jones, but ultimately fell short by way of a Georgetown three-pointer by freshman Isaac Copeland with 5.4 seconds remaining. Jones had the ball in his hands during the final possession of the game, but his layup attempt was blocked by Georgetown’s D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera as the final buzzer sounded.

The junior followed up with a game-high 18-point effort on 8-for-17 shooting in Butler’s three-point win over a struggling Creighton team. The win was the Bulldogs' first over the Bluejays in 81 years. For the third consecutive game, Jones led his team in scoring. He added 10 rebounds and six assists, both team-highs, to go along with three blocks and one steal before later fouling out.

Through both games, Jones averaged 23.0 points on 55 percent shooting from the field, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks.

Who’s Hot?

Matt Carlino - Marquette (G, Sr., 6-2, 175, Scottsdale, Az.)

Carlino has been red hot shooting the ball as of late. This week was no different despite the Golden Eagles dropping two straight games. In the team’s four-point loss to Xavier, the Arizona native poured in a game-high 27 points to go along with two assists and two rebounds. Shooting wise, he was 8-for-15 from the floor, 6-for-9 from three-point range, and 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. The senior had a chance to tie the game at 61, but missed on a contested three-pointer with six seconds left. Carlino came back to score a game-high 21 points in a loss to St. John’s, going 6-for-14 from the field, 5-for-11 from long range and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. His four threes and one assist on a Steve Taylor Jr. dunk was part of a 16-6 run by Marquette after they trailed 26-24 at halftime. After Carlino drained a late free throw, the Golden Eagles were down 58-57. St. John’s scored on its next possession before Carlino again, missed a game-tying three with two seconds left.

Kris Dunn - Providence (G. So., 6-3, 205, New London, Ct.)

Providence picked up a road win against Creighton in its only game of the week. Dunn led the way with 21 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals, all of which were team-highs. He went 7-for-15 shooting from the floor and 6-for-8 from the foul line. The sophomore led all scorers in the second half with 17 points. He made pivotal plays down the stretch, including a bank shot with one second on the shot clock and a fade-away jumper in the lane to up the Friars' lead to 69-59 with 1:47 to play. Dunn is the nation’s leader in assists per game with 7.6.

Myke Henry - DePaul (F, Jr., 6-6, 226, Chicago, Ill.)

The Blue Demons broke a two-game losing streak with their overtime win over St. John’s. At the time, the win positioned the team in a tie for second place in the Big East standings. Henry’s dominant double-double performance was a major factor. He scored 19 points and hit the glass hard for a game-high 12 rebounds. This was the second double-double of his career. The junior forward was 7-for-12 from the field and 3-for-5 from long distance. He also had a team-high two assists.

Who’s Not?

Darrun Hilliard II - No. 4 Villanova (G, Sr., 6-6, 215, Bethlehem, Pa.)

Hilliard was a non-factor in Villanova’s 14-point win over UPenn, scoring just eight points on 2-for-9 shooting. He wasn’t much better in the team’s 20-point loss to Georgetown, finishing with nine points on 2-for-6 shooting. Through both games, the 35 percent three-point shooter had gone 2-for-8 from long range. Simply put, it was an ugly week for the Wildcats’ top scorer. He failed to really effect the game in other areas as well. He’s third on the team in assists per game (2.1), but didn’t have any against the Quakers before dishing out three against the Hoyas. He’s first in steals, but failed to come up with any in both games. During the past three games, the senior guard has gone just 7-for-29 shooting for 24 percent from the field. Usually a reliable three-point shooter, he’s gone 3-for-13 from downtown for 23 percent in that same span.

DAngelo Harrison - St. John’s (G, Sr., 6-4, 204, Missouri City, Tx.)

It’s shocking to see arguably the best player in the Big East make the “Who’s Not” list for the first time this season, but it is deserving. After five straight games of scoring 20 or more points on 51 percent shooting, the conference’s second-leading scorer has hit a cold streak. In the Johnnies’ overtime loss to DePaul, Harrison went 2-for-10 for 11 points and did not make any of his three-point attempts. The bulk of his points came on 7-for-9 shooting from the foul line. Three nights later in the team’s win over Marquette, the senior guard shot a horrid 3-for-18 from the field and 3-for-11 from the beyond the arc, again scoring 11 points. He’s shooting 27 percent over his last two games. Coming out of his slump doesn’t look promising with the Duke Blue Devils and their zone defense on the schedule for Sunday.

Tommy Hamilton IV - DePaul (C, So., 6-11, 255, Chicago, Ill.)

Hamilton has not been nowhere near the same player he was before he sat out DePaul’s Dec. 31 win over Marquette for violating team rules. The Blue Demons have played six games since then and he has not returned to the starting lineup yet, which raises questions about if he ever will during the remainder of the season. Since the Marquette game, he’s averaged just 5.3 points on 37 percent shooting and 3.0 rebounds. Before Marquette, he averaged 13.0 points on 50 percent shooting and 7.3 rebounds. The 6-foot-11 sophomore, once considered to be one of the best bigs in the conference, hit a season-low against St. John’s. He scored zero points on 0-for-1 shooting in 13 minutes, the lowest amount of minutes he’s played in a game all season.

Top Five Bench Performers of the Week

1. Isaac Copeland - Georgetown (F, Fr., 6-9, 220, Raleigh, N.C.)

The freshman has finally shown some of the potential that made him a highly-touted prospect coming out of high school. In Georgetown’s two wins over Butler and No. 4 Villanova, Copeland has come off the bench to average 13.5 points on 69 percent shooting, 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 24.0 minutes per game. He made the game-winning three-pointer with just over five seconds left to lift the Hoyas to a win over the Bulldogs. Then he scored a career-high 17 points against the Wildcats. In each game he grabbed six rebounds, which is also his career-high.

2. Rick Kreklow - Creighton (G, Sr., 6-6, 210, Columbia, Mo.)

Kreklow has been a bright spot for the sore eyes of Creighton fans, who have had to endure the team’s current eight-game losing streak. In the last four games, the senior guard has averaged 12.7 points and 2.7 rebounds. This past week, he scored 12 points on 3-for-5 shooting, including 2-for-4 from beyond the arc against Providence. He followed that up with 16 points, four rebounds and three steals against Butler. He shot 6-for-14 from the field and 3-for-6 from long range. He’s has four straight double-figures scoring games for the first time in his career. Kreklow has also received increased minutes off the bench, as he’s often looked at as a sparkplug on offense for the Bluejays.

3. Remy Abell - Xavier (G, Jr., 6-4, 200, Louisville, Ky.)

The Indiana transfer has been a consistent scoring option for Xavier this season, averaging 9.3 points per game on 52 shooting from the field and 42 percent from three. This week, the junior had a 15-point effort off the bench to lead the Musketeers in scoring in their win over Marquette. He was 5-for-10 overall, including 5-for-9 from long range in 33 minutes of action.

4. Steve Taylor Jr. - Marquette (F, Jr., 6-7, 240, Chicago, Ill.)

In Marquette’s most recent outing against St. John’s, Taylor was the Golden Eagles' leading scorer off the bench with 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting. His scoring was needed, but his team-high nine rebounds were key despite the loss. Especially while battling the Johnnies’ 6-foot-10 center Chris Obekpa at times in the paint, who had 10 rebounds himself.

5. Aaron Simpson - (G, Jr., 5-11, 152, North Chicago, Ill.)

Simpson scored a career-high 13 points in DePaul’s win over St. John’s. He shot 50 percent from the field and from beyond the arc. The junior played a season-high 31 minutes off the bench.

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