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Player of the Week

Chasson Randle - Stanford

Chasson RandleChasson RandleStanford may have lost to BYU on the road, but Randle still had a great week. The senior guard has found his stroke and had a combined 46 against two tough teams on the road in BYU and number nine ranked Texas. Randle held the Cardinals together on the road in Austin to help Stanford get the win. The senior guard shot 9 of 17 for 22 points and contributed two rebounds and assists apiece. It would have been nice to see Randle shoot the ball in the last possession of regulation, but he had the dagger in overtime. Stanford looks like they regained their mojo from last year and look to continue this run in Pac-12 play.

Who’s Hot

Nigel Williams Goss - Washington

Williams-Goss may not have had a flashy week, but he is really a catalyst for the Huskies stellar performances in non-conference play. Washington beat number 15th ranked Oklahoma and Tulane this week, with Williams-Goss providing stable play the entire way. The sophomore guard contributed 15 assists and 11 boards while also adding 22 points in both games. Washington is undefeated and ranked number 13 in the nation, Williams-Goss is a big reason why.

Who’s Cold

Norman Powell - UCLA

UCLA was terrible against number one ranked Kentucky. No one on the team played well and the game was a slaughter but UCLA really could have put forth a better effort. It might seem that I am piling on Powell, but he really hasn't been good against tough competition. Powell has shot fairly well this year but just does not show up in big games for the Bruins. The NBA teams and their players are better than every single team that UCLA will play this year. Powell’s performances against the tougher teams in the NCAA will turn off plenty of scouts. Zero field goals and four turnovers against Kentucky are just not going to cut it, especially when Powell can face this type of talent every single day in the NBA.

Rondae Hollis Jefferson - Arizona

Arizona suffered their first loss of the year this week on the road against UNLV. The Wildcats may have had a tough schedule so far this year, but some of their players need to play better if Arizona is going to win the Pac-12. Hollis-Jefferson had a terrible week. The sophomore swingman only scored a total of nine points against both UNLV and UTEP, shooting an awful percentage and not impacting the game the ways that he can. Against UNLV, Hollis-Jefferson was in foul trouble the entire game, but he still needs to make shots when he is presented with opportunities. Stanley Johnson had a rough game against UNLV as well, but Holis-Jefferson is a year older and should know how to deal with tough road crowds. Hollis-Jefferson also only shot three for nine from the foul line on the week, that will just not cut it. The addition of Johnson was going to cut into Hollis-Jefferson’s playing time and chances, but he will have to do more with these chances if he wants to go anywhere in the first round.

With New Years approaching, most people like to come up with some sort of New Year’s resolution. Here are the top five New Year’s resolutions for Pac-12 teams.

Top 5 New Year’s resolutions for Pac-12 Teams

1. UCLA resolves to actually commit to defense.

The Bruins just lost back to back games against two really good teams in both Kentucky and Gonzaga, but the effort is just not there on the defensive side of the court. Kevon Looney and Norman Powell are the only UCLA players that contribute anything on the defensive side of the court. The Bruin’s communication is terrible and are just lost when defending a simple pick and roll. Head coach Steve Alford must get this team to start playing some defense if they are going to turn around this losing streak.

2. Arizona resolves to attack the rim.

The Wildcats are coming off their first loss of the year, but this is really fine. Losses teach just as much as wins and sometimes more. Arizona shot 5 for 15 from three against UNLV. The Wildcats should never hang around the perimeter, regardless of who they are playing. Arizona is at its best when they are attacking, drawing fouls and scoring in the paint. The Wildcats should never settle for jump shots.

3. Washington resolves to continue to play defense.

The Huskies are undefeated and have a great player in Nigel Williams Goss, but they have not lost because of their defense. Washington ranks 34th in the nation with only 58.4 points allowed per game. The Huskies have had a couple of tests already this year and should continue to play great defense. Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar has the rangy athletes to defend any team, lets just see if they can keep it up in Pac-12 play.

4. Utah resolves to continue to find good shots.

The Utes are shooting a ridiculous 49 percent from the field. While the assist numbers might not be there, both Delon Wright and Jakob Poeltl are killing it from the field. Both Wright and Poeltl know what they succeed with on offense, scoring inside. Both players are great at getting to their spots and scoring. Wright is shooting an insane 57 percent from the field. Field goal percentage can be misleading depending on usage rates, but Wright scores the most points for the Utes and is clearly their best offensive weapon. If the Utes keep playing defense and finding great looks, they should make some noise in the NCAA tournament.

5. Chasson Randle resolves to shoot the last shot for Stanford.

Randle was already mentioned above, but as aggressive as he is, he could still afford to be even more aggressive. I am always for finding the open man and getting a good look, but when you are your teams best player, leader and shooter, you should take the last shot in the game. When Randle passed the regulation ending shot off, I was honestly disappointed. Stanford took an okay look, a floater in the lane, but Randle should want the ball, he should demand that he take that final shot, not pass the ball with two seconds left. Stanford is going to lose some more games, every team probably will, but they should go down with their best player shooting that final shot.

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