January 15th, 2011
Player of the Week
The Boston College Eagles hit a rough patch last week, losing to Rhode Island and Harvard. However, they've won each of their last two games and the man responsible is Reggie Jackson. Jackson has lead the Eagles to wins over Georgia Tech and North Carolina State this week, averaging a red-hot 27 points per game on... wait for it... 77% shooting! That kind of efficiency is almost unheard of for a combo guard, even if it is only over a week-long period. To top it off he's also shooting 93% (14/15) from the stripe and 67% (6/9) from beyond the arc. It's nothing new for Reggie Jackson (who I've already featured as Player of the Week once before), as on the season he's averaging 19.5 points on 56% shooting (49% from three), 4.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists. Jackson combines a (newfound) great shooting stroke with his potent penetration ability. He's not a pure point guard, but he's a good passer (especially in drive and kick situations). He's a solid defensive player due to his quickness, athleticism, strength, and length. How Boston College fares during the rest of the conference play will largely rest on Jackson's shoulders. He won't shoot 77% the rest of the year, but he's got the scoring ability to put a lot of pressure on his opponents.
Player of the Week
Williams scored a career high 31 points to lead Arizona past Cal 73-71 in Arizona’s Pac-10 home opener. Williams scored 19 of his 31 in the second half and set a school record for most free throw attempts in a game with 22. Williams also grabbed 12 boards and added a steal and a block to go along with his career offensive night. Arizona finished their home sweep of the bay area schools with a 67-57 victory against Stanford. Williams followed up his big game with a perfect shooting night from the floor against the Cardinal. He was 5 for 5 from the field and 2 for 2 from the three point line and finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Williams has four double-double performances this season and six games of 20 or more points.
What’s “Old” in the Pac-10?
Time has a way of relentlessly passing rendering noteworthy present events as distant memories in what seems like “just the other day.” MacArthur Court saw its share of big events in its 84 years history, but Saturday the Oregon men’s basketball team left the intimate 9,087 seat Arena for the final time. MacArthur Court, Mac Court or “The Pit” as it is known by many was the second oldest active on-court Arena in DI basketball, only Fordham’s Rose Hill Gym is older. The Oregon men’s basketball team played its first game in Mac Court on January 14, 1927, defeating Willamette 38 to 10. Mac Court later saw Oregon’s “Tall Firs” team defeated Ohio State 46-33 to win the 1939 National Championship. Often regarded as one of the toughest places to play, “The Pit” and its student section “The Pit Crew” will be missed, but live on in the memories of those who attended games there.