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January 22nd

Big East Blog

Player of the Week

January 21st

Pac Ten Blog

Pac-10 “Co-Players of the Week”

January 19th

SEC Blog

Player of the Week

Gerald RobinsonGerald RobinsonGerald Robinson, Georgia Bulldogs

The Tennessee State transfer battled through a rough stretch towards the end of the non-conference schedule, but Robinson has upped his level significantly in the opening stages SEC play. A highly touted recruit in the 2007 class, the explosive scoring ability he exhibited in the OVC is now shining through at the zenith of college basketball. In road games at Vanderbilt and Mississippi, he tallied 21 points per contest on 14/26 shooting (54%), 6/8 from downtown and 8/8 from the charity stripe, while also contributing 4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and a steal. Robinson led a balanced Bulldog attack in a 98-76 demolition at Ole Miss as Georgia shot 64% from the floor and assisted on 26 of 33 field goals. As his distribution and playmaking skills continue to develop, his draft stock will proceed on an upward trend. His athletic gifts are abundantly clear and he's added much needed bulk to his frame.

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Tobias Harris, Tennessee Volunteers

"Consistency" and "freshman" rarely go hand in hand, but with Harris the two are firmly interlocked. He scored 15 points (including the final 4 points of the game) and grabbed 9 rebounds as Tennessee overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat Vanderbilt 67-64. Earlier in the week Harris put up 18 points, 10 boards and 2 blocks in a home loss to Florida. He's averaging nearly 16 PPG on the season and has scored in double figures in 16 of 17 games. Harris has also posted four double-digit rebound games in his last six (10 per). The Vols have been wildly inconsistent, and despite a myriad of chaos around him, the freshman phenom certainly hasn't been phased.

January 17th

Big Ten Blog

Player of the Week

January 16th

Big East Blog

Player of the Week

Ashton GibbsAshton GibbsAshton Gibbs

Gibbs' Panthers finished the week 2-0 with impressive wins over Marquette and Georgetown. Scoring 19 and 22 points respectively, Gibbs nailed 10 three pointers in his past two games, raising his percentage from behind the arch to a remarkable 46%. Without a true point guard to log big minutes, Gibbs has done a nice job of getting his teammates involved, dishing out 5 assists in the win over the Golden Eagles. Scoring double digits in all but two games this season, Gibbs has become the Rodney Dangerfield of the Big East. The best player in one of the top programs in the country, I expect Gibbs' name to become a reoccurring one on the national scene as conference play gets under way.

Feelin It'

Alex Oriakhi - He put up 10 points and 21 rebounds in a win over Texas, and followed with 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks against Rutgers. Maybe he's figuring it out?

Casey Mitchell - West Virginia's Casey Mitchell scored 28 in a win over Georgetown, and has hit 13 of his last 26 from downtown.

Notre Dame's Ben Hansbrough scored a season high 26 points in a win over Rutgers.

January 15th

ACC Blog

Player of the Week

Reggie Jackson

Reggie JacksonReggie JacksonThe 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.

January 13th

Pac Ten Blog

Player of the Week

Derrick Williams

Derrick WilliamsDerrick WilliamsWilliams 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?

MacArthur Court

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.

January 11th

SEC Blog

Player of the Week

January 10th

Big Ten Blog

Player of the Week

Jared Sullinger

Jared SullingerJared SullingerIt has been rather easy to heap praise on Ohio State’s play so far this season, but please understand that it would be harder to ignore it. When facing Iowa on the road, the Buckeyes had a bit of a sleep walking start. The first half was slow and ugly on all counts, and Iowa went into the break with a 36-29 lead. Ohio State came out in the second half and rode Sullinger early and often. In the first nine minutes of the second half, Sullinger got a shot on nine of the team’s sixteen possessions, scored 11 points, and saw the Iowa seven point halftime lead turned into a seven point deficit. Sullinger finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds and Ohio State held on in what was for the most part a game worth forgetting. On Sunday against a very long Minnesota squad with a great matchup against Trevor Mbakwe, Sullinger did not have quite as dominant an effort but still very solid against a quality opponent. Mbakwe was his typical active self on both ends around the basket finishing with 16 points, 12 rebounds, and was able to block Sullinger’s shot three times. Still, the runaway freshman of the year finished with 15 points on 5-11 from the field and had 12 rebounds to help Ohio State escape another week undefeated.

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Ryne Smith

Last week’s blog noted the much appreciated offensive output from Ryne Smith in Purdue’s first two Big Ten games, but this week Smith was nothing short of tremendous at shooting. He was 11-14 from the field, all of which came from behind the arc. He was 5-5 from three for 20 points at Penn State, with 5-7 from the line to boot, and 6-9 shooting for 18 points against Iowa. His ascension as Purdue’s third scoring threat cannot be understated. On a day like Sunday where JaJuan Johnson and [Player: E’Twaun Moore] combine for 12-32 shooting, the Boilermakers could have been incredibly vulnerable. Smith’s six threes combined with a quality performance from Kelsey Barlow made it a no doubter.

January 7th

ACC Blog

Player of the Week