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Ben HansbroughBen HansbroughBen Hansbrough and Tim Abromaitis

I haven’t seen a more badass tandem of white guys representing the Irish since The Boondock Saints. The duo combined for 60 points on 16 three pointers in a 21 point beat-down on Villanova- one of those beatings where you can’t even recognize the victim. The Wildcats had no answer for Hansbrough and Abromaitis, who were shooting over defenders as if they were manikins in Baby Gap. Hansbrough finished with 30 points, 10 assists and 5 steals on an evening where his family, including Tyler, watched from the stands on a memorable Senior Night in South Bend. Both players averaged about 26 points per game on the week, and helped the Irish earn their fifth win over a top 25 team.

Feelin’ It

Dwight Hardy, G, St Johns

Hardy had a big 34 points in a double-digit win over Villanova, scoring mostly from the free throw line and behind the arch. As a 6’2 shooting guard, Hardy’s chances of success at the next level are slim, but he's still managed to pull off one hell of a senior year. Hardy will join Hansbrough, Kemba Walker and Marshon Brooks as possible candidates for conference player of the year.

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Marshon Brooks

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Kemba Walker

Kemba WalkerKemba WalkerKemba Walker AKA The One Man Band was up to his old tricks this week, dropping 31 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds on Georgetown, ending the Hoyas 8 game win streak. He was unstoppable getting to the basket, making it easier for Walker to create separation on jumpers off the dribble. Earlier in the week, Walker put up 22 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds against Providence on 7-10 shooting, including 3-4 from downtown and only 1 turnover. As his assist numbers continue to rise, so will his stock as an NBA point guard.

*** Check out Walker deciding the backboard was a better option than a teammate - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBiR9UwAPSk

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Marshon Brooks, G, Providence - This dude just can't be contained. His arms are so long I've seen him finger roll from the free throw line (Brent Barry style though, foot halfway across). He's averaging 30 points and 7.7 rebounds per game over his last four.

Dwight Hardy,G, St. Johns - Hardy is averaging 25 points per game over his last six, including 17 for his last 33 from downtown. St. Johns goes as far as Hardy can take em'.

Brandon Triche, G, Syracuse - Triche's confidence is sky high, and as a result he's playing the best basketball of his career. He's scored 20 and 21 in the last two games respectively, looking comfortable shooting the ball and finishing after contact.

Jonathan Mitchell, F, Rutgers - Mitchell is in the zone, scoring over 21 points in four consecutive games. Nailing 16 of his last 27 three point attempts (59%), Mitchell has found a groove for a team that lacks any real appeal.

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Dwight Hardy

Dwight HardyDwight HardyHardy’s coming off back to back 30 point games, one of which helped the Johnnies knock off their fourth top 13 team this year. Hardy poured in a career high 33 in a rout over Connecticut, knocking down five three pointers and hitting all 8 of his free throw attempts. He’s averaging 26.5 points in his last four games, and with wins over Duke and Connecticut, he’s helped make St. John’s relevant in what looked to be a throwaway year with ten seniors on the roster.

Feelin It’

Ben Hansbrough, G, Notre Dame – No doubt Hansbrough’s feelin it. Kid’s averaging 24 a game over his last five, including back to back 25 point games this week in wins over Rutgers and Louisville.

Marshon Brooks , G, Providence – We’re getting to the point where he’s becoming unguardable in the college game, scoring 43 points on 17-28 shooting at Georgetown. Brooks has great length, ideal size and the polished offensive skillset that allow him to score 43 points in 40 minutes. He’s taken over as the conference’s leading scorer, and is quietly creeping up draft boards as a first round no brainer in my opinion.

Kyle Kuric, G, Louisville – Kuric is shooting the lights out this season, most recently going for 28 points on 9-14 in an overtime loss to the Irish. If you haven’t seen his dunk in this game, check it out… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfz_2HCGybQ . For those of you who watched and are unfamiliar with Kuric, your computer screen wasn’t malfunctioning… he really is white.

Jonathan Mitchell, F, Rutgers – Mitchell is averaging over 23 a game over his last three. Oh yeah, and he converted a 4 point play as time practically expired to beat Nova’ by 1. No big deal.

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Dwight Hardy

In what was generally a straight beatdown Sunday afternoon at the Garden, senior guard Dwight Hardy lead the Johnnies to a 93-78 win over Duke, scoring 26 points on 9-13 shooting from the floor. Hardy helped Steve Lavin earn his first true signature win at St. Johns, who hadn’t beaten Duke in their last seven meetings leading up to Sunday’s matinee. Hardy followed his 26 point performance with a 15 point game in a win over Rutgers on Wednesday.

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Ben HansbroughBen HansbroughBen Hansbrough, G, Notre Dame

Hansbrough put up 28 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in a win over Marquette, and followed with a 19 point, 7 assist 4 rebound performance in a win at Pittsburgh. He put the Panthers away with a spin move in the lane and a finish at the rim, showing the national television audience that he's more than just an underappreciated little brother who can only shoot from the outside.

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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.

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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.

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Kris Joseph

Kris JosephKris JosephJoseph scored 27 in a grind it out win over Providence Tuesday night, playing 40 minutes and hitting a career high 4 three pointers. He's becoming the lead guy the Orange hoped he'd be heading into the season, scoring 20 or more 3 of his last 4. His athleticism and defensive potential as a swingman are unquestioned, but if he can continue to improve his outside shot and expand his game off the dribble, look for Joseph's stock to rise as a potential mid first rounder.

On the Rise...

St. Johns knocked off West Virginia this week in what was Steve Lavin's first big win as coach of the Red Storm. Seniors D.J. Kennedy, Justin Brownlee and Dwight Hardy combined for 54, using their experience and smarts to get to the line and keep West Virginia off of it. The big three combined to shoot 25-26 from the stripe in what was the clear difference in the game. With 5 seniors in the starting lineup, don't expect West Virginia to be the only team the Storm knock off in the Big East.

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