Monday, February 9, 2009

Player of the Weekend

The title says player but, come on, a whole weekend of games and we're supposed to pick just one outstanding player? Not happening. So here is a handful, coincidentally all but one is from Saturday.

Hasheem Thabeet-After a rout of Louisville, UConn was home to take on a struggling Michigan team. And it was close. Nobody expected it but the Huskies themselves had to struggle to pull out the 69-61 win, not locking it up until the final moments. Thabeet was a big key. He had another impressive line: 17 points, 12 rebounds, 6 blocks, 7-8 FT and 5-6 FG. He also changed several shots and his mere presence forced Michigan to settle for 29 three-pointers.
Mike Davis- Don't call it an upset but Illinois got a big and unexpected win over Purdue Saturday. Davis led the way. He scored a team-high 14 points in the Illini's 66-48 victory. Oh and he grabbed 16 boards for good measure. Not bad for a guy who averaged only 1.8 rpg last season.
The two Coreys- No not Haim and Feldman. Stokes and Fisher of Villanova. Dante Cunningham got the limelight for his 31 points and 9 rebounds. Deservedly so. But he also turned it over 7 times. Fisher and Stokes combined for 3. The two sophomores came off the bench to spark the 102-87 win over Syracuse. Fisher had 14 pts, 6 assists, 4 reb, and 3 steals. Stokes topped him with 16 points and three hits from long range. He also hit the boards, grabbing 8 and 3 dimes.
Toney Douglas- Florida State pulled a shocker over Clemson Saturday. Not because they won 65-61, but because they were down 19 in the second half. Douglas was a large factor. He scored 17 of his 23 points during the comeback. He also grabbed 7 rebounds and had 4 assists.
Antwaine Wiggins- Wiggins isn't on here for his stats. Sure he had 5 points and 9 rebounds but that's not why he's here. Wiggins on this list because of what he did in the last second of the game. He ran up court on the final play of the game and cleanly blocked Stephon Curry's potential game-winning three. It gave Davidson their first conference loss of the year and snapped its 43 game conference winning streak

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