Player of the Weekend – Victor Oladipo, Indiana
Stats generally don’t show just how vital Oladipo is to the Hoosiers, but they came close on Sunday. He finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, six steals and three blocks in Indiana’s win over Michigan State. He’s the only player to reach those totals against a ranked team in the past 15 seasons.
Scorer of the Weekend – Ramon Galloway, La Salle
Three days after his layup propelled La Salle over No. 9 Butler, Galloway scored a career-high 31 points to lead the Explorers over No. 19 VCU. This marks the first time since the 1952 NIT that La Salle has defeated back-to-back ranked opponents.
Breakout Performance of the Weekend – Darrun Hilliard, Villanova
Hilliard posted career highs in points (25), rebounds (seven) and assists (six), as Villanova knocked off Syracuse 75-71 in overtime. He’s the first player to reach those totals in a win over a top-5 team since Greivis Vasquez posted a triple-double against North Carolina in 2009. Villanova hasn’t had a player reach those levels in any win since Michael Bradley in 2001.
Stat Sheet Stuffer – Tommy Brenton, Stony Brook
Brenton posted Stony Brook’s first triple-double since moving to Division I, as the Seawolves beat Maine 79-69. Brenton finished with 15 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. Over the past 15 years, only three other players have reached that combination: Siena’s Kojo Mensah (2005), Connecticut’s Ben Gordon (2003) and Utah’s Andre Miller (1998). Brenton is averaging over 8 PPG, 8 RPG and 5 APG. The last three players to do that all wound up in the NBA: Royce White, Evan Turner and Terrence Williams.
Freshman of the Weekend – Phil Forte, Oklahoma State
All it took was a uniform change. Forte, playing his first game wearing No. 13, scored a career-high 26 points off the bench as the Cowboys overcame a 13-point deficit to beat West Virginia 80-66. It was the most points by an Oklahoma State player this season and by a Cowboy off the bench in conference play since Torre Johnson’s 26 in 2006 against Baylor.