Feb. 21, 2006
TEAM OF THE WEEK: Villanova
The Wildcats celebrated a pair of victories and a seven-year contract extension for coach Jay Wright. Villanova knocked off then-#1 Connecticut at the Wachovia Center in an intense match-up. The Wildcats then took out Georgetown on Sunday. Guard play has been a key for Wright all season long and the quartet of Randy Foye, Allan Ray, Mike Nardi and Kyle Lowry has been outstanding.
CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Adam Morrison, Gonzaga and J. J. Redick, Duke
This is fitting, isn't it! It has been a great season for both players, and this race for Player of the Year is so close to call. Both put up great numbers again. Morrison had 33 points at Portland, including four-of-six trifectas. He followed that up with 44 points at Loyola-Marymount, including 37 in the second half. He hit eight-of-12 from three-point range and 14-of-20 overall.
Redick capped his week by scoring 30 points against Miami. In the process, he passed current Duke assistant Johnny Dawkins as the school's all-time leading scorer.
COACH OF THE WEEK: Tom Crean, Marquette
The Golden Eagles were picked in the second division of the Big East preseason poll, but Steve Novak and company have made some noise this season. Last week Marquette beat a pair of ranked teams, taking down Georgetown and Pittsburgh in consecutive victories.
DIAPER DANDY OF THE WEEK: Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina
If anyone had a doubt about the best freshman in America, look at what Hansbrough did against Georgia Tech last week. He put up 40 points on the board to easily break the ACC single-game freshman scoring record. He also grabbed 10 boards in that win. Hansbrough was also a factor in Sunday's win over Wake Forest.
CO-SHOCK OF THE WEEK: Oklahoma State over Texas and Arizona State over California
The fact that the Cowboys won at Stillwater was a surprise, but it was the 21-point margin that was stunning. The Longhorns certainly have played better in Big 12 action, but Oklahoma State had an emotional W in the third game since Eddie Sutton took a leave of absence from the club. The Golden Bears would have been alone in first place if it wasn't for the double-overtime stunner. The Sun Devils came in with just three Pac-10 wins, yet Rob Evans' squad scored the final five points in the second overtime to pull off a shock city upset.
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