November 27, 2006
TEAM OF THE WEEK: Butler
Todd Lickliter's team wasn't expected to be in New York for the NIT preseason tip-off semifinals. After all, his team had Notre Dame and Indiana in the way. Then came the trip to the Big Apple and few expected a win over Tennessee.
Finally, the Bulldogs won the NIT with a stunning victory over Gonzaga. To close out a great stretch, Lickliter's team battled and got a "W" against a tough Kent State squad.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Nick Fazekas, Nevada
The All-America candidate extended his streak of double-doubles to five. He had 29 points and 14 rebounds against UC-Irvine earlier in the week. He followed up with 28 points and 15 boards in a hard-fought win over Santa Clara.
COACH OF THE WEEK: Tom Crean, Marquette
He led the Golden Eagles to wins over two of the premier coaches in college basketball, Texas Tech's Bob Knight and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski. Crean's squad was impressive in winning the CBE tournament in KansasCity.
DIAPER DANDY OF THE WEEK: Darrell Arthur, Kansas
He came through big-time against then-#1 Florida. After being held to two points in the first half against the Gators, Arthur totaled 17 more in the second half and overtime.
Overall Arthur hit six-of-seven field goal attempts, converted seven-of-nine free throws (many in the clutch), grabbed nine rebounds in the victory out in Las Vegas. He did that all in 16 minutes of playing time due to foul trouble.
SHOCK OF THE WEEK: Wofford over Cincinnati
That's right, coach Mike Young's Terriers won at Cincinnati in a thriller. Wofford hit 22-of-29 free throws while the Bearcats made five-of-eight.
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