PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:Michael Beasley, Kansas State and Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis
Beasley keeps showing why he should be considered for national Player of the Year honors. He scored 40 points, grabbed 17 rebounds during a 100-63 rout of Missouri. He also had 22 points and 15 boards earlier in the week in a loss to Texas Tech.
Douglas-Roberts willed Memphis to a come-from-behind win at UAB Saturday. The Tigers trailed 77-70 late when Douglas-Roberts came through with several big plays, including a basket and free throw with 6.5 seconds to play en route to a 32-point effort. He also put up 22 points in a victory over a solid Houston squad.
COACH OF THE WEEK:Tom Crean, Marquette
Coming off losses to Louisville and Notre Dame, Crean and his Golden Eagles simply went back to work and came up with two convincing wins. First was an 89-63 win at Seton Hall, not an easy place to win (go ask Rick Pitino). Then led by Jerel McNeal's 17 points, Marquette downed Pittsburgh, 72-54.
TEAM OF THE WEEK:Texas
The Longhorns scored a pair of key victories in Big 12 play. First came a 72-69 win over Kansas, followed by an 82-77 triumph over Baylor. That marked the 22nd consecutive win over the Bears. Rick Barnes' club lost Kevin Durant from last season's squad, but it has still gone to the winner's circle 21 times.
DIAPER DANDY OF THE WEEK: Eric Gordon, Indiana
Forget about any pressure over the Kelvin Sampson situation, the Indiana guard had 28 points in 31 minutes, hitting nine-of-15 field goals and eight-of-nine from the foul line in a 80-61 win over Michigan State. Gordon also scored 23 points in a heartbreaking loss to Wisconsin.
SHOCK OF THE WEEK:Wake Forest over Duke
Dino Gaudio started two freshmen and three sophomores against the No. 2 Dukies. The Demon Deacons came away with an 86-73 stunner, snapping the Blue Devils' win streak at 12 games. I was so impressed by the play of Jeff Teague and James Johnson.
Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.