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Arizona State, Diogu nab weekly awards


The Sun Devils pulled off a sweep in the Bay Area, beating Stanford 81-69 and California 79-70. It was the first time in nearly two decades that Arizona State won both ends of that trip.

Remember, Arizona State was picked to finish near the bottom in the Pac-10. Coach Rob Evans' squad has been one of the nation's biggest surprises.

Junior forward Ike Diogu has been one of the top players in America this season. He posted two more impressive performances in Arizona State's wins at Stanford and California.

Diogu hit 10-of-16 shots, grabbed 15 rebounds and scored 28 points at Maples Pavilion against the Cardinal. He had 25 points and seven boards versus the Golden Bears. He's first team All-Rolls Royce for the first half of the season, in my book.

There were plenty of surprises during the week. Houston stunned Louisville, Indiana upset Wisconsin, Boston College won at UConn and on and on.

The biggest shock city came when the Hoyas, picked near the bottom of the Big East in the preseason poll, went on the road and knocked off the Panthers. Pittsburgh entered the game with a 43-2 record at Petersen Events Center. Hoyas coach John Thompson III got a memorable win in his first Big East test.

Boston College has also opened some eyes as one of the remaining four unbeatens. The Eagles scored a couple of Big East wins, stunning Connecticut at the Hartford Civic Center and rallying to beat a tough Providence squad. Skinner deserves a lot of credit for his team's great start.

Freshman Jeff Salovski is now the big man on the Amherst campus. Listed at 6-foot-11 and 325 pounds, he had a major impact in UMass' thrilling victory over Xavier. The Minutemen won 90-86 in three overtimes.

Salovski, who had 23 points in his first 11 games of the season, scored 21 against the Musketeers. He hit the tying basket at the end of regulation to send the contest into overtime. Then he made the last two baskets in the second overtime to tie the score at 78. He ended the game with eight points in the third overtime as coach Steve Lappas and company got the W!

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.

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