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Wake, Diogu, Knight nab weekly awards


Wake Forest won a couple of important ACC games. First came a hard-fought home victory over Duke at Lawrence Joel Coliseum. The Demon Deacons followed that up with a road win at Blacksburg over coach Seth Greenberg's improved Virginia Tech Hokies.

Junior forward Ike Diogu should be considered for national player-of-the-year honors. The Sun Devils' star posted big numbers last week. In a 74-67 win over Stanford, Diogu scored 39 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. In an 84-82 loss to California, Diogu scored 35 points, adding seven boards.

Knight has done a terrific job this season, and the Red Raiders look like an NCAA Tournament team. Texas Tech scored a big victory Saturday night at Oklahoma helped by 32 points from Jarrius Jackson. Knight continues to move closer to Dean Smith's career win record.

Yes, the Longhorns were without suspended P.J. Tucker and injured LaMarcus Aldridge, but the Cyclones dominated in overtime in Austin, a difficult place to play.

The son of former college standout Tito Horford, freshman forward Al Horford had a monster game in a blowout win over Alabama: 18 rebounds (nine offensive) and 14 points.

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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