Vitale's Best of the Week: Dec. 15

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Andre Emmett

Red Raiders guard Andre Emmett came up with a couple of big performances to lead coach Bob Knight's team to the winner's circle.

The 6-foot-5 junior from Dallas hit 13 of 16 field goals and scored 31 points in a victory over New Mexico. Emmett followed up with another 31-point effort against New Mexico State, including 9-for-11 from the foul line. The Red Raiders hung on to defeat coach Lou Henson's Aggies.

There was a celebration down in Baton Rouge as the Tigers scored the upset, beating No. 1 Arizona. This wasn't the first time coach Lute Olson's Wildcats left LSU with a defeat. Shaquille O'Neal and company did it, as did Stromile Swift when the Wildcats were No. 5 in the nation.

This time around, Antonio Hudson made seven of 14 shots, including three 3-pointers, to score a game-high 20 points. Forward Jaime Lloreda also keyed the LSU effort with 19 points and 13 rebounds in 35 minutes. Arizona made a valiant comeback but fell short playing without injured forward Luke Walton.

Here's a salute to LSU coach John Brady, whose team moved to 7-1 with a big-time victory over numero uno!

Coach Tubby Smith was glad to get junior point guard Cliff Hawkins back on the court after he missed the team's first seven games due to academic issues. The Wildcats are a different team with Hawkins' penetration skills and quickness in the lineup.

Kentucky had a great battle with Indiana down to the wire, and Tubby's team came through with a big 70-64 victory in a hard-fought battle, handing the Hoosiers their first defeat.

Freshmen Matt Walsh and Anthony Roberson have had a major impact on Billy Donovan's Gators this season. In a double-overtime Maalox masher against Miami, Walsh came through with 33 points and 11 boards.

What was most impressive about Walsh's performance was his effort on the foul line, converting all 14 attempts, many in the pressure of crunch time.

There was lots of anticipation heading into the Jimmy V Classic at the Meadowlands. Oregon, ranked in the top five, was coming east and expected to impress with the two Lukes -- Luke Jackson and Luke Ridnour.

Instead, Cincinnati dominated with defense and outside shooting. Tony Bobbit exploded for 29 points and the Ducks were never in the game, trailing by 20 at hafltime. The Bearcats ran away with a 77-52 rout, holding Oregon 40 points below its season average.

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