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Bruce Pearl did a miraculous job in the face of adversity. His players responded to the dismissal of Tyler Smith and the suspension of three others by beating Charlotte 88-71 and stunning No. 1 and previously unbeaten Kansas, 76-68. The Vols hit 9 of 18 3-pointers in the upset of the Jayhawks.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Luke Harangody, Notre Dame

The Irish won a pair of nail-biters thanks mainly to their big man on campus. My All-Solid Gold performer scored 36 points, hitting 13 of 23 field goals while adding six boards in playing all 40 minutes during a 74-73 win at South Florida. He also hit the game-winning free throw in that contest. Harangody scored a game-high 24 points, shooting 9-of-15 from the floor in a 70-68 upset of West Virginia.

SHOCK OF THE WEEK: College of Charleston over UNC

Bobby Cremins' kids fought back from an 11-point deficit to score an 82-79 overtime stunner over Roy Williams' Tar Heels. The Cougars came into the game with a 7-6 record but left with a tremendous upset. The 3-pointer was a great equalizer: Charleston made 13 of them while North Carolina hit just one.

CO-COACHES OF THE WEEK: Mark Fox, Georgia; Herb Sendek, Arizona State

You can see the improvement in the Bulldogs under Fox. It was Struggle City earlier in the season. Georgia upset Georgia Tech and then proceeded to give Kentucky a real scare at Rupp Arena. The final eight-point margin was not indicative of the battle.

Sendek's Sun Devils responded after losses at UCLA and USC. Arizona State beat Washington (68-51) and Washington State (71-46) in convincing fashion.

DIAPER DANDY OF THE WEEK: Avery Bradley, Texas

He had 29 big points, converting 12-of-14 from the field while grabbing nine boards in a win over Colorado. Bradley, who has come on strong, also made 5 of 9 field goal attempts and scored 12 points in a win over Arkansas.