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The nation’s leading scorer in college basketball grabs this week’s Eastbay Player of the Week honors. BYU guard Jimmer Fredette has carried the Cougars through their first two games of the tournament by raising the bar on his already impressive season by scoring average of 28.8 points per game.
Fredette scored 32 points in BYU’s first NCAA Tournament game against Wofford in which the Cougars won 74-66. He then followed it up with a 34-point performance in their 89-67 blowout of Gonzaga. Although the senior from Glen Falls, New York is known for his seemingly unstoppable ability to score, he’s been even more of a floor general than ever before in the NCAA Tournament, dishing out six assists against Wofford and seven assists against Gonzaga.
Will this year’s leading regular season scorer and NCAA Tournament leading scorer get the Cougars to the Final Four?
Jimmer Fredette in the Nike Air Max Fly By.
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Last week’s NCAA Eastbay Player of the Week came from what seems to be everyone’s choice to win the NCAA Tournament, Ohio State’s Jon Diebler. Over the last week, however, one player stepped it up above all others in a way that has never been seen before, literally.
UCONN’s Kemba Walker was nothing short of spectacular over the last week. On top of leading the Huskies to five straight wins in five days, he set a record for the most points ever in the Big East Tournament with 130. Of course, over the five wins, Kemba Walker not only took home the David R. Gavitt Most Outstanding Player award, but solidified himself as a lottery pick should he choose to forego his senior year at the University of Connecticut.
Walker’s best game of the Big East Tournament came against Syracuse, where he had 33 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and six steals. It will likely be the game before that semi-final matchup that most people will remember, though. Against Pitt, as time expired, Kemba hit a step-back game winner from just inside the three-point line.
Kemba Walker finished the Big East Tournament with 130 points, 32 rebounds, 21 assists and 14 steals. He even blocked a shot for good measure in the game against Georgetown.
Walker and UCONN will take on Bucknell on Thursday in the NCAA Tournament.
Kemba Walker of UCONN in the Jordan 6-17-23.
They say it isn’t easy being number 1, but the Ohio State Buckeyes surely made it look that way last week. Tuning up for the NCAA Championship Tournament, Ohio State blitzed their way through conference rivals Penn State and Wisconsin en route to the Big Ten regular season championship. While forward Jared Sullinger is no doubt Ohio State’s best player, it was the big-time shooting of senior Jon Diebler that led the team to back-to-back 20-plus-point blowouts.
Diebler had an incredible week shooting from the field, draining 18 of his 22 shots, including 17 of 20 from three-point range. He averaged 28.5, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in the two Buckeye victories. His 10 three-pointers against Penn State on Tuesday tied a conference record. The hot long-distance shooting continued against Wisconsin on Sunday. Diebler knocked down six of seven and jokingly apologized to his teammates for missing one after the game.
Winding down his college career, Diebler will go down as one of the best shooters in Big Ten history. He’s even earned the locker room nickname of “3bler.” Will his hot shooting continue as the Buckeyes seek their first National Championship since 1960?
Diebler walks off the court to an ovation in the Nike Air Max Fly By.
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It’ll be tough for the Colorado Buffaloes to land a spot in the NCAA Championship Tournament, but the play of guard Alec Burks has given the team a chance. When you talk about Player of the Week, you’re definitely looking for big numbers, but also the intangibles that come along with them. Almost single-handedly saving your team’s season has to rank high on the list, and that’s why Burks takes home the honors this week.
Burks started the week with a solid 14-point, eight-rebound effort in a 71-68 win over Texas Tech, but it was his performance Saturday against Texas that nabbed him Player of the Week. The standout sophomore guard tallied up 33 points, 10 rebounds and four assists to help the Buffaloes upset the fifth-ranked Texas Longhorns. Burks scored 24 of his 33 in the second half, where the Buffaloes erased a 22-point halftime deficit. With their tournament hopes thin, Burks’ big game could be described as a season-saver.
With a signature win under their belts, will the Colorado Buffaloes make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003?
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The 10th-ranked Arizona Wildcats have been on quite a roll lately, and a lot of that can be attributed to the brilliance of sophomore standout Derrick Williams. Arizona’s leading scorer has seen improvements in every statistical category, which proved to be vital in last week’s games. Williams averaged 26 points and 9.5 rebounds in two games, helping lead the Wildcats to big wins over Washington and Washington State. With those performances, Williams is the recipient of Eastbay’s NCAA Player of the Week honors.
Williams’ standout performance came against Washington, who had beaten Arizona in a game back in January. Playing 35 minutes, Williams racked up 26 and 11 rebounds on the night, including carrying the team with 10 points in the final six minutes of the game. As great as he played offensively, it was a defensive play by Williams that had everybody talking. With a one-point lead and just a second left to play, Williams blocked a potential game-winner by Washington’s Darnell Gant to seal the deal.
Arizona is still a team that is rough around the edges, but because of Williams, they’re going to be a threat in March. What are the Cats’ tournament chances?
Williams helps with a little trap defense wearing the royal blue Nike Air Foamposite One.
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