JaJuan Johnson had 29 points and 11 rebounds against Minnesota. (Icon SMI)
By Alfred Buzzelli
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The Hoops Report hands out weekly awards to standout players, coaches and teams in college basketball. Here are the awards for the week of December 13-19, 2010:
PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure
St. Bonaventure's 112-107 four-overtime win over Ohio on Saturday didn't garner a ton of attention because neither team is a premier college hoops program, but it was quite the game. The Bonnies outlasted the Bobcats mostly thanks to Andrew Nicholson, who had 44 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. But it was more than that. He played all 60 minutes. That's a lot of minutes, and he was still playing at a high level in the fourth overtime. And it wasn't a case of him shooting dozens of shots to score those 44 points. Nicholson was an efficient 14-for-19 from the field. He was also 16-of-25 at the free throw line. Nicholson, a 6-foot-9 junior forward, is averaging 21.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per game for the season. He has scored at least 14 points in every game this season and has a double-double in seven of his nine games.
UPSET OF THE WEEK - Illinois Chicago over Illinois
Illinois was ranked No. 12 in the country. Illinois Chicago was 4-7. But the game was played at Illinois Chicago, and a road game is never easy in college basketball. Illinois found that out the hard way with a crushing loss, 57-54. The Flames out-rebounded the Illini and shot better than them from the field and 3-point range. The Flames shot 45 percent from the field and 7-for-15 on 3-pointers, while Illinois shot 32 percent from the field and 4-for-17 from beyond the arc. Senior guard Robo Kreps played all 40 minutes and scored 15 points for the Flames. Demetri McCamey led Illinois with 16 points and six assists.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK - Josh Selby, Kansas
It didn't take Josh Selby long to get used to playing college basketball. After sitting out for nine games, Selby was finally eligible for Saturday's game against USC. The Kansas freshman guard single-handedly helped Kansas escape USC's upset bid for a 70-68 victory. With the Trojans leading with 26 seconds left in the game, Selby drained a 3-pointer to put Kansas on top. He finished with 21 points on 5-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. He also added five rebounds and shot 6-for-7 at the free throw line. It was quite the debut for Selby.
COACH OF THE WEEK - Bruiser Flint, Drexel
Drexel went to Louisville on Tuesday and came away with a 52-46 victory over the No. 20 previously undefeated Cardinals. Drexel played great defense, holding Louisville to 31.9 percent shooting from the field and 4-for-16 shooting from 3-point range. The Dragons crushed the Cardinals on the boards, 45-25. It was a signature victory for Drexel. Then, the Dragons stayed on the road and played at St. Francis (PA) on Saturday. The 2-8 Red Flash weren't the Dragons' toughest opponent but it was a road game nonetheless, and it's always difficult to regroup after a huge victory. But the Dragons battled through a close battle and came away with a 61-57 win. Drexel out-rebounded St. Francis, 33-20, and got to the free throw line 34 times as compared to just 12 free throw attempts for St. Francis. Bruiser Flint's squad is now 8-1 for the season.