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Monday, January 23, 2012
Snaer, Rivers earn weekly ACC honors

By Robbi Pickeral

Each week, a 12-member panel votes for the ACC Player of the Week and ACC Rookie of the Week.

This week’s selections:

POW: Michael Snaer, Florida State guard: The junior averaged 16.5 points, three rebounds and 1.5 steals in wins against Maryland and at Duke. Snaer beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer Saturday to break the Blue Devils’ 45-game homecourt winning streak. He made 50 percent of his shots for the week, including 42.9 percent from behind the 3-point arc. FSU is the hottest team in the ACC right now.

ROW: Austin Rivers, Duke guard: If not for Snaer’s game-winner, Rivers might have been the hero of Saturday’s game, as he tied it before the FSU guard buried his jaw-dropping shot. Still, Rivers averaged 19.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in the loss to the Seminoles and win over Wake Forest. He made 48.1 percent of his shots last week, and has now earned ROW honors four times this season.

Other POW nominations:

Scott Wood, N.C. State forward: The Wolfpack junior averaged 18.5 points and shot 55 percent during wins against Boston College and at Miami last week. At the Hurricanes on Sunday, Wood eclipsed J.J. Redick’s ACC record for consecutive free throws made by going 7-for-7; he has now made 58 in a row.

Andre Young, Clemson guard: The senior averaged 18.5 points during a loss at Miami and win at Georgia Tech. His 29 points against the Yellow Jackets were a career high.

Dorenzo Hudson, Va. Tech guard: The senior averaged 14 points off the bench in the Hokies’ loss versus UNC, then win over Virginia. His 3-pointer from the corner with 17 seconds left gave Tech a four-point lead against the Cavaliers, and eventually its first ACC win of the season.

Travis McKie, Wake Forest forward: The sophomore averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds in a loss at Duke and win at Boston College. He ranks fourth in the ACC with 17.2 ppg.

Kenny Kadji, Miami forward: Averaged 17 points and six rebounds last weeks, shooting 56.5 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line.

Harrison Barnes, UNC forward: The sophomore led all scorers with 27 points in UNC’s victory at Virginia Tech, scoring 21 of them in the second half. He was 8-of-14 from the floor in the game, including 6-for-6 in the second half. He also recorded six rebounds, a block and three steals.

Other ROW nominations

Robert Brown, Virginia Tech guard: In his first two starts of the season, he averaged eight points and 32.5 minutes.