Jan 30, 2006
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Adam Morrison, Gonzaga
He continues to enjoy an amazing season; it is a shame that either he or J. J. Redick of Duke will lose out on National Player of the Year honors (unless they tie or each win different awards). Morrison had a pair of 40+ point performances. Against San Francisco, he hit 14-of-23 shots from the floor, all eight of this foul shots, grabbed nine rebounds and scored 41 points. He followed that up with 42 points against Portland.
CO-TEAM OF THE WEEK: Michigan and Seton Hall
Tommy Amaker's Wolverines were impressive in a couple of key Big Ten wins. Remember, Michigan hasn't been to the big dance since 1998, but that could all change this season. First came a win over Michigan State, followed by a victory over Wisconsin. The Pirates won a couple of road games against ranked opponents, winning a surprisingly convincing contest at NC State, followed by Sunday's shocker at the Carrier Dome over Syracuse. Louis Orr had to be thrilled with a win over his alma mater.
CO-COACH OF THE WEEK: Steve Alford, Iowa and Bill Self, Kansas
The Hawkeyes bounced back from a 30-point loss to Michigan State with a pair of solid victories. Iowa took down Indiana and Ohio State. Self's Jayhawks got a pair of Big 12 road wins, defeating Texas A&M and Iowa State. Kansas has so much young talent, but guys like Russell Robinson, Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers are blending together and making major progress.
SHOCK OF THE WEEK: Marshall over West Virginia
For the second straight year, the Thundering Herd beat the Mountaineers. This time around, Marshall was 7-9 coming in. The upset snapped West Virginia's 12-game win streak.
DIAPER DANDY OF THE WEEK: Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina
He continues to be the premier freshman in America. He had a big double-double (21 points, 11 rebounds) against Arizona. Earlier in the week, he scored 26 points, hit nine-of-13 shots and grabbed eight rebounds in a loss to Boston College.
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