PLAYER OF THE WEEK:Brian Roberts, Dayton
He has been an unsung hero lacking national publicity this season. My friends, he was a shining star for the Flyers in a blowout win over Pittsburgh. He scored 31 points, hit five-of-eight trifectas, added five assists with just one turnover in 35 minutes during an 80-55 stunner.
COACH OF THE WEEK: Bruce Pearl, Tennessee
It is never easy to go on the road against tough competition, but Tennessee took charge against Gonzaga. The game, in Seattle, featured solid Vols defense as the Zags were held below 40 percent from the floor. Pearl's team shut down Jeremy Pargo, who was coming off a big game against Oklahoma.
TEAM OF THE WEEK: Dayton
The Flyers won their tenth straight game, an 80-55 blowout of previously-unbeaten Pittsburgh. Brian Gregory's team moved to 11-1 with the eye-opening win. My friends, the Atlantic 10 is having a super season so far and the Flyers are one of the marquee teams.
DIAPER DANDY OF THE WEEK: Blake Griffin, Oklahoma
The Sooners star finished with 18 points and 16 boards against West Virginia in a double-overtime thriller. Oklahoma has posted big wins over Arkansas, Gonzaga and the Mountaineers in the last three outings. He played 42 minutes before fouling out with 3:55 left in the second overtime. His previous high in minutes played was 32 in a loss to Memphis on Nov. 15.
CO-SHOCK OF THE WEEK: San Diego over Kentucky
The Toreros entered Rupp Arena with a 6-8 record. San Diego left with a stunning 81-72 upset of the reeling Wildcats. The Toreros won the game from behind the arc, hitting nine-of-16 three-pointers compared to three-of-13 for Kentucky. Free throws were also a factor as San Diego made 32-of-36 from the foul line. Kentucky fell to 5-6 and Billy Gillispie has to rally his troops as SEC play is right around the corner.
Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.