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Louisville, Coach K nab weekly awards

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Coach Rick Pitino's Cardinals have been hot, winning five straight games and 10 of their past 11. Louisville posted a pair of impressive wins last week. First came a 51-point blowout of East Carolina (92-41). Louisville followed that up with an 85-62 victory over Tennessee.


Sophomore forward Jared Dudley is one of the key reasons the Eagles remained unbeaten (16-0, 5-0 Big East). In a 67-66 win over Villanova, Dudley scored a career-high 36 points (12-of-18 field goals), including two free throws with 5.5 seconds left. He followed up with 19 points and eight rebounds in a victory over St. John's.

Senior guard Salim Stoudamire continued his hot run, totaling 52 points in wins at Oregon and Oregon State. He connected on 16-of-29 shots, including 8-of-13 trifectas.


When the Hokies joined the ACC, few expected coach Seth Greenberg's team to compete. Virginia Tech was picked to finish next to last. But don't tell that to Georgia Tech, which was stunned 70-69 by the team from Blacksburg. Carlos Dixon scored 21 points to lead the Hokies. Virginia Tech won its fourth straight game (and third consecutive ACC contest). The Yellow Jackets dropped their third straight game.


Not many people picked Duke to be undefeated at this point of the season. Coach K is doing one of his best jobs keeping this team unbeaten. The Dukies really showed something by winning at Miami (92-83) and at Florida State (88-56).


A 6-foot-5 freshman guard, Mark Tyndale averaged 19 points and seven rebounds in the Owls' two wins. He tied for team scoring honors with 17 points in a win over St. Bonaventure and also matched his season high with nine rebounds. Against Xavier, Tyndale scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds. For the week, he connected on 12-of-20 shots from the field (.600), 3-of-5 from 3-point range (.600) and 11-of-14 from the line (.786).

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.

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