BEST of the WEEK | Feb. 28, 2005
Awards based on games from Monday through Sunday
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Hakim Warrick, Syracuse
Senior forward Hakim Warrick is in a battle with Boston College junior forward Craig Smith for Big East Player of the Year. Warrick was dominant in a pair of Orange wins.
Against St. John's, he scored 35 points in an easy victory. Then, in helping coach Jim Boeheim secure his 700th career win, Warrick rewrote his career-high by scoring 36 versus the Friars.
COACH OF THE WEEK: Billy Gillispie, Texas A&M
Billy Gillispie, the former UTEP coach, has done a great job turning around the Aggies' program. Last week, Texas A&M had a couple of important Big 12 victories to get back into the NCAA Tournament picture.
The Aggies snapped Iowa State's seven-game winning streak, 75-59. A&M then went out and beat Big 12 contender Texas Tech, 85-63.
TEAM OF THE WEEK: Washington
The Huskies moved a step closer to at least a share of the Pac-10 title for the first time since 1985. Coach Lorenzo Romar's team swept the Arizona schools last week.
First came a hard-fought 90-82 win over the Sun Devils of Arizona State. The Huskies followed with a 93-85 victory over Arizona. Tre Simmons had a super week, totaling 53 points in the two victories.
CO-SHOCKS OF THE WEEK:
Nebraska over Oklahoma State and Clemson over Maryland
The Cornhuskers came in 4-8 in Big 12 play and 11-12 overall. The heavily favored Cowboys entered 10-2 in league play and 20-3 overall. But Nebraska prevailed 74-67 as Joe McCray scored 22 points. It marked the Cornhuskers' first win in the past 20 games vs. a top-10 opponent.
Clemson's stunning victory came at College Park. It gave the Tigers a season sweep over the Terrapins.
DIAPER DANDY OF THE WEEK: Bryant Dunston, Fordham
The son of former major-league baseball player Shawon Dunston, freshman forward Bryant Dunston had a monster game in an 87-66 win over St. Bonaventure. The younger Dunston hit 13-of-15 shots from the floor, totaling 34 points, and grabbed 18 rebounds.
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