Austin Rivers, Duke, 6’4”, G, Fr.
The Dukies were able to able to get redemption against Florida State on the road and avenge an early season buzzer beater loss. Austin Rivers helped take down the 16th ranked Seminoles with 20 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal. Two days later this talented freshman led the Blue Devils to an overtime victory over Virginia Tech with 23 points and 4 rebounds. Rivers averaged 21.5 points, 4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game this week and Duke would love to have Rivers play this way as ACC regular season play comes to a close next week.
Jordan Theodore, Seton Hall, 6’0”, G, Sr.
Jordan Theodore was able to help Seton Hall stun the 8th ranked Georgetown Hoyas by 18. Theodore put up 29 points while shooting perfect from long range (5-5) as well as perfect from the line (8-8) to go along with 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Later in the week the Pirates fell short against Rutgers in overtime but Theodore still was able to score 17 points and dish out 9 assists. Theodore ranks in the top ten in points within the Big East and is 2ndin assists per game. The Pirates look to close
out regular season play hot as they are a team on the bubble for the big dance.
Matt Gatens, Iowa, 6’5”, G, Sr.
After taking down Indiana last week, the Hawkeyes were able to complete the sweep on the season against the 15th ranked Wisconsin Badgers defeating them at home by 1 on Matt Gatens bobblehead night. Gatens made sure people didn’t just remember him because of the bobblehead but by his play breaking his previous career high of 30 from last week scoring 33 while shooting 12 of 18 from the field and 7 of 10 from deep. Just a few days later Iowa fell on the road against Illinois and Gatens who ranks 7th in the conference in field goal percentage from deep, was perfect (5-5) and has 19 points. Look for Gatens and the Hawkeyes to finish out the regular season strong as they have been playing very well as of late and the Hawkeyes will go as far as he takes them.
The Kansas Jayhawks were able to defeat the 3rd ranked Missouri Tigers in one of the most memorable games in recent memory coming back from a 19 point deficit in the second half to win in overtime 87-86. Thomas Robinson completed a three point play towards the end of regulation to send it to overtime and the junior forward finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 8-9 from the charity stripe. Just a few days before Robinson had another double-double with 10 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists to move him up to 3rd in scoring within the conference and solidify his spot as the best rebounder in the Big 12. With Kansas picking up a lot of momentum this week look out for them in the next few weeks as they will be a force to be reckoned with.
Kyle Fogg, Arizona, 6’3”, G, Sr.
The Arizona Wildcats were able to defeat both of the southern California schools at home and remain in third place in the competitive Pac-12 conference. Kyle Fogg was able to have two big games including a double-double effort against USC with 16 points and 12 rebounds to go along with 2 assists. Just three days later Fogg fell one rebound shy of another double-double and finished with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Fogg frequently visited the charity stripe in a real nail bitter against UCLA, shooting 10-13 from the line as they were able to escape with a two point win. The Wildcats have won 7 of their last 8 games and look to bring this momentum into the Pac-12 tournament as they aim for an at large bid or a potential automatic bid if they can win the postseason tournament.
Anthony Davis, Kentucky, 6’10”, F, Fr.
It is next to impossible to watch a Kentucky Wildcat basketball game and not see Anthony Davis making plays all over the court. Davis had two double-double efforts this week with 13 points and 11 rebounds at Mississippi State to help the top ranked team in the country stay just that. But what he did against Vanderbilt was incredible; Davis shot 10 of 11 from the floor as well as 8 of 9 from the line to tally 28 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks. Davis, the top shot blocker and potentially the top freshman in the country is so talented that teams must play a different style of game to try and avoid his 7’4” wingspan. The Wildcats have just two games left during the regular season and will enter postseason play as the favorite to be cutting down the nets on April 2nd in New Orleans. Kentucky has been the team to beat almost all season and Davis has been a big reason why these Wildcats will be tough to stop.
Thanks to NetScouts Correspondent Justin Lehrbaum for this post.