Monday, January 11, 2010

Oriookhie of the Week

After averaging 11.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in UConn's two games, Alex Oriakhi has been named the Big East's Rookie of the Week. It's the first time the freshman has been so honored.

Elsewhere, here's the Top 25 ballot I submitted late last night:

1. Texas
2. Kentucky
3. Kansas
4. Syracuse
5. Purdue
6. Villanova
7. Michigan State
8. Duke
9. West Virginia
10. Baylor
11. Tennessee
12. Georgetown
13. Brigham Young
14. Georgia Tech
15. Kansas State
16. North Carolina
17. Miami
18. Pittsburgh
19. Connecticut
20. Virginia Tech
21. Wisconsin
22. Florida State
23. Gonzaga
24. Missouri
25. Temple

And here's today's follow-up story in the Register on UConn, which examines how, thanks to the Huskies' relative lack of depth and overall talent, nothing has or will come easy for them the rest of the way. UConn's margin of error is very slim, meaning little things (foul trouble, a poor effort by any of their top three players, bad foul shooting) could easily mean the difference between a win and a loss in any given game.

Case in point: In their four losses, the Huskies have shot 58 percent (55-for-95) from the foul line. In their 11 wins, they’re at 71 percent (209-for-296).



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