Weekly Awards: Week Four

Feast Week is up there with Champ week and the First Week of the NCAA Tournament as being the best week of College Basketball as there are so many great games and this year was no different. We had some outstanding performances, some surprising teams, and so many great games throughout the week. This week continues to deliver and will continue to going forward. With all these outstanding games from the week, it is now time to go into the weekly awards from the week. 

Team of the week: Michigan Wolverines

The Michigan Wolverines had the best week in the sport as they won the loaded Battle 4 Atlantis by beating three teams that were NCAA Tournament teams last year, including two Top-10 teams in the sport. Coming into this week Michigan was unbeaten with a win against Creighton but they showed that they are legit after this week. Isaiah Livers has taken a big step forward this year and is absolutely deadly from three. Jon Teske and Zavier Simpson continue to be really good, especially in the pick and roll, as well as on the defensive side of the ball. That trio mixed with some good up and coming pieces like Eli Brooks makes the Wolverines one of the top teams in the sport. While Juwan Howard can celebrate like this, they can’t do that for long as they play at Louisville tonight. 

Player of the week: Markus Howard – Marquette

Ignore what Markus Howard did in the Championship game of the Orlando Invitational against Maryland where he scored 6 points and had one of his worst performances of his career. Taking that out of consideration, what he did in the Orlando Invitational was absolutely sensational. He scored 40 to help lift the Golden Eagles to a win against Davidson and 51 against USC for a two-day total of 91 points. Looking only at that there is no doubt he deserves to be the player of the week and even with the poor performance against Maryland, he still averaged 32.3 points per game which is absolutely fantastic. 

Upset of the week: Stephen F. Austin over Duke

Yeah, this is a no-brainer. Stephen F. Austin came into this game as 27 point underdogs against the top-ranked Blue Devils who is a team that has won the 2K Empire Classic and beaten Kansas. This is a game that probably should have been a blowout and at the very least should have been a win in regulation. That being said, the Lumberjacks made all the plays in order to force overtime. Then in Overtime, Duke had the ball with a chance to hit a game-winner but they instead turned the ball over and allowed Nathan Bain to have a clear lane to the basket for the upset win. This continues to add to the narrative that there are truly no good teams in the sport and that anyone can win a game on any given occasion. 

Dumpster-fire of the week: Providence

Providence came into the week already on unstable ground having already lost to Northwestern and Penn, meaning they really needed a good performance in the Wooden Legacy Tournament. Unfortunately for them, they lost back to back games to open up the tournament as they lost to Long Beach State and Charleston to go to the seventh-place game. They finished in seventh place in the eight-team tournament after beating Pepperdine but that’s not even a win to hang your hats on. The Friars came into the year with high expectations as it felt that this team had all the makings of being an NCAA Tournament team and one that could make the second weekend. Yet here we are just into the month of December and the Friars have already put themselves in a horrible spot.

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