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Dick's Weekly Awards

Updated: November 17, 2008, 4:43 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Oklahoma. The Sooners blew out American, the favorite in the Patriot League in the eyes of many, 83-54. Blake Griffin showed why he is one of the premier players in America, totaling 24 points and 18 boards in the victory.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Manny Harris, Michigan. The super soph scored a career-high 30 points in a win over Michigan Tech. He followed that up with 26 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists vs. Northeastern. Next up is a trip to the Big Apple for a test against UCLA in the 2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer event.

COACH OF THE WEEK: Jeff Guiot, SW Baptist. He picked up his 300th career win (all divisions) in a stunning upset at Utah. His team had good balance as five players scored in double figures vs. the Utes.

DIAPER DANDY OF THE WEEK: Wake Forest's Al-Farouq Aminu scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a blowout of North Carolina Central.

CO-SHOCK OF THE WEEK: VMI 111, Kentucky 103 and Southwest Baptist 80, Utah 79. The fans at Rupp must have thought it was Gardner-Webb all over again. The Wildcats had to know the Keydets were offensive-minded after leading the nation in scoring last season. Kentucky was plagued by 25 turnovers and three-for-16 shooting on three-pointers. Meanwhile Southwest Baptist, a Division II school from Bolivar, Missouri, went into Salt Lake City and stunned the Utah Utes. The Bearcats hit 16-of-32 trifectas while the Utes were four-of-12. It was Southwest Baptist's first win over a Division I school.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.

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