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Weekly Awards

Updated: February 9, 2009, 12:34 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Ohio State

Thad Matta's young Buckeyes knocked off a pair of ranked opponents this week. Ohio State took out Purdue, 80-72. Then came a 64-58 decision over Tubby Smith's Minnesota Golden Gophers.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jack McClinton, Miami

This was an important week for Miami, and the Hurricanes blew away Wake Forest and almost got past Duke In Cameron Indoor Stadium. One of the nation's premier outside shooters, McClinton scored 32 against the Demon Deacons and 34 versus the Dukies.

CO-SHOCK OF THE WEEK: South Florida over Marquette and Charleston over Davidson

Stan Heath's South Florida squad entered this contest with a 2-7 league mark and 7-14 overall. Marquette had an unblemished Big East record until upset city hit, 57-56. Davidson had a 27-game home win streak and 43 straight Southern Conference regular-season wins until Bobby Cremins and Charleston walked away with a surprise.

COACH OF THE WEEK: Ben Howland, UCLA

Howland has his Bruins playing like Final Four contenders again. UCLA had a pair of convincing double-figure wins, beating USC 76-60 and Notre Dame, 89-63. The Bruins have held eight of their last nine opponents below 70 points as defense is a Howland trademark.

DIAPER DANDY OF THE WEEK: Tyreke Evans, Memphis

John Calipari's team has not lost since Evans was shifted into the point guard slot. He had 26 points, four rebounds and four assists vs. SMU. Then on national television, he put up 22 points, six boards and hit three-of-six trifectas as the Tigers beat Gonzaga on the road.

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.