Weekly Awards (Feb. 23)


TEAM OF THE WEEK: Pittsburgh

Jamie Dixon's Panthers got a big win at Connecticut in a Big East showdown. Pittsburgh finished off the week with an easy win over DePaul. With losses by North Carolina and Oklahoma, the Panthers figure to reclaim the number one spot in the rankings.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: DeJuan Blair, Pittsburgh

He had a pair of monster double-doubles. He put up 22 point and 23 rebounds against Hasheem Thabeet and Connecticut. Then he posted 20 points and 18 boards against DePaul. The 41 rebounds over a two-game span set a school record.

SHOCK OF THE WEEK: Maryland over North Carolina

The Tar Heels led by 16 points with 14 minutes to play. Greivis Vasquez and company kept fighting, and the Terps got to the winner's circle in overtime. Gary Williams' squad is back in contention for an NCAA berth.

COACH OF THE WEEK: Leonard Hamilton, Florida State

The Seminoles look like lock city to return to the big dance for the first time in over a decade. Florida State scored wins over Miami and Virginia Tech (the latter on the road in a tough environment). With 21 wins, this is turning into a special season for Hamilton and his squad.

DIAPER DANDY OF THE WEEK: Willie Warren, Oklahoma

The Sooners lost a tough one at Texas, but Warren put on a show. He was a star, especially with Blake Griffin sidelined with a concussion. I was so impressed with the play of the diaper dandy, who will contend with Tyreke Evans of Memphis for best rookie this season.