Commentary

Weekly Awards

Updated: March 9, 2009, 4:52 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Pittsburgh

Jamie Dixon's Panthers closed the regular season with a pair of wins over ranked teams. Pittsburgh knocked off Marquette, 90-75, and Connecticut, 70-60. The Panthers finished the season with a perfect home record. The defense held the Huskies to their lowest point total of the season. Levance Fields, DeJuan Blair, Sam Young and company have momentum entering the Big East tournament.

CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kevin Tiggs, East Tennessee State and Stefon Jackson, UTEP

Tiggs, a senior forward, averaged 26.3 ppg. during the Atlantic Sun tournament, leading the Bucs to an automatic NCAA tournament bid. He earned MVP honors for the tourney. Jackson put up a pair of 30-point performances in double-figure wins over UAB and at Southern Mississippi. Jackson is the all-time leading scorer in Conference USA and he has put up big numbers all season long.

SHOCK OF THE WEEK: Georgia over Kentucky

The Wildcats needed a win to enhance their NCAA tournament chances. Instead, the Bulldogs, after going 2-14 in their prior 16 games coming in, scored a 90-85 stunner. It was the first SEC road win of the season for Georgia, as interim head coach Peter Herrmann had to be proud of his squad. Terrence Woodbury put up 30 big points as it was shock city to Big Blue in Lexington.

COACH OF THE WEEK: Kevin Stallings, Vanderbilt

His Commodores scored a pair of impressive victories, beating LSU and Arkansas to build momentum heading into the SEC tournament.

DIAPER DANDY OF THE WEEK: Tyreke Evans, Memphis

He averaged 20 ppg., 8.5 rpg and five assists per contest in wins over Houston and Tulane. Evans has helped the Tigers post a 22-game win streak.

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.