Vitale's Weekly Awards
Each week, I'll hand out an award for Team of the Week, Co-Player of the Week, Shock of the Week and Diaper Dandy of the Week. Here are this week's winners:
TEAM OF THE WEEK: Cornell
For the first time in 37 years, Cornell knocked off a team from the SEC. Senior Ryan Wittman, the son of Randy Wittman, scored 23 points while teammate Jeff Foote added 17 points and seven rebounds as Cornell won at Alabama, 71-67. The Big Red is the defending Ivy League champion.
CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Evan Turner, Ohio State and Rotnei Clarke, Arkansas
Turner posted the second double-double in Ohio State history in the Buckeyes' season-opening win over Alcorn State (14 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists). He pulled down 17 boards in another win, against James Madison.
Clarke set an SEC record with 13 trifectas, part of an incredible 51-point performance in shorthanded Arkansas' 130-68 win over Alcorn State. John Pelphrey's team had five players suspended, and Clarke put on a show. The sophomore from Verdigris, Okla., hit 15-of-21 from the floor, 13-of-17 from 3-point land and 8-of-9 from the charity stripe for his 51 points. Clarke set Arkansas records for points in a game, points in a game at Bud Walton Arena and 3-point baskets in a game.
SHOCK OF THE WEEK: Rider over Mississippi State
Rick Stansbury warned that this was one of the toughest season openers in years for the team from Starkville. He proved to be right. Mike Ringgold and Novar Gadson each had 21 points in the 88-74 stunner. Give Tommy Dempsey's team credit for going on the road and getting a big W for the MAAC.
COACH OF THE WEEK: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse
The Hall of Fame coach earned his 800th career victory when the Orange beat Albany. Boeheim got No. 801 in a win over Robert Morris.
DIAPER DANDY OF THE WEEK: Xavier Henry, Kansas
He lived up to the hype with a super debut, scoring 27 points in a home win over Hofstra. Henry's 27 points broke the school's freshman record previously held by Norm Cook (21 points, Dec. 1, 1973, against Murray State).