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Vitale's weekly awards

Updated: January 18, 2010, 9:56 AM ET
By Dick Vitale

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Pittsburgh

Jamie Dixon's squad was picked ninth in the Big East preseason poll. Now the Panthers are 5-0 in Big East play following wins at Connecticut and home against Louisville. The return of a healthy Jermaine Dixon plus academically eligible Gilbert Brown has made a difference. This is a very dangerous team that also has wins at Syracuse and Cincinnati this season.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Scottie Reynolds, Villanova

The veteran guard turned down a shot at the NBA, and coach Jay Wright was thrilled. Reynolds scored 36 points, hitting nine-of-10 field goal attempts (including all five three-pointers) as Villanova rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Louisville, 92-84. He was also brilliant against Georgetown, scoring 27 points in another conference victory.

SHOCK OF THE WEEK: NC State over Florida State

The Wolfpack entered Tallahassee with an 0-2 record in ACC play. Sidney Lowe's club left with an 88-81 surprise. Diaper dandy Scott Wood scored a career-high 31 points while pulling down seven boards in the upset.

CO-COACHES OF THE WEEK: Jay Wright, Villanova and Jeff Capel, Oklahoma

Wright led his Wildcats to wins over Louisville and Georgetown as the team remained unbeaten in league play.

Capel's Sooners bounced back from a previous blowout at Baylor to get to the winner's circle against heated rival Oklahoma State and conference foe Missouri.

CO-DIAPER DANDIES OF THE WEEK: Elias Harris, Gonzaga and Hassan Whiteside, Marshall.

Harris totaled 51 points and 22 rebounds in a pair of Gonzaga wins over both St. Mary's and San Diego.

Whiteside posted his second triple-double of the season with 14 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in a come-from-behind win at Central Florida. He followed that up with 20 points and 12 boards in a victory over Tulane.

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.