Weekly awards

Updated: December 20, 2010, 3:03 PM ET
By Dick Vitale |


Bruiser Flint's Dragons scored a stunning upset, handing Louisville its first loss of the season. That came at Pitino's Palace, also known as the Yum! Center. The Dragons survived a scare from St. Francis (Pa.) to complete a good week. At 8-1, Drexel can make some noise in the competitive CAA.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: John Shurna, Northwestern

He led the unbeaten Wildcats to a pair of easy wins. Shurna hit 10-of-11 from the floor, finishing with 26 points, seven assists and seven rebounds in a win over LIU. He had 28 points on nine-of-14 shooting in a victory over American.

COACH OF THE WEEK: Geno Auriemma, Connecticut women's team

The Hall of Famer led his team to its 88th straight win, matching the accomplishment of John Wooden's UCLA men's program. Connecticut blew out a top 10 team to get to number 88, beating Ohio State at the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden.

SHOCK OF THE WEEK: Illinois-Chicago over Illinois

Bruce Weber's team was stunned at the United Center, 57-54 as the Flames snapped a four-game losing streak. It was the first time UIC beat the Illini in 20 years. First-year coach Howard Moore got to celebrate a big-time upset.

DIAPER DANDY OF THE WEEK: Jared Sullinger, Ohio State

For the second week in a row, Jared Sullinger is my diaper dandy extraordinaire! He had 30 points and 19 rebounds in a blowout win over South Carolina. Sullinger has become a dominant inside force in a very short amount of time.

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