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Editor's note: This edition is for games played from Sunday, Feb. 1 through Saturday, Feb. 7.
Too bad there isn't a stat for how many shots Hasheem Thabeet scares opposing players from taking. That likely would be an NCAA record. As for the actual statistics, Thabeet scored 14 points, grabbed 11 boards and blocked four shots in Monday's win over Louisville on the road, then came back five days later with 17 points, 12 boards and six blocks in a nonconference home win over Michigan. Thabeet had put up a triple-double the previous week in a win over Providence. If Thabeet continues his current run, he'll be the most dominant defensive player at his position in the country.
The rest of the starting rotation this week:
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DeJuan Blair is in the running for Big East Player of the Year.
DeJuan Blair, So., F, Pitt: Blair dominated DePaul for 32 points and 14 rebounds. Earlier in the week, Blair had put up 18 points and eight rebounds against Robert Morris. The race for Big East Player of the Year will be quite a contest, with Blair, Thabeet and Marquette's Jerel McNeal the early favorites.Dante Cunningham, Sr., F, Villanova: Cunningham is turning into quite a development for the Wildcats. He lit up Syracuse for 31 points and grabbed 10 boards. Earlier in the week, in a road win at Providence, Cunningham scored 12 points and grabbed 11 boards for a steady presence inside. John Bryant, Sr., C, Santa Clara: Bryant had put up big numbers earlier in the season, but the Broncos weren't winning games. They are now. Bryant scored 23 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in a road win at San Diego. Then, late Saturday night, in what could be a crushing loss for Saint Mary's NCAA tournament chances, Bryant scored 21 points and grabbed 15 boards in the 70-52 defeat of the Gaels at Toso Pavilion. Wayne Ellington, Jr., G, North Carolina: Ellington is one of the hottest players in the country. He scored 34 points in a win over Maryland, making seven 3s. He then poured in 20 with four 3s in Saturday's win over Virginia. If Ellington is on, the Tar Heels space themselves better and score more, and are even more of a threat to win the title.
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Jack McClinton and Miami could be one of eight ACC teams in the NCAA tournament.
CAA: Northeastern lost to last-place William & Mary on the road but still remained in first place by a game over VCU. That bodes well for the Huskies to earn the top seed in the conference tournament, but it doesn't bode well for their NCAA seeding.Big East: Who'd expected Georgetown and Notre Dame to play on the Tuesday at the Big East tournament in New York? Syracuse, Cincinnati, Providence and West Virginia all had five losses through Saturday. At least two of those should earn a bid for sure, but will three, four? The Big East easily could be whittled down to eight bids instead of the coveted nine or 10. Pac-10: USC is still a mystery. Cal is tied with the Trojans with four losses; Arizona has five. Expect at least one of these three to be edged out for a bid. SEC: It's hard to see an SEC team in the second weekend of the NCAA tournament, although Villanova didn't look the part last season and got there from the Big East as a 12-seed. But the seeding of the SEC teams continues to take a hit with losses by Kentucky and Tennessee. The revolving door of who is the best team in the league continues. It was once Tennessee, then Kentucky. Now it's Florida. Who's next? Perhaps South Carolina, or maybe LSU?
7 p.m.: West Virginia at Pitt (ESPN)
9 p.m.: Kansas at Missouri (ESPN)
7:30 p.m.: Marquette at Villanova (ESPN2)
9 p.m.: Clemson at Boston College
7 p.m.: Xavier at Dayton (ESPN Classic)
7 p.m.: Syracuse at UConn (ESPN)
9 p.m.: North Carolina at Duke (ESPN)
9 p.m.: UCLA at Arizona State (ESPN)
11 p.m.: Gonzaga at Saint Mary's (ESPN2)
4 p.m.: Florida State at Wake Forest (ESPN360)