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The Big East has been arguably the best and toughest conference in NCAA Men‚Äôs Basketball for 33 years. The Georgetown Hoyas ended this era with a win over Rival Syracuse. The big east has produced multiple national champions and ended with the conference‚Äôs top rivals. This emotional game Secures the Hoyas as the No. 1 Seed in the Big East with a final score of 69 ‚Äď 31 .

Bench warmers don’t need to make big plays to get on TV

Villanova Bench Warmers celebrate in style. These two go “Game of Thrones” and plan on celebrating in bigger fashion as more games are played. With exciting upsets and story lines unfolding this season is nothing short of crazy. Stay Tuned!

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As the race for the National Player of the Year comes close to an end, there are a handful of contenders pushing to claim the title. ¬†One of the spot-light players that’s been talked about throughout the season is Victor Oladipo, Junior Guard of Indiana Hoosiers (No. 2).

¬†Oladpio originally from Upper Marlboro, Maryland is the second leading scorer of Indiana, avergaing 13.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. ¬†Oladipo has shown outstanding athleticism, quickness, leaping ability, and relentless defense. ¬†He can guard many positions and averages 2.3 steals per game. ¬†This past season Oladipo has increased his game in 3-point shooting, in the offseason he was shooting at 20.8% and improved to 52.4%. ¬†As of right now Victor Oladipo has been chosen as one of the top 5 picks for this year’s upcoming NBA draft. ¬†

Ryan Kelly Single-Handedly leads Duke to Victory over Miami

In last Saturday’s big game with Duke versus Miami, Ryan Kelly the 6-foot-11 Senior shocked everyone with his amazing return to the court. Kelly sat out the last 2 months with a foot injury and in his return, Kelly only practiced 20 minutes and scored a career high of 36-points leading Duke to their 79-76 victory over Miami.

Everyone in the gym was overwhelmingly amazed that night, along with some of his own teammates. Teammate Mason Plumee responded, “we’re going to get back to how we were playing.” “Having him back is uplifting. He kept saying he wanted to come back, but no one really knew if he’d be able to,” Plumlee added. March is finally here and Duke is going no where, they are hungry and they aim high for the NCAA title.

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Player of the Month: Otto Porter,Georgetown

–¬†He averaged 19.0 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 2.4 APG and a 145.3 offensive rating during the month. This included a career-best 33 points at Syracuse.

Defensive Player of the Month: Zeke Marshall, Akron

-Opponents shoot just 40.8 percent against Akron, fourth lowest in the nation.  Marshall averaged 7.7 RPG, 3.3 BPG and 1.0 SPG during the month.

Freshmen player of the Month: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

-His month included 25 points in a win at Kansas and career-high 28 in a win over Oklahoma. He averaged 17.4 points per game, 3.1 steals per game.

Scorer of the Month: Nate Wolters, South Dakota State

-Wolters led all scorers with 27.6 PPG in February, while shooting 57.7 percent from the field.  He’s the first player to average 27 PPG and 6 APG in February since Earl Boykins and Charles Jones did it in 1998.

Free Throw Shooter of the Month: Russ Smith, Louisville

-Smith had a 90.8 free throw percentage during the month, while averaging 8.4 makes per game

3-Point Shooter of the Month: Marland Smith, Southeast Missouri

-Smith emerged as one of the nation’s top long-distance shooters. Entering the month he averaged 7.8 PPG with a 33.3 3-point field goal percentage. But in February, he averaged 17.4 PPG and shot 62.0 percent from beyond the arc.

Rebounder of the Month: Jarnell Stokes, Tennesse

–¬†He averaged 11.4 RPG during the month, fourth in the nation.

Distributor of the Month: Vincent Council, Providence

-Council finished fifth in the nation with 7.7 APG in February, and his 3.8 assist-to-turnover ratio separated him from the point guard pack. Over the last five games, he’s handed out 37 assists compared to just six turnovers.

Potential All-Star Players.

Posted: February 28, 2013 in Players, Predictions

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Shane Larkin continues to push hard for Miami Hurricanes at the No. 5 defeating Virginia Tech at 76-58. ¬†Larkin, the Sophomore Guard, originally from Orlando, Florida, is one of Miami’s most crucial players. ¬†

In Miami’s game versus¬†Virginia¬†Tech, Larkin scores 22-points and plays outstanding defense on Erick Green, Virginia Tech’s top player. ¬†This lead to Miami’s victory against Virginia. ¬†Prior to this game, Miami took a hard loss against Wake Forest, which ended their 14-game winning streak. However, this loss did not phase Larkin. ¬†He responded,¬†”A lot of people wanted to see how we would respond to a loss, I think we came out and imposed our will.” Larkin shot 8 for 12, including 3 of 5 3-pointers and 6 assits. With Larkin shutting down Virginia’s best player and scoring 22 points, this lead to the big W for Miami. ¬†From the looks of it, it seems as if Larkin and his teammates are getting ready for their big game on Saturday against Duke Blue Devils. ¬†The big question is, will Shane Larkin be able to shut down major players Seth Curry and Mason Plumee of Duke? .. We’ll find out Saturday!

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Allen Crabbe, Junior guard from Cal Golden Bears was named one of three honor payers of the year, along with Otto Porter and Kendall Williams.  

Crabbe is a Junior guard originally from Los Anegeles, California. As a Pac-12 Player of the Year candidate, he has also led the conference in scoring the entire season and is currently ranked 27th nationally with a 19-points-per-game average.

Crabbe also ranks among the Pac-12 leaders in three-point field goals made (T-6th, 2.0) free-throw percentage (7th, .798), defensive rebounds (11th, 4.8) steals (13th, 1.3) and minutes played (2nd, 36.2).¬†A two-time Pac-12 Player of the Week honoree this season, Crabbe has scored 20-points or more 13 times this season and has also scored 30-point games twice. He scored a career-best 33 points in the win against Pepperdine and 31 points to lead Cal to a victory at No. 7 Arizona. With 1442 points, Crabbe is well on his way to shatter the school’s all-time scoring record set by¬†Jerome Randle¬†(1,835 points from 2007-10). ¬†

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Aaron Craft is a junior basketball player for the Ohio State Buckeyes has been known to be one of the Nation’s top defenders. Buckeye fans would have never guessed him making major contributions on the other end of court. In his Sunday game against Michigan State ranked 4th, Craft continually slashed through the lane reaching a career-high of ¬†21-points reaching a victory of 68-60. ¬†He hit¬†7-of-12 shots — almost all of them on drives through a thicket of players in the paint. ¬†

Craft was named the Academic All-America of the Year last week. ¬†It’s been discussed how effective Craft has been at carrying his academic load during his career at Columbus. ¬†Craft has been one of the best perimeter defenders in the country. He’s been assigned to guard the opponent’s best scoring guard on a nightly basis for the last few seasons — and has excelled. As a junior, though, Craft has become more of a scoring option and that’s something that will need to continue down the stretch for Ohio State. ¬†Taking some of the offensive responsibility off his teammates’ shoulders will be a major plus for the Buckeyes in the NCAA tournament. Craft finding ways to be a consistent offensive threat will determine whether that happens.

This week’s National players of the week are Kendall Williams and Otto Porter.

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Kendall Williams of the New Mexico Lobos scored career high of 46-points in the game versus the Colorado Rams, defeating the Rams 91-82. ¬†Wiliams is a Junior Guard from Rancho¬†Cucamonga.¬† He single-handedly ended the game as well as Ram’s home-court winning streak of 27 games.¬†His performance helped the Lobos to clinch the regular season championship in the what has been labeled the toughest conference in the nation this season. Prior to this Saturday game Wiliams had not scored more then 14-points in a MWC game this season and had not made more than four 3-pointers all year. His previous all time high score was held at 24-points with only five 3-pointers last year.¬†

In Saturday’s game Colorado had the lead by 3 points at halftime, after that Williams shutdown the second half with 10 out 13 3-pointers, making 12 out of 16 shots. ¬†With Lobos only up by 3-points with less than 2 minutes left, he seals the deal with his last 3-point behind the arc to win the game. ¬†Lobos is looking like one of the top players of the tournament, will he take his team all the way, we’ll find out!

 

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Otto Porter, Sophomore forward of Georgetown has big chances of winning Big East player of the year.  Porter has delivered, averaging 15.1 points and 7.7 rebounds and looking the part of a future NBA small forward.  Porter grew in Sikeston, Missouri playing pick-up games against his friends and family instead of making a name for himself on the AAU circuit.  He was later scouted in his senior year of high school against the Missouri versus Kansas game.  Porter had a heroic performance in front of the largest crowd ever to watch an on-campus college basketball game on Saturday versus Syracuse.  He sent home 35,000 sadden orange-clad fans home by scoring a career-high of 33-points to lead Georgetown to a 56-45 road victory of the Big East.  Porter hit 12 of 19 shots and 5 out of 10 3-pointers that game.  He has also showed off his length and defensive acumen, grabbing eight rebounds and tallying five steals his game on Saturday.  If Porter continues playing well he is looking at the Best Player of the Big East Conference and potentially a future NBA forward.