Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Big East Honors Siva, Lamb; Conference 6-1 vs. Top 10
The Big East has named Louisville guard Peyton Siva and Connecticut guard Jeremy Lamb the winners of the conference’s weekly men’s basketball honors for the week ending Jan. 30.
Siva was chosen as Big East Player of the Week for the second time this season after he averaged 16.5 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals while leading the Cardinals to two one-point wins. He scored the winning basket with 4.5 seconds remaining in a 55-54 win over West Virginia. In a 79-78 victory at Connecticut he had 19 points, including game-tying shots in both regulation and the first overtime.
Lamb was tabbed as Big East Rookie of the Week for the first time after he averaged 22.5 ppg in a 1-1 week for the Huskies. The 6-5 freshman from Norcross, Ga., scored a career-high 24 points in a 76-68 victory at Marquette. In a 79-78 loss in double overtime against Louisville, Lamb registered 21 points, six rebounds and three assists. For the season, Lamb is averaging 9.5 ppg. Last week, Lamb was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll.
BIG EAST Player of the Week
PEYTON SIVA, Louisville, G, So.
BIG EAST Rookie of the Week
JEREMY LAMB, Connecticut, G, Fr.
BIG EAST Honor RollAustin Freeman, Georgetown, G, Sr.
Averaged 22.0 ppg in a 2-0 week. In a 69-66 win at Villanova, he scored 30 points, including 12 points in the final 6:36. Earlier in the week, he had 14 points in a 77-52 victory over St. John’s.
Jimmy Butler, Marquette, F, Sr.
Averaged 20.0 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 54.2 percent from the floor in a 1-1 week. Had 19 points and eight boards in a 76-70 win over Syracuse.
Ben Hansbrough, Notre Dame, G, Sr.
Scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half of a 56-51 win at Pittsburgh. He also had seven assists and four rebounds. It was Notre Dame’s only game of the week.
Dwight Hardy, St. John’s, G, Sr.
Recorded 26 points in a 93-78 win over No. 3/3 Duke. He shot 9-of-13 from the floor. Had 10 points in a loss at Georgetown.
Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall, G, Sr.
Posted 28 points, nine rebounds and four steals in a 90-68 win at Syracuse. Had 10 points in an 81-71 win against Providence.
BIG EAST 6-1 VS. TOP 10
The Big East is 12-9 against Top 25 teams outside the conference, and 6-1 against Top 10 teams outside the league. Here are the results against Top 10 teams:
Nov. 22 – No. 1 Duke 82, Marquette 77
Nov. 23 – UConn 70, No. 2 Michigan State 67
Nov. 24 – UConn 84, No. 8 Kentucky 67
Nov. 30 – Georgetown 111, No 9 Missouri 102 (OT)
Dec. 8 – Syracuse 72, No. 7 Michigan State 58
Jan. 16 – West Virginia 68, No. 8 Purdue 64
Jan. 30 – St. John’s 93, No. 3 Duke 78
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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