The Wooden Award released its midseason Top 25 list on Thursday afternoon, singling out 25 of the nation’s best players. The list includes two members of the award’s 2012 All-America team in Creighton’s Doug McDermott and Murray State’s Isaiah Canaan.
Three freshmen, UNLV’s Anthony Bennett, Kansas’ Ben McLemore and Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, made the list and three programs (Duke, Missouri and Kansas) have multiple players on the list.
Duke’s Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee are both on the list while Kansas big man Jeff Withey joins McLemore, and seniors Phil Pressey and Laurence Bowers represent Missouri.
The entire list of twenty-five players:
Anthony Bennett (UNLV)
Laurence Bowers (Missouri)
Trey Burke (Michigan)
Isaiah Canaan (Murray State)
Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse)
Jack Cooley (Notre Dame)
Seth Curry (Duke)
Jamaal Franklin (San Diego State)
Erick Green (Virginia Tech)
Elias Harris (Gonzaga)
Pierre Jackson (Baylor)
Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati)
C.J. McCollum (Lehigh)
Doug McDermott (Creighton)
Ben McLemore (Kansas)
Brandon Paul (Illinois)
Mason Plumlee (Duke)
Otto Porter Jr. (Georgetown)
Phil Pressey (Missouri)
Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State)
Russ Smith (Louisville)
Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State)
Jeff Withey (Kansas)
Nate Wolters (South Dakota State)
Cody Zeller (Indiana)
Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum made the list despite being ruled out for 8-10 weeks due to a broken bone in his left foot. The list will be trimmed down to ten players the weekend of the Elite 8, with the recipient of the award to be announced during Final Four weekend.
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Monmouth used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to beat Rider on Friday night, a win that will keep the Hawks within striking distance of the kind of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the MAAC tourney.
The run was capped by star point guard Justin Robinson, who buried this three with three seconds left to put Monmouth up for good, 79-78:
Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.
UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.
Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.
All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.
The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.