The Wooden Award released their Midseason Top 25 list on Wednesday.
Most of the names that you would expect to be on there are. But there are some notable headscratchers, at least in my eyes.
Andrew Wiggins is on this list. Joel Embiid isn’t. Granted, Wiggins has arguably been better than Embiid if you factor in the entire season, but no one has been talked about more in recent weeks than Embiid.
I’m also confused by Aaron Craft’s presence on this lit over Big Ten opponents Nik Stauskas and Gary Harris. I love Craft. He’s not had a very good year. Cleanthony Early over Fred VanVleet is another one.
Anyway, the good news is that this list isn’t final. Anyone from outside the top 25 can be added to the final list.
- Kyle Anderson, UCLA
- Keith Appling, Michigan State
- Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico
- Jordan Clarkson, Missouri
- Aaron Craft, Ohio State
- Sam Dekker, Wisconsin
- Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
- Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
- C.J. Fair, Syracuse
- Aaron Gordon, Arizona
- Rodney Hood, Duke
- Nick Johnson, Arizona
- DeAndre Kane, Iowa State
- Doug McDermott, Creighton
- Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
- Jabari Parker, Duke
- Adreian Payne, Michigan State
- Casey Prather, Florida
- Julius Randle, Kentucky
- Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
- Russ Smith, Louisville
- T.J. Warren, North Carolina State
- Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
- Chaz Williams, Massachusetts
- Joseph Young, Oregon
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.