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Weekly Awards: Karl Towns shows us his best, Oklahoma State back in the Big 12 convo

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Karl Towns, Kentucky

Kentucky put together a pair of solid wins this week, knocking off Georgia at home before going into the O-Dome and taking Florida’s best shot before beating the Gators. Towns, in those two games, played his best basketball since he arrived in Lexington, averaging 17.0 points, 10.5 boards, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocks in the two wins.

It’s not just the numbers for Towns, because if he were consistently playing 31 minutes every night on a team where the offensive was built around him, he could probably put up numbers like that for an entire season. It’s the little things that he showed an ability to do, like a deft over-the-head pass for a dunk out of a double-team or reading a defender trying to anticipate how Towns would use a screen. We know Towns can block shots and we know that he can get to the offensive glass. We’ve even seen him do a decent job switching onto guards while defending ball-screens.

If there’s a knock on Kentucky this season, it’s that they don’t score all that well in half court settings. When Towns is making plays like that, the Wildcats are that much more dangerous.

THE ALL ‘THEY WERE GOOD, TOO’ TEAM

  • Marcus Posley, St. Bonaventure: The Bonnies went 2-0 this week, and Posley is the one to thank. He hit buzzer-beating game-winners in wins over No. 18 VCU and Davidson.
  • Joseph Young, Oregon: Young led the Ducks to wins over the Washington schools this week, averaging 30.5 points, 6.5 boards and 5.0 assists. He shot 22-for-37 from the floor and 7-for-14 from three, and suddenly, the Ducks are tied for third in the Pac-12, just two games behind Arizona and Utah.
  • Rico Gathers, Baylor: The Bears have won five of their last six games, including a pair of blowout wins against TCU and at West Virginia. Gathers had 31 points and 33 boards in those two wins.
  • Justise Winslow, Duke: Winslow went for 15 points and 10 boards in a win over Georgia Tech, following that up with 19 points and 11 boards in Saturday’s beatdown of Notre Dame. He’s now notched three straight double-doubles.
  • Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga: In a pair of road wins for the Zags, Wiltjer was the best player on the floor, averaging 25.5 points and 8.5 boards.
  • Notables: Schadrac Casimir (Iona), Jamel Artis (Pitt), Jalen Cannon (St. Francis NY)
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TEAM OF THE WEEK: Oklahoma State Cowboys

The Pokes landed a pair of critical wins this week, as they went into Texas and knocked off the Longhorns in overtime, following that up with a win over No. 8 Kansas at Gallagher-Iba Area. The Big 12 might be a bit overrated at this point, but there is no denying how much of a meat-grinder league play is in that conference. Winning two straight games against teams that could end up making the NCAA tournament — particularly when coming off of a loss — is huge. The wins also put Travis Ford’s club in a much better position in regards to the NCAA tournament.

THEY WERE GOOD, TOO

  • Virginia: The Cavaliers beat North Carolina and Louisville this week, solidifying their place at the top of the national rankings, but they also lost Justin Anderson in the process.
  • Iowa: The Hawkeyes bounced back from a three-game losing streak with blowout wins at Michigan and over No. 17 Maryland at home.
  • Boise State: The Broncos are suddenly in the bubble conversation and tied for first place (in the loss column) in the Mountain West after wins at Utah State and over San Diego State this week. They’ve won seven straight.
  • Arizona State: The Sun Devils beat arch rival Arizona at home on Saturday afternoon. It won’t be enough for them to get into the NCAA tournament picture, but a win over a rival can make a bad season worthwhile.
  • Harvard: The Crimson have now won four straight road games in Ivy League play, culminating with a win at Yale on Saturday night.

SET YOUR DVR

  • No. 11 Iowa State at No. 21 Oklahoma, Mon. 9:00 p.m.
  • No. 1 Kentucky at LSU, Tue. 7:00 p.m.
  • No. 19 Baylor at No. 8 Kansas, Sat. 1:00 p.m.
  • No. 18 VCU at George Washington, Sat. 2:00 p.m.
  • No. 7 Villanova at Butler, Sat. 6:00 p.m.

Marcus Posley’s second buzzer beater of the week lifts St. Bonaventure over No. 18 VCU (VIDEO)

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St. Bonaventure junior guard Marcus Posley is having himself quite a week. After a buzzer-beating win over Davidson in which he made a thrilling runner for the win on Wednesday, Posley was at it again in a win over No. 18 VCU on Saturday.

Posley drove and hit a tough shot off glass to give the Bonnies a 73-71 upset win over the Rams. The 6-foot-1 Posley struggled to find his offense for much of the afternoon, as he only shot 5-for-18 from the field in the game, but he picked a great time to step up and deliver a big shot.

Playing without Treveon Graham, VCU was led by 15 points from freshman forward Terry Larrier while JeQuan Lewis chipped in 14 points.

While Posley hit the big shot, and is the leading scorer on the season for St. Bonaventure, forward Dion Wright had 19 points and eight rebounds in 39 minutes played to pace the Bonnies.

Marcus Posley, Youssou Ndoye lead St. Bonaventure past Saint Joseph’s (VIDEO)

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After dropping games to Dayton and Richmond, Mark Schmidt’s St. Bonaventure Bonnies have now won two straight Atlantic 10 games with the latest being a 70-61 home win over Saint Joseph’s Sunday afternoon on NBCSN. Marcus Posley scored 23 points and big man Youssou Ndoye added 15, six rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots for the Bonnies, who are now 3-2 in league play.

Saint Joseph’s dropped to 1-4 in the Atlantic 10 despite a 27-point effort from one of the conference’s best players in sophomore DeAndre Bembry. The problem for the Hawks is that no one else could get untracked, as the remaining players combined to shoot 13-for-41 from the field.

St. Bonaventure shot 47.2% from the field, with 18 of their 25 made field goals being assisted.