Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Dick Vitale's Weekly Awards
SPECIAL TO ESPN.COM
Player of the week: Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis
He put on a show at Madison Square Garden in the finals of the 2K Sports final against Connecticut. Douglas-Roberts scored a career-high 33 points in the championship game, hitting 14-of-24 shots from the field. He also added seven rebounds in the title game.
Team of the week: Memphis
John Calipari's team was challenged by two physical teams at Madison Square Garden. The Tigers came through against Oklahoma and Connecticut to show why they are a legitimate Final Four contender.
Coach of the week: Dave Leitao, Virginia
The Cavaliers coach led his team to an upset win at Arizona, 75-72. Sean Singletary scored 24 points and Virginia showed great poise to leave Tucson with a big W!
Diaper Dandy of the week: Eric Gordon, Indiana
What a debut for the Hoosier guard. My friends, he has been compared to being an impact player a la Isiah Thomas and he showed why with 33 points (including seven-of-11 trifectas) in a victory over Chattanooga. Gordon followed up with 21 points (including five more three-pointers) in 26 minutes in a rout of Longwood.
Shock of the week: New Orleans over N.C. State
The Privateers used a late 9-2 run to score a stunner at Raleigh, 65-63. T.J. Worley banked in a three-pointer with 1.7 seconds left just moments after Gavin Grant's driving basket gave the Wolfpack a short-lived lead. Three defenders were on Worley when he launched the winning hoop.
Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.