J-W sports editor Tom Keegan each week will observe and analyze the national college basketball scene. His thoughts for last week:
Player of the week: J.J. Redick, Duke
Redick has had better shooting weeks, but he came through in the clutch in a pair of close victories over Boston College and Florida State. He averaged 32 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists. Against Florida State, Redick scored eight of his 36 points in overtime and hit the go-ahead three-point shot. A senior who steadily has improved at creating his own shots, Redick is averaging 28.1 points per game.
Team of the week: George Washington
The Colonials, coached by Karl Hobbs, a high school teammate of Patrick Ewing and a former Jim Calhoun assistant coach at UConn, won at Xavier for the first time in 10 years and blew out Richmond to improve to 18-1 overall and 8-0 in the Atlantic 10.
Bust of the week: Missouri
Winless in five games since defeating Kansas University, Quin Snyder's Tigers were toothless in getting pasted by Bob Knight's talent-challenged Texas Tech Red Raiders, 73-55. Thomas Gardner, who dropped 40 points on KU, was limited to two points and is averaging 15 points since the KU game.
Game to watch: Duke vs. North Carolina
Tobacco Road freshmen Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina and Josh McRoberts of Duke play against each other for the first time, but, even on the road, Duke has the big advantage thanks to its seniors.
8 p.m. Tuesday, ESPN
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