J-W sports editor Tom Keegan each week will observe and analyze the national college basketball scene. Here are his thoughts for Feb. 20-26:
Player of the week: Nick Fazekas, Nevada
The 6-foot-11 junior who torched KU for 35 points on the first day of December averaged 24.5 points and 15.5 rebounds in victories over Idaho and Utah State for his nationally ranked team. Fazekas, averaging 21.6 points and 10.3 rebounds, is such a star nobody has the guts to tell him he shoots too many three-pointers. He's jacked 83 of them and has made just 28 percent.
Team of the week: Arkansas
The Razorbacks (19-8, 8-6) got off to a 1-3 start in SEC play, but have bounced back to build a solid case for an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament. Led by junior guard Ronnie Brewer, Arkansas has won three in a row, knocking off Florida, Alabama and on the road, Tennessee.
Bust of the week: Northern Iowa
UNI started the week in the national rankings and ended it looking like a team that needs to win its conference tourney to assure itself a bid. First, the Panthers were drilled at home by Bradley, 71-49, then lost at Southern Illinois, 46-45. Will Iowa want Greg McDermott if he's in the NIT?
Game to watch: Memphis vs. UAB
This game provides a nice opportunity to see what Memphis can do against a quality opponent on the road. UAB, coached by Nolan Richardson understudy Mike Anderson, constantly traps, but Memphis is so quick it should prevail.
8 p.m. Thursday, ESPN2 (Sunflower Broadband Channel 34)