Monday, January 30, 2006


Keegan’s report: college basketball


J-W sports editor Tom Keegan each week will observe and analyze the national college basketball scene.

Here are his thoughts for Jan. 22-29:

Player of the week: Adam Morrison, Gonzaga

The nation's best player and leading scorer (29.0) had what, even by his standards, was a huge week. A Type 1 diabetic who injects himself with insulin during games, Morrison averaged 41 points and seven rebounds in two victories in which he made seven of 13 three-pointers. Morrison has scored at least 30 points nine times, including five of the last six games. He has hit 40 four times, twice this past week.

Team of the week: Michigan

The Wolverines knocked off Michigan State and Wisconsin without third-leading scorer Lester Abram Jr. to run their winning streak to four games. Michigan will undoubtedly appear in the Top 25. Its only losses were to ranked teams UCLA, Indiana and Illinois.

Bust of the week: Louisville

Everyone repeat after me: "Louisville does not deserve to be ranked. Louisville does not deserve to be ranked." Losing at Rutgers in itself is no disgrace. The RAC is a tough place to play. The fact it was not the least surprising is more the issue for the overrated Cardinals, 2-5 in the Big East.

Game to watch: So. Illinois vs. Wichita State

Huge game for the at-large berth hopes of teams in the hunt for the conference title in the underrated Missouri Valley Conference. Mix in Northern Iowa and Creighton, and the conference will get anywhere from one to four bids.

11:05 a.m. Saturday, ESPN2

(Sunflower Broadband Channel 34)

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