McHugh Mattis Averaged 17.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.0 blocked shots over three games for the Bulls last week. A 46-56 loss to Richmond, a 63-43 win at Winston-Salem where he had a triple-double, and a 65-52 win over East Carolina.
Carter posted a career-high 27 points in the Irish's 99-85 win over No. 4/5 Alabama. He was 6-of-11 from 3-point range, grabbed five rebounds and made five steals. It was Notre Dame's only game of the week. Carter, a native of Paulsboro, N.J., is averaging a team-leading 16.6 points and has reached double figures in every game this season.
Harvey earns rookie honors for the second straight week. In a 69-59 come-from-behind win over Penn State, he scored a career-high 27 points and shot 6-of-7 from 3-point range. He also grabbed five rebounds and dealt four assists. Earlier in the week, he had 14 points in an 83-49 victory over Monmouth. For the two games, the native of Brooklyn, N.Y. was 8-of-9 from beyond the arc.
BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Russell Carter, Notre Dame, F, Sr., 6-6, 195
BIG EAST ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Eugene Harvey, Seton Hall, G, Fr., 6-0, 165
BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL:
Kyle McAlarney, Notre Dame, G, So.
Scored 20 pts. on 7-of-9 shooting in win over Alabama.
Aaron Gray, Pittsburgh, C, Sr.
Averaged 17.5 pts., 11.5 rebs., and shot 53.8 percent from the floor in a 2-0 week. Had two double-doubles.
McHugh Mattis, USF, F, Sr.
Averaged 17.3 pts., 11.3 rebs., 5.0 blocks in a 2-1 week. Had a triple-double in a win at Winston-Salem.
Demetris Nichols, Syracuse, F, Sr.
Averaged 27.0 pts., shot 62.5 percent from the floor in a 1-1 week.
Alex Ruoff, West Virginia, G, So.
Averaged 16.5 pts., 5.0 assists and shot 73.3 percent from 3-point range in a 2-0 week, which included a victory over NC State.
BIG EAST Men's Basketball Weekly Report
Five In The AP Poll This Week
Five BIG EAST squads are in this week's Associated Press poll. Pittsburgh stayed at No. 2 followed by Connecticut (14th), Marquette (20th), Notre Dame (21st) and Syracuse (23th). Notre Dame got back in the rankings for the first time since Nov. 29, 2004. The Irish gained the pollsters attention when they won back-to-back games against ranked opponents – No. 23 Maryland and No. 4 Alabama.
New Stars Are Emerging
BIG EAST Conference play has not started yet, but already there are many players who have taken big jumps in terms of production. Here is just a sampling of some players who have taken advantage of more playing time or have simply put up better numbers:
Player, School This Season Last Season
13.3 ppg, 10 rebs.
6.0 ppg, 5.9 rebs.
Started only one game last year
First-time starter this season
Kurz, Notre Dame
15.3 ppg, 8.5 rebs.
6.4 ppg, 5.1 rebs.
ND's second leading scorer, top rebounder
16.1 ppg, 7.3 rebs.
9.0 ppg, 4.8 rebs.
Leads league in field goal pct. (.713)
Laing, Seton Hall
15.4 ppg, 6.9 rebs.
5.8 ppg, 3.6 rebs.
Has led team in scoring in four of seven games
17.6 ppg, 9.6 rebs., 5.3 bl. 9.6 ppg, 7.2 rebs.
Leads league in blocked shots
2.2 ppg, 2.0 rebs.
Played only 11.4 min./game last year
Alexander, West Virginia
Scored only 13 points last season