USF's McHugh Mattis On BIG EAST Honor Roll

USF's McHugh Mattis was named to the BIG EAST weekly Honor Roll for his performance this past week. Notre Dame forward Russell Carter was named BIG EAST Player of the Week, while Eugene Harvey earned Rookie of the Week accolades for the second consecutive week.

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.

Russell Carter, Notre Dame, F, Sr., 6-6, 195

Eugene Harvey, Seton Hall, G, Fr., 6-0, 165

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

Jeff Adrien, Connecticut             13.3 ppg, 10 rebs.                6.0 ppg, 5.9 rebs.
Started only one game last year

Jessie Sapp, Georgetown            10.0 ppg                             2.8 ppg
First-time starter this season

Rob Kurz, Notre Dame                15.3 ppg, 8.5 rebs.               6.4 ppg, 5.1 rebs.
ND's second leading scorer, top rebounder

Herbert Hill, Providence              16.1 ppg, 7.3 rebs.               9.0 ppg, 4.8 rebs.
Leads league in field goal pct. (.713)

Brian 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

McHugh Mattis, USF                 17.6 ppg, 9.6 rebs., 5.3 bl.  9.6 ppg, 7.2 rebs.
Leads league in blocked shots

Shane Clark, Villanova                 9.9 ppg                               2.2 ppg, 2.0 rebs.
Played only 11.4 min./game last year

Joe Alexander, West Virginia      12.1 ppg                              1.3 ppg
Scored only 13 points last season



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