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DICK VITALE TOP 25

January 14th 2019

1-Duke

2-Michigan

3-Virginia

4-Tennessee

5-Michigan State

6- Gonzaga

7-Texas Tech

8-Kansas

9-Virginia Tech

10-Kentucky

11-Nevada

12-Florida State

13-Buffalo

14-Marquette

15-Auburn

16-North Carolina

17-NC State

18-Oklahoma

19-Villanova

20-Maryland

21-Nebraska

22-Houston

23-Wisconsin

24-Iowa

25-Louisville

Weekly Awards

January 14th, 2019

 

PTP’ER OF THE WEEK: Sony Michel

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Mississippi basketball

SHOCK OF THE WEEK: Hawks over Sixers

STOCK UP: Los Angeles Rams

STOCK DOWN: Cleveland Cavaliers

 

 

Each week, I’ll give you my weekly awards for the creme de la creme of college hoops:

 

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Markus Howard, Marquette

He had 53 points in a win over Creighton plus another strong showing vs. Seton Hall.

 

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Mississippi

The Rebels were picked last in the SEC preseason poll. Wins over Auburn and Mississippi State last week were impressive.

 

COACH OF THE WEEK: Chris Beard, Texas Tech

His Red Raiders beat Oklahoma and Texas

 

DIAPER DANDY OF THE WEEK: RJ Barrett, Duke

With Zion Williamson hurt, Barrett scored 32 points in a win at Florida State.

 

SHOCK OF THE WEEK: Georgia Tech over Syracuse

The Orange was soundly beaten at home.

This and That

 

Week of January 14th, 2019

Each week I'll write about the world of sports:

*Congrats to Dabo Swinney and Clemson on an impressive victory over Alabama in the national championship game. The Tigers dominated on both sides of the ball. Trevor Lawrence showed why he is a PTP’er.

*It was a big week for coaching hirings in the NFL. The Jets hired Adam Gase, the ex-Dolphins head coach. The Bucs brought in Bruce Arians, the Broncos hired Vic Fangio, the Cardinals named Kliff Kingsbury.

*I had the honor to coach against Gus Ganakas I can tell you he was as good as a person that you could ever find. He was a man’s man who always had a smile whenever I would greet him at Michigan State basketball games. He loved Sparty. God please let him RIP.

*Had a fab hoops chat with the encyclopedia of roundball HUBIE BROWN. I thought I knew a little but let me tell you Hubie forgot more hoops than I ever knew.

*Mississippi had impressive wins over Auburn and Mississippi State. Kermit Davis Jr. has done a great job. The Rebels were picked last in the SEC preseason poll.

*Had to be impressed with the Patriots’performance against the Chargers. Tom Brady and Sony Michel stood out and the defense frustrated Phillip Rivers.

*Duke gutted it out without Zion Williamson for over half the game at Florida State. It was a coming out party for Cam Reddish, who hit the winningshot. RJ Barrett came up big with 32 points.

Stock Up and Down

Week of January 14th, 2019

 

Up

The Colts, Rams, Patriots and Saints moved on in the NFL playoffs.

Clemson won the football national championship.

The Bucs hired Bruce Arians as head coach.

Kliff Kingsbury was hired as Cardinals head coach.

The Broncos named Vic Fangio as head coach.

The Browns hired Freddie Kitchens as head coach.

The Jets named Adam Gase head coach.

The Yankees signed DJ LeMahieu.

San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge scored 56 points vs. the Thunder.

The Dodgers acquired Russell Martin.

Duke edged Florida State.

Blake Griffin scored 44 vs. his former Clippers.

Mississippi beat Auburn and Mississippi State.

 

Down

The Timberwolves fired Tom Thibodeaux.

Houston lost to Temple.

Auburn was upset by Mississippi.

Mississippi State lost to South Carolina.

St. John’s lost to DePaul.

North Carolina was blown out at home by Louisville.

The Cavaliers continued to struggle.

The Bulls lost seven in a row.

Quote of the Week

“The Patriots are going to the AFC Championship game for he eighth straight year. What an incredible feat.”

-Dick Vitale