Team basketball is a sight to behold, but when an individual player is in a zone, sometimes the best strategy is simply to get the heck out of his way and let him dominate.
Across the country, we see these kind of epic performances on a nightly basis. It’s part of what makes college basketball so great — talented student-athletes showing off their spectacular abilities in front of millions.
Each week at NCAA.com, we’ll select a college basketball All-Week team. Comprised of five positions, the squad is selected based on games and performances from the week prior. Let’s get to this week's edition.
ICYMI: Last week's team
G Chris Chiozza, Florida
Arguably the biggest upset win in a week where six of the top 10 teams in the AP Top 25 fell (No. 2, 3, 5, 7, 8 and 9) comes to the college basketball world courtesy of the Florida Gators. More on that later, but junior guard Chris Chiozza was right in the thick of things this week as the Memphis native helped lead the way in the team’s midweek romp over Missouri, 93-54. He tallied the fourth triple-double (12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists) in school history in the process, joining Corey Brewer and Nick Calathes in a select group. It was just the third game of the year where the 6-foot guard scored more than 10 points, but that’s not so surprising given his averages on the year. As the team’s second-leading assist man (4.0 assists per game), Chiozza’s ability to spell Kasey Hill as the primary ball handler and distributor on offense is often more important than the scoring he provides to the lineup.
G Thomas Wilder, Western Michigan
On Friday, Wilder’s near triple-double of 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists led things for the visiting Broncos. And if not for a late, tie breaking 3-pointer from Central Michigan’s Marcus Keene — AKA the leading scorer in DI college basketball — the Broncos might have had their second winning streak of the year. Wilder drew the assignment of sticking Keene on the game-winning possession, but came up just short. Granted the team has now lost five of its last six games, it’s worth noting the fine play from the Illinois native. Winning isn’t everything, but outstanding play always reigns supreme.
G Victor Sanders, Idaho
After an unsteady go of things in the nonconference slate, the Vandals of Idaho have found their legs in the Big Sky conference, thanks to the scoring (21.4 ppg, third in the Big Sky) and leadership of junior guard Victor Sanders. A career-high 40-point effort punctuated a win over Portland State (89-72), which included Sanders scoring 14 of his team’s first 17 points to begin the game. He became the fifth Vandals players in school history to top 40 points in a ballgame, doing so on just 16 shots from the floor. A few nights later, Sanders was at it again as the focus of the offense when he scored 31 points to go along with six assists in a 14-point win over Sacramento State, 81-67. In the win Sanders became the 16th member of the school's 1,000-point club.
F Jacob Wiley, Eastern Washington
It was too busy a week in the Big Sky conference not to highlight another ballplayer out west. And with the performances turned in by Eastern Washington’s (EWU) Jacob Wiley, there’s plenty of reason to feature the 6-foot-7 forward. A pair of huge double-doubles in two close wins over Sacramento State (77-72) and Portland State (130-124, 3OT) grabbed the headlines in a week where head coach Jim Hayford earned his 100th victory at EWU. First off, Wiley did a little bit of everything in a five-point victory over the Hornets of Sacramento State. His final stat line read: 38 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks, three assists and a steal. If only his week ended there.
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F Caleb Swanigan, Purdue