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Andy Katz, Correspondent | November 30, 2020

College basketball awards: Gonzaga, Luka Garza headline opening week honors

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With the opening week of the college basketball season in the books, it's time to hand out some early season hardware. Each week, we'll select a team and player of the week, in addition to highlighting notable wins and other big-time moments throughout the season. Here's who made this list after Week 1:

Team of the Week

Gonzaga: The No. 1 team lived up to its top billing with wins over Kansas and Auburn in Florida.

Player of the Week

Luka Garza, Iowa: The senior forward, the preseason Big Ten and national player of the year, played two games, averaged 33 points and made 25 of 29 shots.

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  • Cade Cunningham, Fr., Oklahoma State: 21 points in a win over UT-Arlington
  • Jalen Johnson, Fr., Duke: 19 points in a win over Coppin State
  • Evan Mobley, Fr., USC: 21 points in an overtime win against Cal Baptist.
  • Zach Edey, Fr., Purdue: 19 points in a win over Liberty
  • Mac McClung, Jr., Texas Tech (Georgetown): 21 points in a win over Northwestern State.
  • Carlik Jones, Gr., Louisville (Radford): 18 points in a win over Evansville.
  • Caleb Love, Fr., North Carolina: 17 points in a win over College of Charleston
  • Chaundee Brown, Sr., Michigan (Wake Forest): 19 points in a win over Bowling Green.
  • Justice Sueing, R-Jr., Ohio State: (Cal) 19 points in a win over Illinois State
  • Dawson Garcia, Fr., Marquette: 19 points in a win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
  • Jalen Suggs, Fr., Gonzaga: 24 points in a win over Kansas.

Welcome back

Joshua Langford, Michigan State: Back on the court after missing nearly two seasons due to multiple foot injuries, Langford averaged nine points and 23 minutes in two games.

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Breakout statement

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Villanova: MVP of the 2K Empire Classic with wins over Boston College and Arizona State. He’s ready for a breakout sophomore season.

Shockers of the week

  • San Francisco over Virginia at the Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, Conn.).
  • Virginia Tech over Villanova in overtime at the Mohegan Sun.
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Missed opportunity

Pepperdine 3OT loss to UCLA in San Diego.

Most impressive wins

  • Richmond over Kentucky in Lexington.
  • Houston over Texas Tech by 11 in Fort Worth. 
  • Saint Louis knocks off LSU

Confidence boosters

  • Belmont wins Paradise Jam 
  • Drake beats Kansas State
  • Montana State beats UNLV
  • St. Francis (Pa) beats Pitt
  • Western Kentucky beats Memphis

Best last-minute scheduling decisions

  • San Francisco playing Virginia.
  • Virginia Tech playing Villanova.

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