Pac-12 Weekly Honors: Week ThreePosted by AMurawa on December 3rd, 2012
While this past week may not have returned the types of results that should cause anybody to generate newfound confidence in the Pac-12’s ability to have multiple teams play a big part in the national picture, we’ve still found some jewels around the conference to recognize for their efforts over the past seven days.
Team of the Week – Arizona
It was admittedly not a sparkling week for the Pac-12. And as such, we wind up handing out our highest honor to an Arizona team whose biggest accomplishment was going into Lubbock and knocking off a Texas Tech team that is on the short list for this year’s “Worst Major Conference Team” award. Still, it goes down as a week in which the Wildcats played two games against two teams they were supposed to kill… and did. Wins over Northern Arizona and the Red Raiders this week were by an average of 35.5 points per game. And while Sean Miller’s club has yet to play anybody of any great significance, at least the ‘Cats deserve credit for their overall lack of drama thus far.
Player of the Week – C.J. Wilcox, Washington
After a pair of losses to quality teams, the Huskies needed to bounce back in a big way, and Wilcox helped make sure that happened this week by averaging 24 points, 3.5 boards and a couple assists per game as UW knocked off a tough Saint Louis team midweek before inching past Cal State Fullerton last night. Against CSUF, it was Wilcox who provided the final two-point margin, knocking down a pair of free throws in the waning moments of the game to complete the Huskies’ successful comeback from a 14-point halftime deficit.
Newcomer of the Week – Jarred DuBois, Utah
For what it’s worth, we had votes for Dominic Artis, Jordan Adams and Jahii Carson here, but I made the executive decision to go with DuBois. Why? Well, while you, like 98% of the rest of the country, were dutifully ignoring Utah basketball, DuBois was going off for 23 points, 3.5 assists and three rebounds per game, all while shooting a whopping 83.3% eFG this week. He was 16-24 from the field, eight-of-ten from three-point range and a perfect six-of-six from the line. Yeah, his Utes dropped a game at SMU in the middle of the week, but frankly, my only question was not whether to make DuBois our Newcomer of the Week, but rather whether to go rogue and ignore my colleagues’ votes on the way to declaring the Loyola Marymount graduate transfer our Pac-12 Player of the Week.