Pac-12 Weekly Honors: Week FourPosted by AMurawa on December 10th, 2012
As we ponder what happened to Colorado this weekend, what is missing in Washington, and what exactly we witnessed as UCLA and Texas met in a football stadium, we search around the conference for some good news while handing out our weekly honors.
Team of the Week – Arizona
Last week we gave the Wildcats these honors almost by default, since very few other teams stood out. This week, while again very few teams stood out, we feel pretty good about our selection. While Utah and Colorado scored nice wins early in the week, neither could back that up by handling their opposition on Saturday. The ‘Cats, however, scraped by Southern Miss on Tuesday in an ugly but effective performance, then came back over the weekend to score a quality road win over Clemson. In doing so, they put themselves in excellent shape to win this award three times in a row, because I guarantee you, if they win Saturday against Florida, you’ll see their name here again next week.
Player of the Week – Jordan Bachynski, Arizona State
After Bachynski’s six points, three boards and three blocks against Hartford on Wednesday, he was all but eliminated from contention for this award, especially considering that same night Spencer Dinwiddie was going off for 29 points, Brock Motum and DaVonte Lacy turned in excellent performances in losing efforts, and Bachynski’s own teammate, Jahii Carson, was continuing his excellent season. But, on Saturday afternoon, Bachynski threw down the gauntlet, posting the first recorded triple-double in ASU history, and doing it the hard way. His 13 points and 12 rebounds are pretty standard fare, but 12 blocks? Yup, that’s one way to earn some recognition. In doing so, Bachynski became the first player in the conference to record a triple-double since Daniel Hackett did it more than five years ago. Bachynski now leads the nation in blocked shots this season with 50.
Newcomer of the Week – Jahii Carson, Arizona State
Carson makes it a complete sweep for the Grand Canyon State this week, after averaging 20.5 points, 6.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game in the Sun Devils’ two wins this week. This is Carson’s second such honor this year and clearly the long wait for his eligibility was well worth it for Herb Sendek and Sun Devil fans.