IT’s time for the first cut in the Weekly Wooden Weakest Link! The final eight candidates for the Wooden Award have had another week to impress and now one must go. Some heart stopping games helped some finalists, while the result hurt others. Who is the weakest link?
SAFE FOR ANOTHER WEEK
Caleb Swanigan (Purdue) – Elite versus Michigan State with a 24/15 stat line, limited in OT win over Penn State putting up 10 and 9 on five shots.
Lonzo Ball (UCLA) – Took only nine shots for a 15/8/8 stat line in UCLA’s sole game last week.
Frank Mason (Kansas) – Two victories over the #9 and #4 ranked teams then secured Big 12 title in a win over TCU, with Mason leading the charge in all three W’s.
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Josh Hart (Villanova) – 19 pts in win over DePaul and 18 in loss to Butler.
Nigel Williams-Goss (Gonzaga) – Best player in Gonzaga’s two wins this week who are now 28-0.
ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK
Malik Monk (Kentucky) – Combined to make 7-23 shots in two close games against Georgia and Missouri.
Marcus Keene (Central Michigan) – Scored 40 points in OT loss attempting 20 three’s, and scored an inefficient 18 in another L next time out.
Johnathan Motley (Baylor) – Average in a close loss to Kansas (8-21 shooting, 6 TO), bounced back with 21 and 16 in the win over Oklahoma.
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YOU ARE THE WEAKEST LINK…
UNFORTUNATELY the Cinderella season of scoring dominance will not translate into a Wooden Award win for Marcus Keene. Monk tried to shoot himself out of contention and Motley had a night to forget on the big stage against Kansas, but Keene did more damage then good this week to his award chances. While a 40 point game looks good on paper Keene took 36 shots to chalk up those points shooting at 39%. The next game he was much quieter with 18 points, but his shooting didn’t improve (4-16). The win/loss tally really doesn’t help Keene’s case either. He is fun to watch jack up threes and run a muck in an insignificant conference, but that’s it.
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