Daily Dribble: Saturday's Top 20 Stars
Here it is.. the list you've all been waiting for, the Top 20 stars of Saturday's college basketball action. You'll notice there's only 18 listings, because 2 pairs of teammates are stuck together on the list..
1. Shan Foster/Derrick Byars - Vanderbilt - 24 points each in he huge win over #1 Florida. Byars also added 8 assists for good measure.
2. Carl Elliott - George Washington - The senior guard had the first triple-double in GW's history. He scored 17, had 12 boards, and added 11 assists in a league win over Temple.
3. Brook Lopez - Stanford - The Cardinals beat up on tumbling Oregon behind 26 and 10 boards from Lopez. It was the heralded twin's best career game, and he also added a couple of blocks.
4. Jeff Green - Georgetown - The Hoyas are streaking, having won 9 straight, and Green is the biggest reason why. He scored 19 points and 10 boards in a road win at Villanova, and even hit the game-winning shot.
5. Joey Dorsey - Memphis - Without Heytvelt, Gonzaga was no match for Dorsey on the inside. The junior forward ended up with 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocks in the Tigers overtime win.
6. Al Thornton - FSU - Had his team won, Thornton might have been #1 on today's top stars list. But his monster 30 points and 16 boards weren't enough to stop the Noles from losing their 4 straight game.
7. Darren Collison - UCLA - Collison dished out a career-best 15 assists in the Bruins win at Arizona. The loss was Arizon'a 2nd worst ever at home (behind UNC a couple weeks back).. and Collison was a big reason why. The sophomore guard also added 17 points.. and oh, he had just 2 turnovers compared to all those assists.
8. Patrick Christoper - California - Up until this week, Christoper was a little used freshman guard. But after scoring 16 in an upset win over ranked Oregon, Christopher scored 24 points and added 10 boards in Cal's win over Oregon State. Note bad for a guy averaging 4 ppg coming into the week.
9. Jeremy Crouch - Bradley - Crouch, who came into today's game at VCU shooting 49% from three, scored 22 points on a blistering 8 of 11 shooting. He hit 6 threes, and helped the Braves pick up a huge BracketBusters win. All the talk is about SIU, Creighton, and MSU making it from the Valley.. but the Braves are quietly positioning themselves on the Bubble.
10. Brad Jones - Wyoming - How do you like 32 points, 7 boards, and 5 assists? Jones ate up San Diego State to help snap the Cowboys 4-game losing streak.
11. Obie Nwadike - Central Connecticut State - Even though NEC-leading CCSU lost at Farleigh Dickinson, you can't blame it on Nwadike. The senior forward scored 27 points and 17 rebounds, and helped his chances of winning conference Player of the Year.
12. Ty Lawson - UNC - 13 points, 7 assists, 3 boards in UNC's win at #21 BC. The Heels are now tied with Virginia for first in the ACC.
13. Valdas Vasylius - Old Dominion - Coming off a monster 32 point, 10 board game over Hofstra, the Lithuanian forward scored 22 and added 10 boards today. The Monarchs beat to Toledo and have no won 9 straight games.
14. Ibrahim Jaaber/Mark Zoller - Arguably the Ivy League's best two players combined to score 49 points, 10 boards, and 10 assists in a win over Cornell.
15. Mark Tyndale - Temple - Overshadowed by Carl Elliott's triple-double and the fact that his team lost, Tyndale still deserves credit for scoring 33 points on 12-16 shooting.
16. Romeo Travis - Akron - Once a teammate of Lebron James, Travis is now Akron's best player. He scored 21 points and pulled down 11 boards in the Zips easy BracketBusters win over Austin Peay. The MAC's best team deserved a better opponent than Austin Peay at home.
17. Kevin Lisch - Saint Louis - The sophomore guard scored 24 points and added 7 rebounds in the Bills win over La Salle. 24 points doesn't seem monstrous, but it is considering SLU scored just 59 points and he hit 8 of their 21 free throws.
18. Derrick Caracter - Louisville - 14 points and 2 boards might not sound like much, but since the heralded freshman has returned to the lineup and been contributing, the Cardinals are 3-0 including wins at Marquette and Pittsburgh.
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