Well I hadn’t been keeping count, but I may start. There seems to be a trend developing. If you have a monster game against the Memphis Tigers, you are sure to make conference player of the week.
Let’s go back to the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. I’m sorry for bringing it back up. However, give me a moment to explain.
Remember the 41 point performance by Minnesota Gophers guard and Memphis (TN) native Andre Hollins against Memphis?
Immediately after returning from the Bahamas, he was named Big Ten Conference Player of the Week.
Hollins averaged 20.3 points and 2.3 rebounds for the week, helping the Gophers to a 2-1 record and a fifth place finish at the tournament.
Let’s fast forward to last Saturday’s game between Memphis and Louisville Cardinals. It was Louisville’s only game of the week.
Sophomore forward Chane Behanan scored a season-high 22 points and added three rebounds and two steals as the Cardinals overcame a 16-point deficit to win.
Behanan scored 16 of his points in the second half, including his first three-pointer of the season during a 13-0 second-half run which gave the Cardinals a lead they would not relinquish. He hit 7-of-12 shots from the field and 7-of-8 free throws.
For his performance, he was named Big East Player of the Week.
Behanan is averaging 10.1 points and 7.3 rebounds this season. He has grabbed six or more rebounds in 36 of 50 career games and has scored in double figures on 24 occasions in his career, including five games this season.
Louisville (9-1) will return to the KFC Yum! Center as the Cardinals face the Florida International University Panthers in the 11th Annual Billy Minardi Classic on Wednesday.
I’ll be on the look out to see if Memphis creates other players of the week.