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B/R College Basketball National Player of the Year Award Watch for Feb. 10

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IFebruary 10, 2012

B/R College Basketball National Player of the Year Award Watch for Feb. 10

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    We are in Week 14 of the 2011-12 College Basketball season.

    Kentucky continues to hold steady at the top of the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls

    Syracuse and Ohio State are right behind the Wildcats ready to move up if an opportunity arises down the stretch.

    Great players continue to help their teams make their case as we move closer to conference tournaments, Selection Sunday and March Madness.

    Here's another installment of the B/R National Player of the Year Watch.

    Let's see how the best of the best are doing as of Feb. 9th.

10. Jeremy Lamb (UConn)

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Class: Sophomore

    Ht: 6'5"  Wt: 185 lbs

     

    Year-to-Date Stats:

    Points: 17.2

    Rebounds: 4.6

    Assists: 1.9

    Steals: 1.4  Blocks: 0.7

     

    So far in February: Jeremy Lamb is in a midseason shooting slump. Over the last three games, the sophomore wing has shot 10-for-37 (27 percent) from the floor, including 5-for-23 (21.7 percent) from beyond the arc. 

    He has only averaged 12.6 ppg as UConn have lost two of three games this month.  

    When Lamb is not clicking, the Huskies are hurting.

9. Tyler Zeller (UNC)

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    Position: Center

    Class: Senior

    Ht: 7'0"  Wt: 250 lbs

     

    Year-to-Date Stats:

    Points: 15.6

    Rebounds: 9.7

    Assists: 1.0

    Steals: 1.0  Blocks: 1.4

     

    So far in February: Tyler Zeller has had two strong outings so far in February.

    The senior center scored 22 points (on 7-of-12 shooting) and grabbed seven boards as the Tar Heels beat Maryland.

    Zeller followed this up by dropping in 22 points (on 8-for-15 shooting) and pulling down 11 rebounds in UNC's disappointing defeat to Duke.

8. Kevin Jones (West Virginia)

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    Position: Power Forward

    Class: Senior

    Ht: 6'8"  Wt: 260 lbs

     

    Year-to-Date Stats:

    Points: 20.6

    Rebounds: 11.2

    Assists: 1..2

    Steals: 0.8  Blocks: 1.1

     

    So far in February: Jones continues to lead the Mountaineers in both scoring and rebounding.

    The senior forward scored 20 points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked three shots in a tough OT win over Providence.

    Jones followed that up with a double-double against Notre Dame (14 points and 12 rebounds).

    Jones has played every minute of West Virginia's last five games.

7. Marcus Denmon (Missouri)

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Class: Senior

    Ht: 6'3"  Wt: 190 lbs

     

    Year-to-Date Stats:

    Points: 18.0

    Rebounds: 5.3

    Assists: 2.3

    Steals: 1.5  Blocks: 0.0

     

    So far in February: Marcus Denmon has had two monster games to open February.

    He put 29 on Kansas (hitting six of nine three-pointers), while grabbing a game-high nine rebounds as the Tigers dumped the Jayhawks to move into the Big 12 lead.

    Denmon followed that up by scoring 25 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc against Oklahoma.

    Denmon's excellent shooting performances are key to the Tigers' surprising year (22-2; 9-2 in the Big 12).

6. Harrison Barnes (UNC)

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    Position: Small Forward

    Class: Sophomore

    Ht: 6'8"  Wt: 215 lbs

     

    Year-to-Date Stats:

    Points: 17.7

    Rebounds: 4.8

    Assists: 1.0 

    Steals: 1.3  Blocks: 0.4

     

    So far in February: Harrison Barnes continues to have one solid outing after another.

    Against Maryland, the sophomore SF went for 18 points and eight rebounds. In the Tar Heels matchup against Duke, Barnes scored 25 and grabbed three boards.

    Barnes continues to be aggressive and get to the line. In these two games, he was 14-for-20 on his FTs.

5. Draymond Green (Michigan State)

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    Position: Power Forward

    Class: Senior 

    Ht: 6'7"  Wt: 230 lbs

     

    Year-to-Date Stats:

    Points: 15.2 

    Rebounds: 10.6

    Assists: 3.6

    Steals: 1.5  Blocks: 0.8

     

    So far in February: Draymond Green put up back-to-back double-doubles as the Spartans beat Michigan and Penn State.

    Green scored 14 points and grabbed 16 boards against the Wolverines and dropped in 23 points and pulled down a dozen rebounds against the Nittany Lions.

    As crucial as Green's stats are to Michigan State's success, his leadership is even more important.

4. Doug McDermott (Creighton)

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    Position: Shooting Forward

    Class: Sophomore

    Ht: 6'7"  Wt: 210 lbs

     

    Year-to-Date Stats:

    Points: 23.3

    Rebounds: 8.4

    Assists: 1.2 

    Steals: 0.2  Blocks: 0.1

     

    So far in February: Doug McDermott scored 64 points and grabbed 25 rebounds in the Blue Jays' three games to start February.

    In those three contests, McDermott shot 23-for-38 (60.5 percent) from the floor.

3. Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)

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    Position: Power Forward

    Class: Sophomore

    Ht: 6'9"  Wt: 265

     

    Year-to-Date Stats:

    Points: 17.4

    Rebounds: 9.4

    Assists: 1.0

    Steals: 1.5  Blocks: 0.8

     

    So far in February: Jared Sullinger continues to stack up one super performance after another.

    Sullinger was huge in Ohio State's first win in Madison in over 10 years. He scored 24 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and snatched three steals as Ohio State took down Wisconsin.

    The sophomore forward went for 18 points and six rebounds as the Buckeyes beat Purdue to stay on top of the Big Ten race.

2. Anthony Davis (Kentucky)

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    Position: Power Forward

    Class: Freshman

    Ht: 6'10"  Wt: 220 lbs

     

    Year-to-Date Stats:

    Points: 14.0

    Rebounds: 10.0

    Assists: 1.0

    Steals: 1.5  Blocks: 4.8

     

    So far in February: There's been no freshman fall-off to Anthony Davis' game in February. He continues to lead the uber-talented Wildcats in both scoring and rebounding.

    Davis was sensational against South Carolina, scoring 22 points (on 9-of-10 shooting), pulling down eight rebounds and blocking eight shots.

    He followed that up with 16 points, six boards and four blocks in a blowout win over Florida.

1. Thomas Robinson (Kansas)

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    Position: Power Forward

    Class: Junior

    Ht: 6'9"  Wt: 237 lbs

     

    Year-to-Date Stats:

    Points: 17.8

    Rebounds: 12.0

    Assists: 1.6

    Steals: 1.2  Blocks: 1.2

     

    So far in February: Thomas Robinson has started off February right, posting three straight double-doubles.

    He went for 20 points and 17 rebounds against Oklahoma.

    Robinson dropped in 25 points and grabbed 13 points in the Jayhawks loss to Missouri.

    And, he added 15 points and 11 rebounds in KU's big win at Baylor.

    The junior forward shot 26-for-40 (65 percent) from the field in these three games. Impressive.

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