Jeff Green for BE player of the year, other Big East odds and ends
The Big East will announce its awards tonight around 6 p.m. in New York, and Jeff Green could become the first Hoya to be named player of the year since Alonzo Mourning was in 1992. If Green wins the award, he'll join some pretty elite company:
Other Georgetown POY: Mourning, Charles Smith (1989), Reggie Williams (1987), Patrick Ewing (1984, 85) and John Duren (1980)
Other Big East players who won ROY and POY: Troy Bell (Boston College), Troy Murphy (Notre Dame), Derrick Coleman (Syracuse), Charles Smith (Pittsburgh) and Ewing.
Green and Roy Hibbert were unanimous first team all-Big East picks, and you gotta think the POY will come from that group, which includes Pittsburgh center Aaron Gray (preseason POY), Providence center Herbert Hill, and Syracuse forward Demetris Nichols.
Bad omen for Green:
Hill (19.9 points) and Nichols (17.9 points) ranked first and third, respectively, in scoring in conference play. Green (15.1 points) was 11th. In the past 20 years, the award has almost always gone to a player who finishes in the top 5 in the league in scoring and who averaged more than 17 points. (The exception: Pittsburgh's Brandin Knight, who shared the award with Caron Butler in 2002, averaged 15.6 points and wasn't among the top five scorers.)
Good omen for Green:
He is the best player on the best team. By my count, 23 of the 32 previous POYs came from the regular season champion. Four POYs came from teams that finished third or lower.
Some other odds and ends as the Big East tournament gets ready to start:
Nichols tells blog friend Kim Baxter that he'll be disappointed if he doesn't win player of the year...
Does 12th-seeded Connecticut need to win a couple of games to make the ... NIT??? The last time the Huskies failed to make either the NCAA or NIT: 1987. .... And sadly, the Syracuse Post-Standard's annual pre-tournament poll of assistant coaches has met its end. This is the anonymous poll that named Gerry McNamara the BE's most overrated player, which led to Jim Boeheim's classic "We wouldn't have won 10 [bleeping] games..." tirade at last year's tournament.
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