Player of the week: Creighton forward Doug McDermott. The senior scored 39 points and made the game-winning 3-point basket to lift the Bluejays to a 63-60 win over St. John's.
Rookie of the week: DePaul guard R.J. Curington. The freshman from Dyer, Ind., had a career high 15 points in loss to Seton Hall, then bettered it with a 22-point performance in loss to Providence.
STAT OF THE WEEK
In an 86-76 win over Providence, St. John's piled up advantages in the following specialty statistics: 42-18 in points in the paint, 19-4 in points off turnovers and 16-6 in fast-break points.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“St. John's has the best roster in the league. Nine major guys that can score, rebound and block the way they do. ... I think they're good enough to win any game they play for the rest of the season.” — Marquette coach Buzz Williams, after the Red Storm handed his team a 15-point loss.
BITS AND PIECES
» Providence senior guard Bryce Cotton is college basketball's iron man — he leads the nation in minutes played with an average of 39.3. Nevada's Deonte Burton is second at 38.5 minutes.
» Butler entered Tuesday's game against Marquette having the fewest turnovers in the Big East, but committed 20 in the 69-62 loss. Eleven of the turnovers came in the final 13 minutes as the Bulldogs blew a 10-point lead on the road.
» Xavier's three-game skid can be tied to shoddy second-half play. The Musketeers allowed Providence, Seton Hall and Villanova to score an average of 46.7 points in the second halves of the three losses.
» Providence coach Ed Cooley will serve as an assistant on Billy Donovan's staff on the United States' under-18 national team this summer.
» Seton Hall's four Big East wins already exceed last season's victory total, when the Pirates went 3-15.
» Georgetown's win over DePaul on Monday was the Hoyas' 14th straight in the series.