MAC Men’s Basketball East Division Player of the Week
Javon McCrea, Buffalo
Sophomore, Forward, Newark, N.Y. (Newark)
McCrea averaged 15.5 points and 10 rebounds as he helped lead the Bulls to a pair of conference wins last week. In an 82-70 win over Akron, McCrea had 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists, a block and two steals in 27 minutes of action. He shot 6-of-12 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. In a 68-66 win at Bowling Green, the sophomore forward notched his fourth double-double of the season with 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. He also had a season-high three blocked shots and three steals. He scored nine of his points in the second half, including a dunk with 1:32 remaining that gave the Bulls the lead for good.
MAC Men’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Randy Davis, Ball State
Senior, Guard, Plymouth, Ind. (Plymouth)
Davis led the Cardinals to back-to-back road wins at Central Michigan and Northern Illinois with his all-around game as he averaged 9.0 points, 8.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. Davis, who leads NCAA Division I in assist/turnover ratio, handed out 16 assists while only committing three turnovers in 62 minutes of action for the week for a 5.33 assist/turnover ratio. He dished out a team-high 10 assists in the Cardinals’ 21-point victory at Central Michigan while also scoring seven points and grabbing seven rebounds. He followed that performance up with 11 points and six assists at NIU … On the year, he leads the nation in assist/turnover ratio at 3.79 while leading the team with 106 assists and chipping in 8.5 rebounds per game.
Nick Harney, Akron
Sophomore, Forward, Cleveland, Ohio (Benedictine High School)
Harney helped the Zips to a 1-1 record last week, averaging 14.5 points and 2.5 boards. Against Buffalo, Harney pitched in with eight points and four boards. In Akron’s win over Kent State, he helped the Zips erase an eight-point deficit at the half with 21 points on 10-of-12 shooting for the game. Nineteen of Harney’s 21 points came during the second half, including a 10-straight, that helped Akron push its lead to 78-63 with 3:27 left in the game. For the week, Harney shot 58.3 percent form the field (14-of-24).
A'uston Calhoun, Bowling Green
Junior, Forward, Southfield, Mich. (Southfield)
Calhoun averaged 21.0 points and 7.0 rebounds, while shooting 57 percent from the field, as Bowling Green went 1-1 in MAC play on the week. Calhoun set a new career-high with 29 points on 12-of-17 shooting against Buffalo Saturday, adding eight rebounds, two assists and a steal. He also made all five of his free-throw attempts in the contest. In a key road win at Miami, Calhoun had 13 points and six rebounds.
Walter Offutt, Ohio
Junior, Guard, Indianapolis, Ind. (Warren Central)
Ofutt led the team in scoring as Ohio moved within a game of the MAC lead with wins over Kent State and Miami. The junior shot 50 percent (11-22) from the floor, 56 percent (5-9) from beyond the arc and 70 percent at the line. Offutt had a career-high 19 points in Ohio’s win over Kent State and followed that up with 15 points in the comeback win against Miami. In fact, he had the steal and score with 52 seconds to play that put the Bobcats ahead for good against their archrivals. Offutt currently ranks fourth in the MAC in steals, 12th in field goal percentage, 15th in offensive rebounds and among the top 20 in scoring.
Curtis Dennis, Toledo
Junior, Guard, Bronx, N.Y. (New Mexico)
Dennis averaged 14.0 ppg and 4.5 rpg and shot 50.0 percent (10-of-20) from the field for the Rockets last week. Dennis’ top performance of the week was an 18-point, five-rebound effort vs. Northern Illinois. He also scored 10 points with four rebounds at EMU.
Nate Hutcheson, Western Michigan
Junior, Forward, Marion, Iowa (Linn Mar)
Hutcheson led the Broncos in scoring in both games over the past week, scoring 21 points in the overtime loss at Eastern Michigan and 17 points in the Broncos’ home win over Central Michigan. In each game, Hutcheson was able to reach double-digits in scoring in the first half. Hutcheson shot 6-of-13 from the field against Eastern Michigan for 21 points, including a three-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at the end of regulation and send it to overtime. Hutcheson scored 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting in the Broncos’ win over Central Michigan, and also contributed eight rebounds. Hutcheson is one of five Broncos to average double-digit scoring in 2011-12, averaging 10.3 points per game.