Friday’s Wooden Effort

Friday’s Wooden Effort

Only one Wooden Award midseason candidate played on Friday night. However, he didn’t finish playing until Saturday, as Da’Sean Butler and his West Virginia teammates played three overtimes in a 98-95 loss to Pittsburgh. Butler finished with a game-high 32 points and also grabbed eleven rebounds. He added three assists and two blocked shots. The 6-foot-7 senior made nine of 22 shots from the field and 13 of 18 from the charity stripe. Butler came up one point short to tying his season-high 33 points, which he accomplished last Saturday versus St. John’s. The #4-ranked Mountaineers fell to 19-5 this season.

Saturday is a busy day for many of the Wooden midseason candidates. Al-Farouq Aminu of Wake Forest faces Georgia Tech; Trevor Booker from Clemson meets Miami of Florida; Ed Davis of North Carolina (who is out for six weeks with a wrist injury) faces rival North Carolina State; Duke’s Jon Scheyer and Kyle Singler do battle with Maryland; Cole Aldrich, Sherron Collins and Xavier Henry of Kansas faces Iowa State Saturday and Texas A&M Monday; James Anderson from Oklahoma State squares off against in-state rival Oklahoma; Damion James of Texas meets Nebraska; Jerome Dyson from Connecticut faces Cincinnati; Scottie Reynolds of Villanova meets Providence; Robbie Hummel from Purdue squares off against Iowa; Kalin Lucas of Michigan State meets Penn State; Ohio State’s Evan Turner faces Illinois.

Jimmer Fredette of BYU meets Air Force; Quincy Pondexter from Washington faces Stanford; Washington State’s Klay Thompson square off against California; John Wall and Patrick Patterson of Kentucky meets Tennessee; Jarvis Varnado from Mississippi State faces Auburn; Matt Bouldin of Gonzaga goes up against San Diego; Omar Samhan from Saint Mary’s meets Portland; Gordon Hayward from Butler squares off against Cleveland State and Jeremy Lin of Harvard faces Brown.

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