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.