As if the performances of teams this week weren't enough to get us excited from upset to nailbiter finishes, we had some impressive weeks from a number of players.
But there can be only a single winner of the player of the week award, and the guy who ultimately won put together two amazing games in a row, both wins for his team.
This week's Mid-Major Madness Player of the Week is BYU's Kyle Collinsworth.
Start with his leadership in the win over Utah State on Tuesday. Collinsworth had 20 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in that game, along with a block and three steals. Most importantly, he was 10-for-10 at the free throw line in a game that featured a number of foul shots as the Aggies tried to crawl back. That performance was probably missed by many because teammate Tyler Haws scored 35 points that night, something that got him a few looks for the award himself.
But the second game by Collinsworth is what sealed it. The junior guard messed around and got a triple double against Hawaii: 19 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. He added two blocks and a steal in a game that the Cougars needed to put together a run to come back on the Warriors.
Also considered for the award this week: Marquis Wright, Siena; John Brown, High Point; Haws; RaShid Gaston, Norfolk State; Stephan Hicks, Cal State Northridge; Casey Kasperbauer, South Dakota; Quincy Taylor, Longwood; Bobby Hain, Youngstown State; Michale Kyser, Louisiana Tech; Egidijus Mockevicius, Evansville; Youssou Ndoye, St. Bonaventure; John Davis, Towson.
For freshman of the week, we had a little help this week. A fan -- one who probably has good reason to be touting the winner- reached out to us with an impressive state line on Twitter:
@mid_madness freshman SHU (NEC) Cane Broome, registered 46 points, 13 rebs, 5 asts & 4 stls in 2 wins over Colgate and Holy Cross.— june broome (@jaybroome20) December 7, 2014
So we looked up Broome's performance because the aggregate numbers were so good. I think the two highlights are three steals against Colgate that went with his 21 points. But the second game against Holy Cross is very much a standout for a freshman. Twenty-five points on 7 of 12 shooting, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range and 9-for 10 from the free throw line. Throw in nine rebounds and three assists and you have quite the win.
And we should add that Broome is listed at 6-0 tall, which probably means he is a tad bit shorter. He is averaging 13.1 points this season as a frosh, and has Sacred Heart out to a 4-3 record, and on a three game winning streak.
Also considered: Dusan Perovic, Binghamton