Justin Sears and Yale are on the fringe of everyone's radar. They exist in this place where if the spotlight shines just right, they will reflect brightly back into the eyes of the whole country.
The only problem they have is that there is this giant moon called Harvard that keeps getting in the way.
In order to setup a great finish in the Ivy League, the Bulldogs need to keep winning, and a lot of the pressure for that falls on Sears' shoulders. He seems up to the task.
On Friday, Sears played 29 minutes against Penn, and scored just seven points. But it was the rest of the stat sheet that highlights what a player of his ilk can bring to a team. Sears had three rebounds, six assists and five blocks in the 75-48 win.
He followed that night with a 25-point performance in 39 minutes of an 81-73 win over Princeton. That included nine rebounds and two blocks.
For his versatility and impressive ability to keep the Bulldogs moving toward a rematch that will be quite the showdown in the Ivy League, Justin Sears is out Mid-Major Madness Player of the Week.
Also considered: Keon Moore, Winthrop; Michael Bryson, UCSB.
DeSean Murray missed half of the games this season for Presbyterian. He will still likely be the Freshman of the Year in the Big South. He consistently scored 30 percent of his team's points. He has been held under 10 points just one time this season.
He is good.
The Blue Hose frosh continued his run this week. On Thursday, Murray had 21 points, six rebounds and four assists in a 69-65 win over UNC Asheville. He then added a 20-point performance against Radford that included 11 rebounds and three steals.
That combined once again to make Murray the Freshman of the Week.