Every week The Catch and Shoot will name a Player of the Week, Freshman of the Week, Team of the Week and Game of the Week from the five Division I schools in the Chicago area.
Here are the winners for the third week of the season (Nov. 30-Dec. 6):
Player of the Week
Milton Doyle, Loyola
After a rough showing at the Great Alaska Shootout, Doyle flirted with a triple-double in Loyola’s win Saturday against Creighton. The junior guard tallied 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists while turning the ball over only twice.
When Doyle plays like that, Loyola is capable of being a top-25 mid-major program.
Honorable mentions: Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern; Billy Garrett, DePaul; Myke Henry, DePaul
Freshman of the Week
Eli Cain, DePaul
Cain averaged 15.5 points on 70.6 percent shooting in DePaul’s two wins last week. After posting 11 points against UIC, the 6-foot-6 freshman notched a career-high 20 points against Chicago State.
The major blemish for Cain was that he also had six turnovers in each game.
Honorable mentions: Fred Sims Jr., Chicago State; Erten Gazi, DePaul; Dominique Matthews, UIC
Team of the Week
Loyola picked up easily the best win of any Chicago team Saturday when it defeated Creighton. The Ramblers defense moved into the top 100 on Kenpom after holding the Bluejays’ high-powered offense to under one point per possession.
Game of the Week
Northwestern 81, Virginia Tech 79 (OT)
Chris Collins got his first win in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge as Northwestern survived in overtime against Virginia Tech. The victory was also probably Northwestern’s best road win since its hot streak in early 2014, Collins’ first year with the program. (During that stretch the Wildcats beat Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota on the road.)