Every week for the 2016-17 season, The Catch and Shoot will name a Player of the Week, Freshman of the Week, Team of the Week and Game of the Week among the five Division I schools in the Chicago area.
Here are the winners for the 13th week of the season (Feb. 6-Feb. 12):
Player of the Week
Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern
McIntosh averaged 23 points and 5.5 assists over two games last week. The 6’3″ guard flirted with a triple-double as Northwestern upset No. 7 Wisconsin, posting 25 points, 7 rebounds an 7 dimes.
McIntosh also surpassed 500 career assists in the win over Wisconsin.
Honorable mention: Dominique Matthews, UIC; Clayton Custer, Loyola; Tai Odiase, UIC
Freshman of the Week
Dominique Matthews, UIC
Matthews set a career-high with 28 points in a win over Youngstown State and followed that with 12 points against Cleveland State, giving him 20 points per game last week on 53.8% shooting.
Lost in the scoring shuffle, Matthews, a 6’2″ guard, also averaged 6.5 rebounds and tied his career high with 7 boards against Youngstown State.
Honorable mention: Brandon Cyrus, DePaul; Marcus Ottey, UIC
Team of the Week
The Wildcats lost at home to rival Illinois but are a near lock for the NCAA Tournament after upsetting No. 7 Wisconsin on the road. This is the second time Northwestern has defeated Wisconsin on the road in Chris Collins’ four-year tenure, and the Badgers were a top-10 team each time.
Game of the Week
UIC 84, Youngstown State 81
In a back-and-forth, high-scoring affair, Youngstown State guard Cameron Morse set a UIC Pavilion record with 44 points, but the Flames came back from down 75-67 in the final minutes to edge the Penguins. Matthews scored his career-high in this game, and freshman guard Tarkus Ferguson made a huge 3-pointer with 2:15 left to give UIC an 81-80 lead.