That'll just about do it.
Evan Turner turned in another fine game – 16 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists – in Ohio State's 73-57 win against Illinois. It wrapped up at least a share of the Big Ten title for the Buckeyes (24-7, 14-4), and may have wrapped up national player of the year honors for Turner.
|Evan Turner celebrates winning the Big Ten.
The 6-7 junior wasn't spectacular, just good vs. the Illini. He struggled with his shot early and did have four turnovers, but closed strong. Plus, his presence helped open things up for Jon Diebler, who hit 7 of 15 from beyond the arc.
And, just in case you missed SportsCenter last night, it was a clean sweep from its analysts. Jimmy Dykes, Digger Phelps, Jason Williams et al cast their support behind Turner.
Not sure I can disagree with it, either.
Turner averages nearly 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists a game (19.7, 9.3, 5.9) and does it playing a chunk of minutes and with a respectable efficiency rating (110.4). Fact is, he's the nation's best all-around player.
Then again, Kentucky does have two games remaining. If there's an opening for anyone to grab some votes away from Turner, it's John Wall.
The Wildcats' freshman star stumbled a bit during the last few weeks, but he remains the game's most talented and jaw-dropping player. Hey, some writers still think he's the player of the year.
Wall's numbers (16.8 points, 6.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds and a lower ORtg, 107.3) aren't as eye-popping as Turner's, but if he turns in big games against Georgia and Florida this week, don't count him out.
After all, he gets to face the Gators on national TV. Never underestimate what big-time players do on the big stage.
UPDATE: If the latest straw poll of voters from AnnArbo.com is any indication, Wall's gonna need a massive pair of games. Turner now has a huge lead in player of the year voting.
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