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NCAA Basketball: New Orleans and Virginia Tech with latest Players of the Week

Last week was full of upsets but it was also full of a ton of huge performances across the sport. There were two players who stood out above the rest with huge weeks.

Nov 30, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; New Orleans Privateers guard Jordan Johnson (1) drives
Nov 30, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; New Orleans Privateers guard Jordan Johnson (1) drives / Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports
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Sean Pedulla - Virginia Tech Hokies

This is the one that is going to be controversial considering that Zach Edey put up 30 points and 20 rebounds against Penn State and arguably deserved the award. To be honest there were a lot of guys who put up huge games last week. Pedulla is another guy who carried his team all week and he was one of the most unexpected players to rise up and grab this award. The guard is not a bad player but has never been known to go on scoring explosions. Over his last three games, he is averaging 30 points per game. Over the previous 11 games, he averaged 12 points per game. Pedulla is currently on a heater and he is scoring at will right now.

In a win over Clemson, the guard scored 32 points on 9-16 shooting on 6-10 from deep. He added 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals to that line. The three-point shooting is what Virginia Tech wants from Pedulla he is a great three-point shooter and is currently shooting 43% on the season. Pedulla is a jump shooter who rarely gets fouled, and it was good to see him get to the line against Clemson and go 8-8 from the stripe.

Then to follow up his great game against Clemson the guard went off again. In a loss to Miami, the guard went 13-23 from the floor, went 5-13 from deep for a total of 33 points. He also added 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The Hokies ended up losing the game by 4 points but Pedulla did all he could to keep them in the game. Virginia Tech probably doesn’t want the guard taking 23 shots regularly but when he is shooting with the efficiency that he has been over the last week the Hokies will be okay with it.

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The power five ranks, always produce a ton of great performances and there are always going to be players like Pedulla who get hot and can have a huge week. The Hokies are a bubble team and are going to need more performances like this from Pedulla to truly reach their full potential. Congratulations to Sean and the Virginia Tech program. This week there were two exceptional performances that earned the Player of the Week.