Villanova's Ryan Arcidiacono was named the Big East rookie of the week for the second-consecutive week and the third time this season after helping the Wildcats to a victory in their Big East opener. The super-freshman scored 32 points in his Big East debut, on the strength of seven made three-pointers.
Arcidiacono was just one shy of Allan Ray's single-game 3-point record of eight, set in a November 27, 2005 win over the Lehigh Mountain Hawks during his senior season.
The freshman guard added one assist, one rebound and two steals to his total last Wednesday and went 11-of-13 from the charity stripe as well. He made more than half of his 13 attempts from deep, which helped keep the Wildcats' 3-point shooting above the 35% mark.
ESPN's Dick Vitale also honored Arcidiacono, naming him the "Diaper Dandy of the Week."
BIG EAST Player of the Week
BRANDON TRICHE, Syracuse, G, Jr.
Triche averaged 19.3 points, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals and shot 60 percent from the field (21-of-35) to lead Syracuse to a 3-0 week, including a pair of BIG EAST victories. He scored 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting in a 78-53 win against Rutgers to open conference play and had 20 points in a 55-44 win at USF. He added 13 points in 23 minutes in a 96-62 win against Central Connecticut. Triche leads the Orange in scoring this season at 15.0 points per game.
BIG EAST Rookie of the Week
RYAN ARCIDIACONO, Villanova, G, Fr.
Arcidiacono scored a career-high 32 points, tying the record by a freshman in his first BIG EAST game, to lead Villanova to a 98-86 overtime win against St. John’s. Arcidiacono shot 7-of-13 from 3-point range and was 11-of-13 from the free throw line to match Moe Harkless of St. John’s, who scored 32 against Providence in his BIG EAST debut Dec. 27, 2011.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
CASHMERE WRIGHT, Cincinnati, G, Jr.
Averaged 20.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week. Scored 18 points in a 70-61 win at No. 24/22 Pittsburgh.
DAVANTE GARDNER, Marquette, F, Jr.
Averaged 15.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks and shot 60 percent from the field in a 2-0 week.
SCOTT MARTIN, Notre Dame, F, Sr.
Scored 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting (6-of-7 from 3-point range) with five rebounds in a win against Seton Hall.
ELI CARTER, Rutgers, G, So.
Averaged 21.0 points against a pair of top-25 opponents. Scored 23 in a 67-62 win against No. 24/22 Pittsburgh.
D’ANGELO HARRISON, St. John’s, G, So.
Averaged 25.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week. Scored 15 points with seven rebounds in a 53-52 win at No. 14/15 Cincinnati