Another week, another set of honors for the University of Washington men's basketball team.
On Monday, the Huskies climbed to No. 17 in the Associated Press basketball rankings and reappeared in the ESPN/USA Today poll of coaches after a five-week absence.
Meanwhile, junior guard Isaiah Thomas of Tacoma was named Pacific-10 Conference player of the week and made the cut to the final 20 for this season’s Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the top male collegiate point guard.
Thomas received his first player-of-the-week honor for his efforts in UW’s sweep of the Oregon schools. He averaged 19.5 points and 8.5 assists against the Ducks and Beavers, while shooting 46.2 percent from 3-point range.
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Thomas is the second UW player selected for the league award, following Matthew Bryan-Amaning last week.
Washington (12-3) had begun last week at No. 23 in the AP poll and unranked by the coaches. However, they climbed on the strength of their 4-0 start in conference.
Duke was the unanimous selection at the top of both polls. The media and coaches also agreed on their next seven selections: Ohio State, Kansas, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, Villanova and Purdue.
Neither poll included any other Pac-10 teams, although Arizona received votes in both polls. Gonzaga (11-5) also received votes in both polls.
At Marquette 79, No. 9 Notre Dame 57: Dwight Buycks scored a career-high 21 points and the Golden Eagles made a blistering 12 of their 17 3-point attempts in an upset of the Irish.
Buycks hit all five of his 3-point attempts and Jae Crowder added 18 points for Marquette (12-5 overall, 3-1 Big East), which put on its best long-distance shooting performance in 10 years.
Notre Dame (14-3, 3-2) gained five spots in Monday’s AP poll, reaching its highest ranking since January 2009, but it’ll be tough for it to move higher despite getting 15 points from Eric Atkins.
Big East player of the week Ben Hansbrough had nine points and the Fighting Irish shot 39.6 percent overall, including 3-of-16 accuracy from 3-point range.
Jimmy Butler scored 15 points and Darius Johnson-Odom added 13 for the Golden Eagles, which came in shooting 35 percent from 3-point range, while Tim Abromaitis and Scott Martin finished with 10 points each for the Irish.
Last year, Hansbrough managed just six points in Milwaukee, but Carleton Scott hit a 3 that sent it to overtime and Notre Dame won, 63-60, its last conference road victory.
With the 6-foot-8 Scott out with a hamstring injury, the Irish struggled knocking down shots or getting good looks down low after shooting 51 percent in a 76-61 win over St. John’s on Saturday.
Hansbrough, named conference player of the week earlier Monday, had a career-best 26 points against the Red Storm, but went 3-for-9 from the field and snapped a string of 10 straight games with at least 10 points.
Marquette is in the middle of a stretch of seven ranked opponents in eight games, and came into Monday night 0-4 against Top 25 teams this season.
In the final three weeks of this stretch, the Golden Eagles will face No. 18 Louisville, No. 9 Notre Dame, No. 10 Connecticut, No. 4 Syracuse and No. 7 Villanova.
The schedule certainly doesn’t seem quite as daunting after Marquette’s 3-point effort and much improved defense against Notre Dame following an uncharacteristic 89-81 loss at Pittsburgh in which the Panthers shot 60 percent.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.