Wyatt, Giannini headline Big 5 awards list

Wyatt, Giannini headline Big 5 awards list
April 15, 2013, 3:30 pm
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The Big 5 announced its postseason awards on Monday, naming Temple's Khalif Wyatt player of the year and La Salle's John Giannini coach of the year.

Wyatt averaged 20.5 points and 4.0 assists per game for the Owls, scoring 30 points or more seven times. Wyatt, who also received the Atlantic 10's player of the year award, led the NCAA tournament in points per game, scoring an identical 31 points against both 8-seed North Carolina State and 1-seed Indiana.

In four Big 5 games, Wyatt averaged 22.5 points per game.

Dr. Giannini, meanwhile, led the 24-10 Explorers to their first NCAA Tournament since 1992 and their first Sweet 16 since 1958.

After knocking off two ranked opponents in Butler and VCU during A-10 play, the Explorers snuck into the tournament as a 13-seed, where they defeated Boise State in a play-in game before going on to upset 4-seed Kansas State and edge 12-seed Ole Miss courtesy Tyrone Garland's Southwest Philly Floater. La Salle eventually bowed out in the Sweet 16 to Final Four-bound Wichita State.

Temple and La Salle shared the Big 5 title this season, with both teams going 3-1. The Owls beat the Explorers head-to-head at the Liacouras Center, 82-74, on Feb. 21.

The Big 5 awards banquet is scheduled for April 29 at the Palestra. The full list of honorees appears below:

First-team All-Big 5
Khalif Wyatt (Temple)
Ramon Galloway (La Salle)
Tyreek Duren (La Salle)
JayVaughn Pinkston (Villanova)
Ronald Roberts (Saint Joseph’s)

Second-team All-Big 5
Mouphtaou Yarou (Villanova)
Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova)
Langston Galloway (Saint Joseph’s)
Carl Jones (Saint Joseph’s)
Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (Temple)

Team champions: Temple Owls and La Salle Explorers

Player of the year: Khalif Wyatt (Temple)
Coach of the year: Dr. John Giannini (La Salle)
Most-improved player: Darrun Hilliard (Villanova)
Scholar athlete: T.J. DiLeo (Temple)
Leading scorer: Khalif Wyatt (Temple)
Leading free-throw shooter: Miles Cartwright (Penn)