Award watch: Cincinnati guard Jacob Evans is a finalist for the Jerry West Award, presented to the nation’s top shooting guard. Evans, a sophomore, is ninth in the American at 14.1 points per game and is hitting 38.5 percent of his 3-pointers.

Dedric Lawson of Memphis is a finalist for the Karl Malone Award, presented to the country’s top power forward. Lawson, also a sophomore, is just off pace to become the first NCAA Division I player to average more than 20 points, 10 rebounds and four assists since at least 1993-94.

Tacko Fall of UCF is a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, presented to the top center. Fall, a 7-foot-6 sophomore, leads the American in field-goal percentage and is averaging 12.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.

Weekly awards: For the first time in his career, SMU senior guard Sterling Brown is the American’s player of the week. He averaged 21 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the Mustangs’ two wins last week. At Tulsa on Saturday, he had a career-high 27 points including 24 in the second half.

Rookie of the week is USF freshman forward Malik Fitts, who had a 29-point, 11-rebound outing against Memphis on Saturday for his first double-double.

On the honor roll are Lawson, Cincinnati forward Gary Clark, Houston guard Damyean Dotson, Cincinnati forward Kyle Washington and East Carolina guard Kentrell Barkley.

Power rankings

1. Cincinnati: The Bearcats are one of six teams nationwide that haven’t lost a conference game.

2. SMU: In league play, the Mustangs are outscoring their opponents by an average margin of 17.4 points.

3. Houston: Behind Damyean Dotson, the Cougars have resurfaced and prevailed in three straight games.

4. Tulsa: Forward Junior Etou (12.8 points per game) is the lone Hurricane averaging in double figures.

5. Memphis: Dedric Lawson’s 14-for-14 outing at UCF on Saturday is the seventh-highest perfect free-throw game in the NCAA this season.

6. UCF: Matt Williams is eight 3-pointers from matching the American’s single-season record of 96, set by Houston’s Jherrod Stiggers in 2014-15.

7. UConn: Senior guard Rodney Purvis is averaging a league-high 37.3 minutes per game in conference play.

8. Temple: The Owls are averaging 71.8 points per game while their opponents have averaged 71.7 points per game.

9. East Carolina: The Pirates have won two games without coach Jeff Lebo and top scorer B.J. Tyson.

10. Tulane: Guard Cameron Reynolds, who leads the Green Wave with 16 points per game, has scored in double figures in 10 consecutive games.

11. USF: In the last three games, newcomers Michael Bibby, Malik Fitts and Geno Thorpe have posted career-high point totals.

Game of the week

No. 11 Cincinnati at No. 25 SMU

3 p.m. Sunday (ESPN) • Two streaks collide: The Bearcats have won 14 in a row heading into Wednesday’s game against UCF. The Mustangs have won 18 in a row at Moody Coliseum dating to last year’s game against Tulsa, and they have only four home losses in the past three seasons. In the Jan. 12 meeting at Cincinnati, the home team prevailed 66-64 for SMU’s only defeat in the past 17 games.

Kelly Hines


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