Howard shot the lights out all week. In the Golden Eagles’ surprisingly fun win over Vermont on Tuesday, he hit six 3-pointers and tied a career high with 34 points. That capped off a week in which he set a school record with 11 3-pointers in a win over Chicago State then tallied 29 points vs. Georgia. The sophomore guard is averaging 22.4 points, is making 51.1 percent of his shots and has yet to miss a free-throw attempt (26 of 26) this season.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks forward (⬆ UP)
It's been quite the past few days for "The Greek Freak." On Saturday he posted his 10th double-double of the season (33 points, 13 rebounds) then followed that up Monday with his third 40-point game of the year, making him the first Bucks player since Michael Redd during the 2006-07 season. Oh, and he turned 23 on Wednesday - happy birthday, Giannis!
The Packers’ running backs (⬆ UP)
The Packers revamped their ground game over the summer, drafting three running backs to help offset the loss of Eddie Lacy and James Starks. With converted receiver Ty Montgomery on injured reserve, two of those picks -- Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones -- have proven their worth. Williams rushed for a career-high 113 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries Sunday, helping the Packers to a win over the Buccaneers. Jones got in on the act in overtime, taking his first carry of the game 20 yards to the end zone to keep the Packers’ season alive.
Brett Hundley, Packers quarterback (⬇ DOWN)
Coming off the best game of his NFL career, there was some optimism amongst Packers fans that Hundley had turned the corner in his sixth start of the season. Not so fast. Hundley threw for just 84 yards against the Buccaneers, averaging just 3.84 yards per attempt and tossing one interception.
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Aaron Rodgers, Packers quarterback (⬆ UP)
Not to get anyone’s hopes up unnecessarily, but ... well ... there’s a chance. Rodgers is practicing with the scout team this week, and could be available for the Packers’ matchup with the Carolina Panthers in Week 15. Rodgers hasn’t been medically cleared yet, but if Hundley and Co. can hold serve against the Browns after edging the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, their slim playoff hopes could get a major boost.
Alex Hornibrook, Badgers quarterback (⬇ DOWN)
Well, like Hundley, so much for the optimism. The Wisconsin's playoff candidacy came to an end with a loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten title game. Hornibrook absorbed the brunt of the criticism after completing just 19 passes on 40 attempts for 229 yards and two interceptions, including a key one in the red zone, against the Buckeyes.
Nate Reuvers, Badgers forward (⬆ UP)
After contemplating redshirting, the 6-foot-10 freshman decided against it … and then proceeded to go scoreless in his first two games. However, last week Reuvers scored 21 points in just 23 minutes, making 9 of 14 shots (64.3 percent), perhaps earning more playing time in head coach Greg Gard's rotation as Wisconsin tried to figure out its way after a rough start to the season.