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The AP got the Player/Coach of the Year awards right

Apr 4, 2013, 4:54 PM EST

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The AP announced their annual awards on Thursday afternoon.

Michigan point guard Trey Burke was named National Player of the Year after averaging 18.8 points and 6.8 assists while leading a Wolverines team loaded with freshmen to the Final Four.

Jim Larranaga was named National Coach of the Year, and it’s difficult to argue with that pick as well. Miami was barely considered a tournament team heading into the season, but they ended up winning the outright ACC regular season title and the ACC tournament title, earning a two-seed in the NCAA tournament.

It’s tough to argue with either choice. Burke was named the NBCSports.com National Player of the Year, and I firmly believe it really wasn’t all that close. Larranaga was a bit of a tougher decision, as St. Louis head coach Jim Crews and Georgetown head coach John Thompson III were also valid candidates. That said, it’s tough to argue with the success that Miami had this season and the success that program has had historically.

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  1. Sideline Mob - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Reblogged this on Sideline Mob.

  2. mvp4mer - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Miami was picked 10th in the ACC pre-season. Marquette was picked 7th in the Big East (a much tougher conference top to bottom). And Buzz Williams made Larranaga look like a fifth-grade girls basketball coach in the tourney. Larranaga blamed the bus ride, Larkin’s illness–whatever. Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley had it right–Larranaga made no offensive adjustments. Marquette took Larkin away and Miami had no answer.

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