Tony Hicks named Ivy League Rookie of the Week

HICKS!!!Tony Hicks’ Empire State success has not gone unnoticed.

After scoring 48 points combined against Cornell and Columbia last weekend, Hicks was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday.

Hicks came out of the gates on fire against Cornell on Friday, scoring 15 of Penn’s first 17 points before finishing with a career-high 29 points. On Saturday, he led the Quakers with 19 points at Columbia as he went 8-for-15 from the field.

The freshman has been consistent for Penn in Ivy League play, leading the team with 13.8 points per game during the course of the Red and Blue’s nine-game Ivy slate.

Hicks is the third Quaker freshman to receive the Ancient Eight’s rookie of the week, following the lead of Jamal Lewis and Darien Nelson-Henry.

This Week on 33rd Street: Feb. 22

After its third straight split Ivy weekend, the Penn basketball team will be back on the road again against Cornell and Columbia this Friday and Saturday. When the two New York schools visited the Palestra earlier this season, the Quakers topped the Lions on Friday before blowing a lead and falling to the Big Red on Saturday. Senior Sports Editor Mike Tony and Associate Sports Editor John Phillips preview the action:

DPOSTM Ivy Hoops Power Rankings: Nov. 28

VIDEO: Cartwright-to-Dougherty buzzer-beater against Columbia

If you weren't at the Palestra last night, you missed an incredible finish. With 1.5 seconds left on the clock in overtime, Miles Cartwright had a perfect inbounds pass to Fran Dougherty, who put in the layup to give Penn a 61-59 win. Brian Seltzer has the call:

Penn vs. Columbia post-game pressers

Jerome Allen, Fran Dougherty and Miles Cartwright speak after Penn's 61-59 overtime win over Columbia:

Zack Rosen named candidate for Bob Cousy Award

For the second-straight year, Zack Rosen is up for the Bob Cousy Award. Rosen is up against 64 other point guards throughout the country, including locals Tyreek Duran (La Salle) and Maalik Wayns (Villanova).

PGs from several Ivy schools made the list as well — Columbia's Brian Barbour, Cornell's Chris Wroblewski and Harvard's Brandyn Curry. Check the full list here.

Rosen currently ranks No. 14 in the country among guards in points per game (20.8) and No. 21 in assists per game (6.0).

The field of 65 will be narrowed to 20 by the New Year, and continues to split in half each month until the winner is announced during the Final Four weekend in New Orleans.

Columbia’s Agho suffers torn patellar tendon

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With the Lions off to an 0-2 start (70-57 loss to national champ UConn and 62-58 loss to Furman Monday night), they took another blow last night.

6'3 senior guard Noruwa Agho — the heart of the team — went down with a knee injury late in the game after scoring 12 points in 31 minutes for Columbia. His return was questionable, and apparently he returned to the sidelines on crutches, but this afternoon Dalen Cuff (@dcuff21) reported a torn patellar tendon.

We don't know much about the severity of the tear, but as DP Sports' resident Pam Oliver, here's what this means for the Lions: We don't know for sure whether or not the tear is partial or complete, but based on reports that he wasn't putting any weight on his leg after the injury, a complete tear is probable.

In layman's terms, the patellar tendon connects the patella (kneecap) to the tibia (shin bone). Without full connection, the patella has no support and slides around the knee joint and often up toward the femur (thigh). Sometimes part of the patella bone can break as well, if the tear is near the kneecap. Without support from the tendon, the knee cannot be straightened.

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Prognosis: Of course I can't make any judgments as to the specifics of Agho's injury, but if the tear is indeed complete, he will need surgery. In the off-chance of a partial tear, he could do major rehabbing and get back, but he would be incredibly prone to further injury. More likely is surgery, which is not good for him or Columbia's program. There are tons of variables that play into the type of surgery and how invasive it will be, and again, I can't speculate on that. But for such a surgery, 6-12 months is the average recovery time, and that's for an average person. It could take even longer for Agho to get back to full playing form.

Reports have been that he could be out for the year, and if he does indeed have surgery, we probably won't see him on the court anytime this season. Keep in mind he is a senior, and it's quite difficult to convince the Ivy League that you need a 5th year for academic reasons.

The loss is really unfortunate — Agho is the backbone to this team and he will be tough to replace. In the past two seasons, he averaged 34.5 minutes per game and 16.5 points per game. He dished out 119 assists last year and grabbed 138 boards.