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Why Buffalo's Shannon Evans should be First Team All-MAC

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While a lot of the focus on postseason award talk will be about Justin Moss and his chance to be named the Player of the year, let's talk Shannon Evans. Four times this season Evans has been named the MAC East Player of the Week, the most of any single player in the Mid-American Conference.

His most recent award came on the heels of a heads-up steal which secured a dramatic win versus Akron. That play was one of ESPN Top 10 of the day. Against Ohio Earlier this week Evans was a key part of two ESPN top 10 plays.

In regular season play, UB's sophomore guard was the sixth-highest scoring player in the conference. His 15.5 points per game are three behind Moss but as UB got rolling in their last six-game win streak, he averaged 16.7 points per game.

More impressive than scoring 15.5 points a game is averaging nearly five assists. His 4.7 per game is good for third in the conference. Those assists contribute to an assist to turnover ratio of 1.8, good for eighth in the conference.

He is also third in the conference in steals with 1.7 per game thanks to great court and game awareness.

Last but not least is Evans' eleventh-spot in the conference in made three point plays. Against Bowling Green in the defacto MAC East Championship game Evans was 4-6 including three daggers which helped cut a 14 point first half deficit to a tie in less than three minutes.