CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University junior Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) is doing everything he possibly can to get the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week award renamed in his honor after the 6-5 junior guard put his mark on the distinction for the third consecutive week and the fourth time in the past five weeks for his play during the week ending January 6 when the league office announced the honor Tuesday. Karp posted back-to-back 24-point performances, while also averaging 6.5 rebounds and both 2.0 assists and steals per game in leading the Cougars to a pair of conference victories this past week. He shot a combined .559 from the field (19-of-34) over the two games as well.
In a 105-77 decision over Purdue University-North Central last Thursday, Karp totaled 24 points, six rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks. Two days later, he again hit for 24 points to go along with seven rebounds, two assists and a steal in a 95-77 win over Holy Cross College (Ind.). Karp currently ranks first in the conference and third nationally in scoring averaging 23.7 points per game. He also ranks second in rebounding (8.5 per game), third in steals (2.3 per game) and fifth in field goal accuracy (.581) in the CCAC. Winners of three straight games, Saint Xavier is 14-4 overall and 10-2 in the conference, currently in second place behind only No. 5 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.). The Cougars are currently ranked No. 23 in the latest NAIA Division II Top 25 Poll released this afternoon.
Saint Xavier (14-4 overall/10-2 CCAC) is back in action tonight against CCAC foe Indiana University-South Bend (IUSB). The game is slated for a 7 p.m. tip-off at the Shannon Center in Chicago.