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McConnell named Bob Cousy Award finalist

Arizona point guard T.J. McConnell was named as one of the finalists for the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award on Monday.

McConnell is one of 23 named to the list that originally had 80 players on it. The national committee that votes on the award list is made up of media members, head coaches and Hall of Fame members. The winner of the 2014 Bob Cousy Award will be announced during the NCAA Final Four in early April.

Including McConnell, there are four other Pac-12 Conference point guards who have made the list. The other three are Kyle Anderson of UCLA, Justin Cobbs of California and Jahii Carson of ASU.

No Wildcat point guard has ever won the award, which was first given out after the 2003-04 season. Michigan’s Trey Burke won the award last season.

Syracuse’s freshman point guard Tyler Ennis may be the favorite as of Monday, with McConnell being a long shot. McConnell is averaging 7.9 points, 5.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.63.

Ennis is averaging 11.8 points, 5.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.64. Syracuse is also undefeated and is the No. 1-ranked school in the country.

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