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Pope, Waiters make POY case

The two are flourishing thanks to some style tweaks made by their coaches

Updated: January 13, 2012, 2:11 PM ET
By Matt Giles | ESPN Insider
Herb Pope and Dion Waiters US PresswireHerb Pope and Dion Waiters are having MVP-caliber seasons.

Ever want a way to compare every player in college basketball? John Hollinger has your answer. With his college player efficiency ratings (PER), we can evaluate the productivity of Division I hoopsters from Arizona to Youngstown State to see who's really helping his team the most.

Once conference play gets rolling, it's never too early to start examining potential conference player of the year candidates. Though the Big East may not be as deep as in years past, the conference still boasts of large number of the country's top players. Two of those up for Big East Player of the Year consideration -- Seton Hall's Herb Pope and Syracuse's Dion Waiters -- are excelling partially due to slight modifications made to the teams' overall strategy.