MSU's Neitzel and OSU's Oden Share Player of the Week Honors

Feb. 26, 2007

Co-Players of the Week
Drew Neitzel, Michigan State
Jr., G, Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park

Neitzel claims Co-Player of the Week accolades after averaging 22.5 points per game and leading Michigan State to victories over No. 1/2 Wisconsin and Indiana. The junior guard scored a game-high 28 points, shooting 10-of-17 from the field (.588) and 6-of-11 from three-point range (.545) against the Badgers. Late in the second half, Neitzel notched 11 straight points for the Spartans, turning a 49-45 deficit into a 56-51 lead. The win was MSU's first ever at home over the No. 1 ranked team in the Associated Press poll. In Saturday's victory over Indiana, Neizel scored 17 points, including 15 in the second half while adding two assists and one steal. For the week, he shot 55.6 percent from the field (15-of-27) and 52.9 percent from three-point range (9-of-17).  Neitzel claims his third Player of the Week laurel as he also was honored on Nov. 20 and Nov. 27, 2006.

Greg Oden, Ohio State
Fr., C, Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North

Oden shares Player of the Week laurels after helping Ohio State to a pair of home wins as the Buckeyes clinched the outright Big Ten title for the second consecutive year. The freshman center registered 11 points while adding five rebounds in a 49-48 victory over No. 1/2 Wisconsin. Oden began the week by tallying his ninth double-double of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds against Penn State. For the week, he averaged 14 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, while blocking seven shots. The Indianapolis, Ind., native also connected on 58.8 percent of his shots (10-of-17) and 66.7 percent of his free throws (8-of-12). Oden, who currently leads the Big Ten in rebounds (9.5 rpg) and ranks seventh in scoring (15.3 ppg), picks up his second conference weekly accolade as he was also honored on Jan. 29.