Illinois, Michigan State and Wisconsin Earn Weekly Men's Basketball Honors

Illinois' Rayvonte Rice was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week.

Dec. 30, 2013

Big Ten Co-Players of the Week

Rayvonte Rice, Illinois
G - Jr. - 6-4 - Champaign, Ill. - Centennial/Drake

• Poured in a game-high 28 points, corralled seven rebounds and handed out three assists in a win over Illinois-Chicago at the United Center
• Converted 10 field goals, including a 3-of-5 effort from three-point range
• Scored 16 points in the second half, helping the Illini erase a 10-point halftime deficit
• Currently ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring with 18.2 points per game, and has posted five efforts with at least 20 points
• Earns his second Big Ten Player of the Week honor this season and for his career
• Last Illinois Player of the Week: Rayvonte Rice (Dec. 2, 2013)

Keith Appling, Michigan State
G - Sr. - 6-1 - Detroit, Mich. - Pershing

• Tied a career-high with 27 points, handed out eight assists and pulled down five rebounds in Michigan State's win over New Orleans
• Converted 7-of-10 field goals (.700), including a flawless 4-of-4 effort from three-point range
• Committed just one turnover in 30 minutes
• Heads into conference play ranked first in the Big Ten in three-point field goal percentage (.447), second in assists (5.0 apg) and 11th in scoring (15.9 ppg)
• Earns his fourth Player of the Week honor and the first this season
• Last Michigan State Player of the Week: Adreian Payne (Dec. 23, 2013)

Big Ten Freshman of the Week

Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin
F - 6-10 - Toledo, Ohio - Whitmer

• Chipped in 10 points, recorded three blocks and corralled four rebounds in Wisconsin's win over Prairie View A&M, helping the Badgers remain undefeated on the season
• Three of his four rebounds were offensive boards
• Over the past two games, is averaging 13.5 points per contest
• Has appeared in all 13 contests for the Badgers in an average of 14.6 minutes per game, and is shooting 48.8 percent from the field
• Earns his first Freshman of the Week honor
• Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: Sam Dekker (March 4, 2013)