Illinois and Michigan Earn Weekly Conference Honors




Dec. 31, 2012

Player of the Week
Tracy Abrams, Illinois
G – 6-1 – So. – Chicago, Ill. – Mount Carmel

•    Posted career highs with 27 points and eight rebounds to lead Illinois to an 81-79 win over Auburn at the United Center in Chicago
•    Tallied game highs of five assists and four steals
•    Played all 35 of his minutes at the point with only one turnover
•    Earns his first career Player of the Week honor  
•    Last Illinois Player of the Week: Brandon Paul (Dec. 10, 2012)

Freshman of the Week
Nik Stauskas, Michigan
G – 6-6 – Mississauga, Ontario – St. Marks

•    Scored 19 points on the strength of five three-pointers in Michigan’s win over Central Michigan
•    His five three pointers and seven rebounds were both career bests
•    Leads the nation in three-point shooting, having made at least one three-pointer in all 13 of Michigan’s games, including four or more threes in five games
•    Earns his third Freshman of the Week honor
•    Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Mitch McGary (Dec. 24, 2012)

2012-13 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week
Nov. 12    
P: Tim Hardaway Jr., Jr., MICH
F: Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, IND
Nov. 19    
P: Deshaun Thomas, Jr., OSU
F: Gary Harris, MSU
Nov. 26    
P: Andre Hollins, So., MINN
F: Nik Stauskas, MICH
Dec. 3    
P: Andre Almeida, Sr., NEB
F: Nik Stauskas, MICH
Dec. 10    
P: Brandon Paul, Sr., ILL
F: Gary Harris, MSU
Dec. 17    
P: Trey Burke, So., MICH
F: Mike Gesell, IOWA
Dec. 24    
P: Derrick Nix, Sr., MSU
F: Mitch McGary, MICH
Dec. 31    
P: Tracy Abrams, So., ILL
F: Nik Stauskas, MICH