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The Big Ten on Monday announced the men's basketball Players of the Week. Below are this week's honorees.

Co-Players of the Week

D.J. Richardson, Illinois

6-3, Sr., G, Peoria, Ill./Findlay Prep

  • Led the Illini to two wins over top-20 opponents last week, averaging 18.0 points on 50.0 percent shooting and 2.5 steals
  • Against top-ranked Indiana, poured in a game-high 23 points, including 15 in the second half and eight in the final minutes of the game
  • Scored 13 points in a road win over Minnesota, shooting 60 percent from three-point range, and chipped in three rebounds, two assists and two steals
  • Wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week honor
  • Last Illinois Player of the Week: Tracy Abrams (Dec. 31, 2012)

 Ben Brust, Wisconsin

6-1, Jr., G, Hawthorn Woods, Ill./ Mundelein

  • Helped Wisconsin to a pair of overtime wins against Iowa and Michigan over the weekend, averaging 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals
  • Scored 14 points and forced overtime against Michigan with a buzzer-beating three-point shot just inside halfcourt, then hit the eventual game-winning three in overtime
  • Played 45 minutes against Iowa, scoring 18 points and hauling in six rebounds
  • Shot 43.8 percent from three-point range in two games.
  • Wins his first Big Ten Player of the Week honor
  • Last Wisconsin Big Ten Player of the Week: Jordan Taylor (Jan. 23, 2012)

Freshman of the Week

Mitch McGary, Michigan

6-10, F, Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy

  • Averaged 13.0 points on 56.5 percent shooting, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals in a pair of overtime contests against Ohio State and Wisconsin last week
  • Recorded career highs with 14 points and four steals in a midweek win over Ohio State, while also adding six rebounds
  • Posted a career-high 32 minutes against Wisconsin over the weekend, finishing with 12 points, eight rebounds and three steals
  • Earns his second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Glenn Robinson III (Jan. 28, 2013)

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

Jan. 7             P:    Trey Burke, So., MICH

                        F:    Glenn Robinson III, MICH

Jan. 14          P:    Cody Zeller, So., IND

                        P:    Deshaun Thomas, Jr., OSU

                        F:    Sam Dekker, WIS

Jan. 21          P:    Tim Hardaway Jr., Jr., MICH

                        F:    Shavon Shields, NEB

Jan. 28          P:    Victor Oladipo, Jr., IND

                        F:    Glenn Robinson III, MICH

Feb. 4            P:    Cody Zeller, So., IND

                        P:    Keith Appling, Jr., MSU

                        F:    A.J. Hammons, PUR

Feb. 11         P:    D.J. Richardson, Sr., ILL

                        P:    Ben Brust, Jr., WIS

                        F:    Mitch McGary, MICH

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