Joakim Noah named SEC Player of Week

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- For the second time this season University of Florida forward Joakim Noah has been honored by the Southeastern Conference as its Player of the Week, it was announced on Monday morning.

Noah averaged 26.0 points and 11.0 rebounds for the week, leading the Gators to a pair of victories over Georgia and Kentucky. Noah opened the week with a career-high 37-point showing against Georgia, hitting a UF record 19 free throws on 22 attempts. He followed that with his second double-double of the week, scoring 15 points and adding 11 rebounds, as Florida handed Kentucky its worst home loss in 14 years and its worst senior day loss since 1919.

The New York, N.Y., native has been on fire of late and has been in double figures in nine straight games and 14 of 15 overall. He is averaging 18.8 points and 8.0 rebounds over the last nine games.

It is the third time this season a Gator has earned the honor, as Noah earned the same honor on Dec. 26, while Taurean Green earned SEC Player of the Week honors on Nov. 21.

Noah and his Florida teammates earned a bye with their win over Kentucky, clinching the No. 2 seed in the SEC East. The Gators will face the winner of West No. 3 seed Arkansas and East No. 6 seed Georgia on Friday evening at 9:45 p.m. in Nashville, Tenn.

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