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
Noah averaged 26.0 points and 11.0 rebounds for the week, leading the
Gators to a pair of victories over Georgia
. 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
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.