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Wisconsin's Ethan Happ has career scoring game to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor

With his double-double leading Wisconsin to a road victory over Penn State Thursday, forward Ethan Happ earned his second straight Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor.

MADISON – For the second-straight week, Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ has earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors from the league office, as announced on Monday.

After scoring the game-winning basket two weeks ago against No. 4 Michigan State and being named Co-Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the freshman forward from Milan, Illinois, followed up with a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds to power UW to a 66-60 road win at Penn State last Thursday.

Happ became the first UW freshman to post at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in a game since Alando Tucker in 2002.

This is the second-straight and second-career Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor for Happ. UW teammate Nigel Hayes won the award four times in 2013-14, including back-to-back selections twice (Dec. 30 & Jan. 6, Feb. 10 & 17).

Just the third freshman ever to start the season opener under retired head coach Bo Ryan, Happ has started all 20 games this season and is averaging 12.0 points and ranks second in the Big Ten with 8.3 rebounds per game. He is tied for the Big Ten lead with seven double-doubles this season and has posted at least 10 points and seven rebounds in 13 of UW’s 20 contests.

Since 1984, Rashard Griffith (9) is the only UW freshman with more double-doubles than Happ. In fact, Happ already owns the second-highest single-season total for double-doubles over the last 20 years (Frank Kaminsky had 14 in 2014-15).

Wisconsin hosts No. 25 Indiana at the Kohl Center on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. (CT) tip-off on ESPN. The Badgers also travel to Illinois this week for a game on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on BTN.

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