MADISON – Following a big week, including a career day at Minnesota, Ethan Happ was announced as co-Big Ten player of the week Monday, the first weekly honor for the Wisconsin sophomore in his career.
In a home win over Michigan and an overtime road win at Minnesota, Happ averaged 19.5 points (50 percent FG), nine rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game. After scoring 11 points and registering team highs in rebounds (six), assists (three), blocks (two) and steals (two) in a 68-64 over the Wolverines, Happ scored a career-high 28 points, a game-high 12 rebounds, a career-high five blocks and matched his career-high with six assists in the win over Minnesota.
Happ became the first major conference player since 2003 to reach 25 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks in a game. He also was the first Badger since Frank Kaminsky in 2013 to score 20+ points in one half and the first since Kaminsky in 2014 to record 5+ blocks in a game.
The two wins helped Wisconsin - up two spots to No.15 in this week's Associated Press poll - stay in a first place tie with Maryland in the Big Ten.
On the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list and a candidate for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year award and the Naismith Player of the Year award, Happ ranks third in the Big Ten with seven double-doubles this season. Among the league leaders in a number of categories, Happ is also tied for 16th in scoring (13.6 ppg), third in field goal percentage (.602), third in rebounding (9.2 rpg), third in steals (1.8 spg) and tied for 13th in blocks (1.1 bpg).
Happ is the only player in the NCAA averaging at least 13.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.
Wisconsin (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten) hosts Penn State (11-9, 3-4) Tuesday at 8 p.m. before facing Rutgers (12-8, 1-6) at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday at 11 a.m.