Kirk Penney Receives Big Ten Honors

Kirk Penney was named a co-Big Ten Player of the Week, along with Indiana's Jeff Newton.

Here is the release from the Big Ten:

Big Ten Men's Basketball Co-Players of the Week

JEFF NEWTON, INDIANA
SR, F, Atlanta, GA/Mays
Newton posted back-to-back double-doubles during a 1-1 week to share Big Ten Player of the Week honors, averaging 18.5 points and 11 rebounds while adding 4.5 assists and two blocks per game. The Indiana senior boosted his League-leading total to 10 double-doubles, twice as many as any other Conference player, after collecting only one double-double in his first three seasons in Bloomington. Newton opened the week with 20 points, 10 rebounds, four blocked shots and four assists to lead the Hoosiers past League-leading Michigan, snapping IU's five-game losing streak in the process. He followed that performance with 17 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in a road loss at another League-leader, Wisconsin. Newton's excellence on the boards allowed him to retake the top spot in rebounding, as his 8.9 caroms per contest rank first in all games. He also rates among the League's top 10 in scoring (10th at 14.8 ppg) and rejections (6th at 1.46 bpg). Newton earns the first Big Ten Player of the Week award of his career and is the third Hoosier to be honored this season, joining Bracey Wright (12/2, 1/6) and Tom Coverdale (12/9).

KIRK PENNEY, WISCONSIN
SR, G, Auckland, New Zealand/Westlake
Penney averaged 18 points on 50 percent shooting last week, leading the Badgers to a pair of victories and a tie atop the Big Ten standings to earn a share of Conference Player of the Week accolades. After tallying 14 points in a win over Michigan State, the Wisconsin senior connected on 7-of-11 shots for a game-high 22 points as the Badgers knocked off Indiana. Penney has scored 20 or more points in three of his last five games and ranks fifth in the League with 16.7 points per contest in all games. He is averaging 17.4 points in Big Ten games only, good for fourth in the Conference, while also ranking sixth with 6.7 rebounds per contest. Penney collects his second Big Ten weekly award this season, as he was also selected on November 18, and the fifth of his career. His five Conference Player of the Week awards are a Wisconsin school record and are tied for the third-highest career total in League annals.

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