BTP Team of the Week: Dec 30th - Jan 5th Highlighted By Rayvonte Rice

Rice earns BTP Player of the Week Honors - Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

The first week of conference action concludes with a few players rising to the top.

Player of the Week: Rayvonte Rice, Illinois: 2 GP, 22.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 4-9 3pt FG, 24 FTA

The Illini got off to a perfect 2-0 start with wins over Indiana and Penn State last week, and Rice was the driving force in both wins. Recording a season-high 29 points in the OT win against the Hoosiers, the Drake transfer wore down his defenders by getting to the line 15 times while connecting on eight of his 20 attempts from the floor.

Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa: 2 GP, 22.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4-6 3pt FG, 7 Steals

The Hawkeyes only went 1-1 over the last week, but Marble was a bright spot. After putting up 15 points at home against Nebraska, he put up an incredible 27 points against Wisconsin on the road in one of the best games of the short Big Ten season so far. It may not have been enough to win, but putting up those kind of numbers against a defense as good as Wisconsin's has been this year says something.

Gary Harris, Michigan State: 2 GP, 19.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 8-15 3pt FG, 6 Steals

The Spartans started Big Ten season off with two road games, but came away a perfect 2-0 so far on the year. The win against Penn State was predicted, but MSU looked very impressive in a win over Indiana in Assembly Hall where Harris put up 26 points. The win may not look extremely impressive, but when the year ends, it could be huge in the Big Ten race and it lands Harris a spot here this week.

Yogi Ferrell, Indiana: 2 GP, 23.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 7-11 3pt FG, 6 Assists

It's rare a player can make the list when their team goes 0-2 during a week, but Yogi Ferrell put up some pretty impressive numbers in a road loss against Illinois and a loss at home to MSU. The team may have struggled, but Ferrell consistently hit shots and was great from outside the arch. If he continues this type of season, it's hard not to see Indiana getting a key win soon.

LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State: 2 GP, 18.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3-7 3pt FG, 24 FTA

The Buckeyes continued their undefeated season thanks to LaQuinton Ross with wins over Purdue and Nebraska last week. Ross was not fantastic against Nebraska, but did put up an impressive 25 points and 12 rebounds against Purdue on the road. OSU will need Ross to keep stepping up and be one of the team's primary scoring options to continue on their great year.

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