It was a vintage week of B1G hoops - Michigan State took down Ohio State, who was then trounced at home by Iowa. Minnesota then took Sparty to the brink before submitting to the Izzone in overtime, and Northwestern won a game. A crazy week indeed. As per usual, we're here to honor the best of the last seven days. We'll be tracking and charting these results starting next week so as to get a clearer picture of who's performing week-in/week-out, but for now you're getting the sub-optimal version of TotW. Here we go:
Player of the Week: Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa - 2 GP, 18.5 ppg, 4.5 apg, 3.0 rpg, 3.5 spg, 60% FG%
There was a lot of talk last week that this Iowa wasn't ready to take that next step into the B1G's top-4, but winning at Ohio State on Sunday changed that tune. The Hawkeyes have a few players to thank for their great play, none more than Marble. He was outstanding in Columbus, putting up 22 points on 7-13 shooting against KenPom's top-ranked defense. Speaking of defense, he padded his stat line with a positively Aaron Craft-like three steals and two blocks. For that, along with his 15-point, six-assist performance against Northwestern, our staff voted Marble the Player of the Week.
Keith Appling, Michigan St. - 2 GP, 22 ppg, 5 rpg, 5 apg, 48% FG%, 88% FT%
Who's Michigan State's best player? You wouldn't be wrong if you said it was Keith Appling. The senior has become Sparty's most efficient scorer and shooter at a high-volume, hitting threes at a 48.3% clip. His week was a great showcase for what his game has become, as he put up two 20-point performances in two hotly-contested games. The most impressive stat from Appling's week? He was 21-24 from the foul line. That's 12 attempts a game, which is insane. And despite what Dan Dakich would tell you, he clearly outplayed Craft in last Tuesday's duel between two of the B1G's best at Breslin, dropping a 20-7-6 on the "nation's best perimeter defender."
Aaron White, Iowa - 2 GP, 18.5 ppg, 8 rpg, 3.5 apg, 63% FG%
It was always going to take a near-flawless team performance for Iowa, or any team, for that matter, to beat Ohio State at Value City Arena this season. The Hawkeyes got just that, led by Marble and Aaron White. The junior forward went 8-12 from the floor for 19 points to give Iowa that "hey look at us, we really are elite" win they were craving and fully deserved. White also posted 18 and 10 boards against Northwestern last week, his third double-double of the season.
Andre Hollins, Minnesota - 2 GP, 19 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3 apg
The Gophers nearly pulled off the shocker of the B1G season so far when they took Sparty to overtime at Breslin on Sunday, and even though Appling & co. weren't quite having it, Andre Hollins made life hard for his defenders. The junior put up 24 points on 7-14 shooting as Minnesota came up short, though it was no fault of Hollins'. He was less impressive in Minny's 68-65 win at Penn State with 14 points on 4-12 shooting, but he still earns a spot on this week's TotW.
Tie: Ben Brust, Wisconsin - 1 GP, 18 points, 6 reb, 4-8 3pt
Gary Harris, Michigan St. - 2 GP, 16 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3 apg
Elliot Eliason, Minnesota - 2 GP, 9 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 4.0 bpg
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