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Week 10 Big Ten Basketball Player of the Year Index

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As conference play begins to heat up, so are some of its greatest players. On the other hand, some of them are beginning to struggle as well. We saw the nation’s top team in Michigan State struggle immensely to the Buckeyes, who were led by forward, Keita Bates-Diop. The junior has absolutely burst onto the scene with back-to-back great performances. Jordan Murphy finally failed to pick up a double double, and Nick Ward failed to make a single field goal in the Spartan’s first conference loss.

While this was not the best week for individual performances, things are beginning to get interesting in the fight for conference player of the year honors as these kids try to lead their teams to a Big Ten title.

5. Miles Bridges - Michigan State

The Spartans have not gotten off to the best start in conference play. Following their loss to Ohio State this weekend, Michigan State narrowly escaped Rutgers in overtime. Bridges had just 11 points on three for 10 shooting. In the loss to Ohio State he shot just seven for 19. His overall play on the season keeps him on the list, but if he keeps shooting like this he will soon be off. I expect the preseason conference player of the year to rebound from these poor shooting nights and lead his team down the stretch.

4. Vincent Edwards - Purdue

Edwards kept up solid play this past week with another double double. He had 21 points to go along with 10 rebounds on 50 percent shooting in the Boilermaker’s easy win over Nebraska. He followed this with a relatively average performance against Michigan with 10 points five rebounds and five assists. He has 13.8 points per game on the season and leads the team with 8.4 rebounds.

3. Ethan Happ - Wisconsin

Despite the struggles of the Badgers, Happ keeps churning out double doubles. In the latest loss to Nebraska, Happ put up 19 points and 11 rebounds on 60 percent shooting. He still leads the team in both points and rebounds and has. Although his team keeps on failing to pick up wins, Happ is establishing himself as one of the conference's most efficient big men.

2. Keita Bates-Diop - Ohio State

Bates-Diop makes his first appearance on the POTY index this season. Ohio State’s shock of the Spartans came large in part to his career high 32 points. This was preceded by an other impressive performance when he put up 27 points and 13 rebounds in an easy win over Iowa, who was coming in hot. The 6’7’’ Junior is now averaging 20 points on the season to go along with 8.8 rebounds.

1. Jordan Murphy - Minnesota

Murphy finally failed to record a double double for the first time this season in a terrible performance against Northwester. I am not going to overreact too much to Murphy’s no show, a game in which he collected just two rebounds to go along with eight points. Murphy still leads the nation in rebounds with over 12 per contest. I do expect him to rebound from this game (pun intended), but if the struggles continue he could see his top spot relinquished in the coming week.