Miles Bridges Named Big Ten Player of the Week
East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State men’s basketball sophomore guard/forward Miles Bridges was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday. This is the second time this season that Bridges has been named the league’s Player of the Week (Dec. 26).
Bridges helped lead Michigan State to a pair of wins last week, beating Iowa, 96-93, last Tuesday on the road, and then posting a 68-65 win over then-No. 3 Purdue at the Breslin Center on Saturday.
In two games, Bridges averaged 22.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists while connecting on 60.7 percent of his field goals (17-of-28). In the win over Iowa, he scored 25 points, grabbed four rebounds and had four assists. In the win over Purdue on Saturday, he scored 20 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left.
Bridges leads Michigan State in scoring with 17.8 points per game, is second on the team with 7.1 rebounds and is averaging 2.9 assists and 1.0 blocks per game. He is one of only two players in the country averaging at least 17.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 blocks.
Bridges was named to the John R. Wooden Award® Late Season Top 20 by the Los Angeles Athletic Club last week, is one of 10 finalists for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award and was one of 14 players selected to the midseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, which is presented by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association to college basketball’s national player of the year.
Michigan State, ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, has won eight-straight games and is now 24-3 overall and 12-2 in the Big Ten Conference. The Spartans play at Minnesota on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Tipoff on ESPN2 is slated for 9 p.m.