Miles Bridges Named Big Ten Player of the Week
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State sophomore men's basketball player Miles Bridges was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Tuesday.
Michigan State, ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press and USA Today Top 25 Coaches polls, hosts Cleveland State on Friday, Dec. 29 (6 p.m.). The game will be shown live on the Big Ten Network, with Kevin Kugler and Jon Crispin calling all of the action.
The Spartans, who have won 11-straight games, improved to 12-1 overall with non-league wins over Houston Baptist (107-62) and Long Beach State (102-60) last week. In scoring more than 100 points in consecutive games, it marked the first time MSU had done that since surpassing the century mark in the first three games of the 2004-05 season.
Bridges, a guard/forward, averaged 25.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists while connecting on 64.3 percent of his shots from the field (18-of-28) in two games.
Against Houston Baptist on Dec. 18, Bridges tied his career-high with 33 points, hitting 11-of-14 shots from the floor, four 3-pointers and all seven of his free throws, to go with six rebounds and five assists. He followed that up with 17 points and nine rebounds in the win over Long Beach State.
Bridges leads Michigan State in scoring, and ranks fifth in the Big Ten, with 16.8 points per game, is second on the team with 6.7 rebounds and is averaging 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks. He is 14th in the league in rebounding, second in free throw percentage (93.8 percent), 17th in 3-point field goals made (1.7/game) and tied for 13th in blocked shots.
This is the first time Bridges has been named Big Ten Player of the Week and he is the first Spartan to earn the award since Nick Ward in February 2017. Bridges was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week five times last year.