Robinson Jr. Named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- University of Michigan sophomore Bernard Robinson Jr. (Washington, D.C./New Hampton Prep, N.H.) was named Big Ten Conference men's basketball co-Player of the Week today (Monday, Jan. 7) for the week ending Jan. 6. Robinson shared the honor with Ohio State's Boban Savovic. This is the first time Robinson has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week and first for the Wolverines this season.


Robinson boosted the Wolverines to their first 2-0 start in Big Ten play since the 1997-98 campaign, leading the squad with 18.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game in victories over Penn State (Jan. 2) and Purdue (Jan. 5).

The Wolverines opened the conference season on the road at Penn State, where Robinson, the ESPN Player of the Game, helped the Wolverines hold on for the four-point victory (67-63), scoring a crucial 14 of his 16 points in the second half. He also had five rebounds and three steals while drawing the assignment of playing the Nittany Lions guard Brandon Watkins. Robinson's 5-for-5 free throw shooting was key down the stretch for the Maize and Blue as Penn State made a late charge.

Robinson followed that performance with an all-around effort in a home triumph over Purdue (79-75), producing a game-high 20 points along with seven rebounds, a career-high six assists and a pair of steals. He also recorded his first block of the season and again went a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line, including two free throws with five seconds remaining to seal the four-point win for the Wolverines.

For the season, he is averaging 12.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 steals a game. He has hit 13 consecutive free throws and has just four missed attempts this season, as he is 34-for-38 (89.5 percent).

The Wolverines (6-5, 2-0 Big Ten) continue their season at Minnesota on Wednesday (Jan. 9) at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CST.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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