Burke Wins Big Ten Freshman of the Week Award for Fifth Time
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Feb. 20, 2012

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- University of Michigan men's basketball guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) earned his fifth Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor, as announced by the conference Monday (Feb. 20).

Burke helped the Wolverines upset sixth-ranked Ohio State, 56-51, on Saturday (Feb. 18) as he posted 17 points, five assists and two rebounds in 37 minutes of action. The win marks the Wolverines' third victory over a top-10 team this season, a feat which had not happened since the 1992-93 season.

As the Wolverines led from start to finish over Ohio State, Burke was integral down the stretch. With the shot clock winding down, Burke cut to the left side of the basket and laid it in to give U-M a five-point lead with 1:19 remaining.

After a pair of free throws from Ohio State's Aaron Craft, Burke clinched the win with just 11 seconds remaining as he broke past Craft and hit the running layup off the top of the glass, avoiding a Jared Sullinger block attempt. With the win, the Wolverines snapped a six-game losing streak to the Buckeyes.

On the season, Burke is averaging 14.1 points and 3.4 rebounds and ranks second in the Big Ten with 4.8 assists per game. Burke also leads U-M with 35.4 minutes per game and is tied for the team lead in steals (24) and blocks (10).

A candidate for All-Big Ten honors, including Freshman of the Year, Burke has hauled in six Big Ten awards this season, with one Player of the Week and five Freshman of the Week honors. He was a top-20 finalist for the Bob Cousy Award for the nation's top point guard and is 11 assists away from breaking U-M legend Gary Grant's school single-season freshman assists record of 140 during the 1984-85 season.

The Wolverines will return to floor Tuesday (Feb. 21) when they travel to Evanston, Ill., to play Northwestern. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. CST and the game will be televised on BTN.

Burke Garners Fourth Big Ten Freshman of the Week Honor (1/23/2012)
Burke Sweeps Big Ten Player, Freshman Weekly Honors (1/2/2012)
Burke Wins Second Big Ten Conference Weekly Honor (12/12/2011)
Hardaway, Burke Sweep Big Ten Conference Weekly Honors (11/28/2011)

Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423


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