Trey Burke has now equaled Cody Zeller for the most Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards with six on the year, and this is his second in a row. Here's the full press release via U-M Media Relations:
Burke Repeats as Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Earns Sixth Honor
Feb. 27, 2012
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- University of Michigan men's basketball guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) earned his sixth Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor, as announced by the conference Monday (Feb. 27).
Burke continues to lead the Wolverines as they bid for the Big Ten regular-season title and a first-round bye for the Big Ten Tournament. For the week, Burke averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists while playing 41.0 minutes per game.
Burke was instrumental in Michigan's comeback win at Northwestern (Feb. 21) as the Wolverines rallied to beat the Wildcats, 67-55, in overtime for the second time this season. He led U-M with 19 points and added four assists, two steals and six rebounds while playing all 45 minutes.
Burke spearheaded Michigan's offense in the extra period, draining the first of three straight triples as U-M took control of the extra five minutes en route to its 21st win of the season. In U-M's loss to Purdue (Feb. 25), Burke tallied 12 points, four assists and a rebound in 37 minutes of action.
On the season, Burke is averaging 14.2 points and 3.4 rebounds and ranks second in the Big Ten with 4.8 assists per game. He also leads U-M with 35.8 minutes per game and is tied for the team lead in steals (26) and second in blocks (10). Burke is three assists away from breaking U-M legend Gary Grant's school single-season freshman assists record of 140 during the 1984-85 season.
A candidate for All-Big Ten honors, including Freshman of the Year, Burke has hauled in seven Big Ten awards this season, with one Player of the Week and six Freshman of the Week honors. He was a top-20 finalist for the Bob Cousy Award for the nation's top point guard.
Michigan is tied for second in the Big Ten with Ohio State at 11-5, two games back of 13-3 Michigan State. The Wolverines will play the first of their two remaining regular-season games when they travel to Illinois on Thursday (March 1). Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. CST, and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.