ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected the Michigan State guard Travis Trice as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 11. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
As the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week, Trice was nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by a representative of the USBWA board of directors from a list of Division I conference players of the week. This is the sixth season that the USBWA has selected a national player of the week.
Trice, a 6-0 senior guard from Huber Heights, Ohio., he averaged 21.5 points, 7.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 rebounds in wins on the road at Iowa and at home against Northwestern. He shot 52.0 percent from the field and 70.0 percent from 3-point range, while posting a 7-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Trice opened the week by scoring a game-high 25 points in a 75-61 win Iowa. He connected on 7-of-8 from 3-point range, matching the school's single-game record for 3-point field-goal percentage. Trice also had four assists as he notched his third 25-point game of the season. In an 84-77 overtime victory against Northwestern, Trice recorded his first-career double-double with a team-high 18 points and 10 assists, while committing just one turnover. He also recorded three steals, while making 8-of-10 free throws.
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