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Spartans’ Nick Ward earns Player of the Week award; Iowa’s Luka Garza named Freshman of the Week

Player of the Week

Nick Ward, Michigan State

F – So. – 6-8 – Gahanna, Ohio – Lincoln

Averaged 21.5 points, 12.5 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per game and went 16-of-17 (.941) from the field in two wins last week

Tied his season high in points (22) and rebounds (15) in a 111-61 win vs. Cleveland State

Went a perfect 9-of-9 from the floor en route to 21 points in a 108-52 win vs. Savannah State

Notched two double-doubles to bring his season total to four

Earns his second career Big Ten Player of the Week honor (also earned four Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards during the 2016-17 season)

Last Michigan State Player of the Week: Miles Bridges (Dec. 26, 2017)

Freshman of the Week

Luka Garza, Iowa

F – 6-11 – Washington, D.C. – Maret

Recorded career highs in points (25), blocked shots (5) and 3-pointers made (3) in Iowa’s 98-75 win vs. Northern Illinois

Went a perfect 8-of-8 from the field and 6-of-8 from the foul line

Set new career highs in just 16 minutes of action

Led Iowa to its fifth consecutive victory

Earns his first career Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor

Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Jordan Bohannon (March 6, 2017)