Two road games, two wins. Not a bad week for Northwestern. And now the Cats' top player has an accolade to go along with it.
Drew Crawford was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week following his terrific performances in wins over Wisconsin and Minnesota, a pair of games played away from Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Crawford scored a season-high 30 points against the Badgers before adding 17 more against the Gophers. He also hauled in a total of 13 rebounds in the two victories.
Crawford's prolific scoring has not gone unnoticed, as he is the main source of points for the Wildcats, accounting for 25.4 percent of their total offensive output this season. He ranks eighth in the conference averaging 16.3 points per game. What has been quiet, however, is Crawford's rebounding prowess. He's averaging 6.8 rebounds per game on the season, good for sixth in the Big Ten. He's the only player in the conference to rank in the top 10 in both categories.
The award is the third of Crawford's career and the first for a Northwestern player in two seasons.
Other weekly conference honors were also handed out Monday, with Penn State's D.J. Newbill the other half of that Co-Player of the Week tandem and Indiana's Noah Vonleh picking up his seventh Freshman of the Week award of the season. Newbill scored a total of 44 points in two wins for the Nittany Lions last week, including 25 in a huge road upset of Ohio State. Vonleh, meanwhile, had a double-double in Indiana's upset of Michigan on Sunday. Vonleh leads the conference in rebounding with 9.4 boards per game.