Indiana center Cody Zeller, a consensus preseason pick as national player of the year, may no longer be the best player on his team.
Junior guard Victor Oladipo has dazzled coaches around the league with his all-around game, and on Monday earned Big Ten player of the week honors. After Oladipo burned Michigan State on Sunday for 21 points, seven rebounds, six steals and three blocks, Spartans coach Tom Izzo said:
“He plays so hard. He’s the Ray Lewis of basketball.”
The biggest impact Oladipo had on that game didn’t appear in the official statistics, but it was highlighted on Indiana’s internal evaluation sheet.
As a defender, the 6-foot-5, 214-pounder recorded 22 deflections — 15 in the first half.
Purdue coach Matt Painter, who has to deal with Oladipo on Wednesday, isn’t looking forward to it.
“Victor has improved so much from year to year that it’s scary,” Painter said. “He didn’t slip on a banana peel and get better. He’s put a lot of time into it, and as a coach and a guy who used to play, you respect that.
“Victor affects the game even when he doesn’t score. That’s a big statement.”
Player of the week: Indiana guard Victor Oladipo. The 6-5 junior from Upper Marlboro, Md., had 21 points and seven rebounds in a win over Michigan State and 19 points and six rebounds in a win over Penn State.
Rookie of the week: Michigan wing Glenn Robinson III. The 6-6 freshman from St. John, Ind., had 12 points and nine rebounds in a win over Purdue and 12 points and seven rebounds in a win over Illinois.
Quote of the week
Michigan coach John Beilein on Wolverine freshman star Glenn Robinson III: “Every day in practice and every game, he does something that we have not seen yet. We’re trying to find ways to have him be even a bigger part of things we do.”
Stat of the week
In the first half of Sunday’s 74-60 Michigan win over Illinois, the teams combined to shoot one free throw.
Bits and pieces
Michigan has won Big Ten rookie of the week honors six times this season (Nick Stauskas 3, Glenn Robinson III 2 and Mitch McGary 1). ... Two of Wisconsin’s five Big Ten wins have come while scoring fewer than 50 points. That last happened at UW 16 years ago. ... Nebraska and Northwestern missed more field goals and more free throws than they made Saturday — 41 makes to 66 misses from the field and 19 makes to 20 misses from the free-throw line.
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