It’s been quite the weekend for Michigan point guard Trey Burke, and the Wolverines haven’t even played their Final Four matchup against Syracuse yet.
One day after being named National Player of the Year by the Associated Press the sophomore from Columbus, Ohio received two more individual honors. Burke was announced the winner of both the John R. Wooden and Oscar Robertson awards, with the latter being handed out by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).
In winning the Wooden Award Burke becomes the first Wolverine to win the award, and he’s the first winner from the Big Ten since Ohio State’s Evan Turner won the award in 2010.
Burke (2,808 points) beat out Indiana’s Victor Oladipo (2,718) in the closest Wooden Award race since Duke’s J.J. Redick finished with 72 more points than Gonzaga’s Adam Morrison in 2005.
Completing the top five in the Wooden Award voting were Creighton’s Doug McDermott, Georgetown’s Otto Porter Jr. and Duke’s Mason Plumlee.
As for the Oscar Robertson Award, Burke is the ninth sophomore to receive the USBWA’s highest individual honor. And he becomes the second Michigan player to be named Player of the Year by the USBWA, with the great Cazzie Russell being the first back in 1966.
The last sophomore to win the award was Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin back in 2009.
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Monmouth used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to beat Rider on Friday night, a win that will keep the Hawks within striking distance of the kind of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the MAAC tourney.
The run was capped by star point guard Justin Robinson, who buried this three with three seconds left to put Monmouth up for good, 79-78:
Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.
UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.
Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.
All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.
The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.