Iowa’s Gatens Earns Big Ten Honor


February 27th, 2012 by Jim Field

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s Matt Gatens is the Big Ten’s co-Player of the Week, the first such honor for the senior from Iowa City.

Gatens scored a career-high 33 points in last Thursday’s 67-66 win over Wisconsin. Gatens then scored 22 points in a 65-54 loss at Illinois on Sunday, his fourth straight game with at least 20 points.

Gatens, who shares the player of the week honor with Purdue’s Robbie Hummel, is the first Iowa player to earn the award since Jake Kelly on March 9, 2009.

The Hawkeyes (15-14, 7-9 Big Ten) close out their road schedule at Nebraska on Wednesday.