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Big Ten co-Players of the Week       Send a link to a friend

[JAN. 18, 2005]  PARK RIDGE --

Luther Head, Illinois
Senior, guard, Chicago, Manley High School

Head was the driving force behind two wins to lead Illinois to its best start in school history, at 18-0. Head averaged 22.5 points per game on 61.5 percent shooting from the field, while also going 9-of-18 from the 3-point line (.500). He scored a game-high 19 points in the win over Penn State, tallying five 3-pointers, while also adding seven rebounds and three assists. He then posted a season-high 26 points against Northwestern, just three off his career best. His 26 points and nine field goals are the most by an Illinois player this season.

The 6-3 guard earns the first weekly honor of his career and becomes one of four different Illini to be named player of the week during the 2004-05 season.

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Mike Wilkinson, Wisconsin
Senior, forward, Blue Mounds, Wis., Wisconsin Heights High School

Wilkinson averaged 20.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in the Badgers' victories over Ohio State and No. 15/12 Michigan State. Against the Buckeyes, he tallied 19 points in the second half to finish with a career-high 29 points, while adding 10 rebounds for his 13th career double-double. He followed with 12 points and seven rebounds against the Spartans, including four free throws and a blocked shot in the final two minutes, to give the Badgers their nation-leading 38th consecutive home victory. Wilkinson finished the week averaging 20.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and three assists.

He claims his second Big Ten laurel, as he was honored on Jan. 26 of last season.

[Robin Jentes, associate director of communications,
Big Ten Conference]

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