Morgan named Big Ten co-Player of the Week

After some Sunday afternoon campaigning, Archie Miller’s hope was fulfilled.

At least, partially.

The Big Ten named Indiana’s Juwan Morgan its co-Player of the Week, an honor he shares with Minnesota’s Amir Coffey. Morgan led IU to victories over Illinois and Rutgers last week, while averaging 22.5 points and 8.0 rebounds, and shooting 71.4 percent from the field.

The senior forward flourished in the regular season finale, posting 25 points and grabbing seven rebounds in IU’s 89-73 win over the Scarlet Knights on Sunday. He made each of his first 10 shots of the game before finishing 11-for-13 from the floor in the Hoosiers’ Senior Day win.

Afterwards, Miller praised Morgan’s performance during a must-win stretch of games for IU, touting the veteran forward as one of the league’s best.

“I don’t know necessarily what anyone else in the league (accomplished), but I know he had one heck of a week for our basketball team in terms of being Player of the week or whatever,” Miller said. “If he’s not, somebody else must have had an unbelievable line. Because if you look at his line the last two weeks, pretty impressive.”

Turns out, Coffey was pretty productive, too.

The Minnesota junior guard averaged 27.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists during the Golden Gophers’ two games last week, including a 73-69 victory over No. 11 Purdue.

Coffey scored a career-high 32 points and pulled down eight boards in that win over the Boilermakers, becoming the first Gopher to score 30-plus points in back-to-back games since Vincent Grier in 2005.

For Morgan, this is the third Big Ten Player of the Week honor of his career and his second this season.

He last received the award on Dec. 17, 2018 after pouring in 35 points against Butler in the Crossroads Classic.