Nov. 26, 2012
Minnesota guard Andre Hollins has been named the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week, the conference office announced today. This is the first weekly honor for Hollins and the first for the Golden Gopher Basketball program since Trevor Mbakwe was named POTW on Nov. 22, 2010.
Hollins, a native of Memphis, Tenn., averaged 20.3 points and 2.3 rebounds for the week, helping the Gophers to a 2-1 record and a fifth place finish at the Battle 4 Atlantis. He scored a career-high 41 points in the win over No. 19/17 Memphis Tigers, becoming just the fourth player in Minnesota history to surpass the 40-point plateau and the first since Oliver Shannon scored 42 against Wisconsin during the 1971 conference season.
Hollins also came up big in the third and final game at the Battle 4 Atlantis. The sophomore guard sank three free throws with 0.4 seconds left on the clock to secure a 66-63 win over the Stanford Cardinal. Hollins combined to go 20-for-22 from the free-throw line throughout the tournament.
In the opening round loss to No. 5 Duke, Hollins finished with a stat line of 12 points, four assists and three rebounds.
The Gophers are back in the States and will travel to Tallahassee, Fla. to take on Florida State in the 2012 Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The game is scheduled to tip at 6:15 p.m. CT.
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