Free Press sports writers Nick Baumgardner and Orion Sang dissect Michigan’s 76-57 win over Purdue, Dec. 1, 2018 at Crisler Center.
Orion Sang and Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press

It was a big week for the Michigan basketball team.

The Wolverines rose two spots to No. 5 in the AP Poll after blowing out two ranked opponents.

And two players earned Big Ten honors.

Sophomore guard Jordan Poole was named Big Ten Player of the Week, while freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis was named Freshman of the Week.

Poole shot the ball extremely well in wins over then-No. 11 North Carolina and then-No. 19 Purdue.

Against the Tar Heels, he scored 18 points while hitting 5-of-8 3s. In Saturday’s win over the Boilermakers, he scored a game-high 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting while connecting on all five 3-point attempts. 

He averaged 19.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists over both games and became Michigan’s first Player of the Week since former point guard Derrick Walton Jr. did so on March 6, 2017. 

Brazdeikis, meanwhile, scored a game-high 24 points in Michigan’s win over North Carolina. It was his third consecutive 20-plus point game. He added 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting against Purdue.

He averaged 18.0 points and 3.5 rebounds over the past week and became Michigan’s first Freshman of the Week since Aubrey Dawkins won the award on March 9, 2015.

Michigan’s next game is Tuesday at Northwestern.

Contact Orion Sang: Follow him on Twitter @orion_sang.

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