Feb. 12, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Mike Conley Jr., the Big Ten’s leader in assists, steals and assist-to-turnover ratio, earned co-Big Ten player of the week honors after he led Ohio State to a pair of home wins last week to remain unbeaten at home (16-0) and tied for the top spot in Big Ten Conference play with a 10-1 record. Conley, a freshman point guard from Indianapolis, averaged 18.5 points and five assists while connecting on 61 percent of his shots from the field, 75 percent of his 3-point attempts and 86 percent of his foul shots. He scored a career-high 23 points in the win over Michigan (Feb. 6) while making 9-of-12 shots from the field and handing out six assists with just one turnover. He shares the award with Wisconsin senior forward Alando Tucker.
Conley’s shooting efforts moved him into the No. 5 spot among league players for the season in field goal percentage (.527/96-182). For the season, he has recorded a league-high 157 assists to go with a Big Ten best 58 steals. He already owns the Ohio State freshman record for assists in a season and is moving up the all-time Top 10 list for assists in a season. He is currently tied for No. 5 with Larry Bolden (1975) and trails No. 4 Curtis Wilson’s 162 in 1987. Conley’s season steals total is tied for the No. 10 spot with Brent Darby (2003) and is No. 2 all-time among OSU freshmen behind Michael Redd’s 61 in 1998.
Ohio State (22-3 overall) tied a school record for home wins in a season with the victory vs. Purdue last Saturday. The Buckeyes take to the road this week for games at Minnesota (7 p.m./ESPN) Wednesday and at Minnesota (1 p.m./CBS) Sunday.