Posted-Jan. 23, 2012 1:21 pm
MADISON, Wis. – After averaging 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists in a pair of Badgers victories last week, Jordan Taylor was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for the second time in his career on Monday.
Taylor was the catalyst as the Badgers topped Northwestern, 77-57, on Wednesday, and won at No. 22 Illinois, 67-63, on Sunday. The wins moved the squad to within a half game of first place in the Big Ten.
In the win over Northwestern, Taylor scored 9 of his 15 points during a momentum-turning 17-2 run early in the second half. He hit three 3-pointers in a 1:38 span and the Badgers turned a tight 38-36 contest into a 55-38 cushion in a spurt that lasted 4:35.
Taylor also added six assists and three rebounds in the win over the Wildcats.
Sunday, Taylor had a game-high 19 points and a season-high nine rebounds at Illinois. He also dished out five assists without a turnover and added one steal. Taylor scored seven points (5-for-6 at the free throw line) in the final 32 seconds to help put the game away. He has now scored in double figures in 11 straight games and 17 of the Badgers’ last 18.
Taylor was also the last Badger to earn Player of the Week honors, gaining recognition on Feb. 11, 2011.
The Badgers are back in action on Thursday night at home against Indiana. Tip off is set for 8 p.m. on ESPN.