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Winston named Big Ten Player of the Week...again

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It’s the second week in a row and fourth time this season Winston has earned the honors

NCAA Basketball: Maryland at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

For the second week in a row, the best point guard in the conference has won Big Ten Player of the Week.

Cassius Winston earned the claim for the fourth time this season after a three-game week with 20 points, 7.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game as he led the Spartans to a 2-1 week. Not a shabby week considering two games were against top 20 teams and two on the road.

Winston is the third MSU player to earn Player of the Week honors four times in a single season, joining little-known guys named Draymond Green (11-12) and Denzel Valentine (15-16). In both of those seasons, Green and Valentine went on to receive Big Ten Player of the Year honors.

On the season, Winston is first in assists (7.3 per game), fifth amongst the Big Ten in scoring (18.5 per game) and fourth in 3-point percentage (45.5 percent).

The six day break between games for the Spartans will hopefully benefit Winston and let him recharge his batteries. Over the last three games — all in a span of six days — Winston averaged 36.6 minutes per game, playing at least 35 minutes in each contest.