Matt Gatens Named Big Ten Player Of The Week

Or Co-Big Ten Player of the Week, technically, since he's sharing the honor with Purdue's Robbie Hummel, but still: Matt Gatens' torrid shooting streak has not gone unnoticed by our Big Ten overlords, and they have duly rewarded him for his excellence. Nominally this award is for his career-high 33-point effort (67% FG, 7/10 from 3-point range) in Iowa's upset win over Wisconsin on Thursday and his 22-point effort (on 5/6 shooting from distance) in Iowa's loss to Illinois yesterday, but I suspect whoever decides this award was influenced at least a little bit by Gatens' excellence in the Indiana and Penn State games prior to last week's efforts, too. Gatens really has been on a phenomenal hot streak (particularly when it comes to shooting 3s) over his last seven halves of basketball.

In any event, it's nice to see Gatens finally recognized. It's the first Big Ten Player of the Week honor of his career, as well as the first Iowa player to earn B1G POTW honors since Jake Kelly put together his own red-hot streak back in March, 2009. Congratulations all around to Gatens, who has taken his game to an entirely new (and breathtaking) level the past two weeks; it's been a lot of fun to see him mount such an assault on scoreboards around the league. Here's hoping he has a few more games like this left in him this season.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Black Heart Gold Pants

You must be a member of Black Heart Gold Pants to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Black Heart Gold Pants. You should read them.

Join Black Heart Gold Pants

You must be a member of Black Heart Gold Pants to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Black Heart Gold Pants. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker