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Garza Earns Big Ten Player of the Week Honors

Averaged 33.5 points per game last week to win the award.

Iowa v Syracuse
Garza scoring against Syracuse last week.
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The Big Ten conference announced today that Iowa junior Luka Garza was the conference player of the week after scoring 67 total points in games against Syracuse and #4 Michigan.

Garza, a 6-11 center from Washington D.C., had 23 points in a victory over Syracuse in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and then put up 44 in a loss to #4 Michigan on the road in the conference opener.

The 44 points was the third most points ever scored in a game by an Iowa Hawkeye behind only all-time great John Johnson and was the most scored by a visitor in the history of Crisler Center.

On the season Garza is averaging 22.7 points per game as well as 9.8 rebounds a game. In all, he has four double-doubles on the season.

This is Garza’s first player of the week award and the first for an Iowa player since Peter Jok won in 2016.

Garza will look to continue his season success when Iowa (6-3) hosts Minnesota (4-4) tonight at Carver-Hawkeye Arena at 7:10 p.m.