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Caleb Swanigan Wins Big Ten Player of the Week... Again

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NCAA Basketball: Purdue at Maryland Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Biggie got two double-doubles in a week... again.

He averaged 25 points and 13 rebounds per game this week... again.

Caleb Swanigan was named Big Ten Player of the Week... again.

Really, it is old hat at this point. As Purdue knocked off two ranked teams Biggie laid waste to the conference for his record-tying fifth Big ten player of the Week Award. At this point the only people not giving him Big Ten Player of the Year are members of the staff just so they can stir up some form of debate with Ethan Happ.

Here is the release from Purdue:

The accolade is Swanigan’s fifth Big Ten Player of the Week honor this season tying Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson for the most weekly honors in school history. His five citations are now tied for the second most in league history just behind Evan Turner’s seven (Ohio State; 2009-10).

Swanigan averaged 25.0 points and 13.0 rebounds in wins over No. 25-ranked Northwestern on Wednesday and No. 17-ranked Maryland on Saturday. He went a combined 16-of-30 from the field, 5-of-10 from 3-point range and 13-of-15 from the free throw line in the two victories.

Swanigan scored 24 points with 16 rebounds and an assist against Northwestern, going 7-of-11 from the field, 2-of-4 from 3-point range and 8-of-9 from the free throw line. In the win over Maryland, he tallied 26 points with 10 rebounds, a career-high three steals and two blocks. He scored 17 of his points in the second half, helping Purdue overcome a 12-point second-half deficit for the win.

In the win over Maryland, he surpassed 300 rebounds for the season, becoming just the sixth player in school history with 300 rebounds in a season (Joe Barry Carroll, Robinson, Terry Dischinger, Frank Kendrick, Brad Miller), now ranking sixth on Purdue’s single-season rebounds list (306). Over the last 25 seasons, the most rebounds by a Big Ten player is 416 rebounds by Iowa’s Reggie Evans during the 2000-01 campaign.

In addition, he recorded his school-record 19th double-double in the win over Northwestern and now has 20 on the season – the third most for a Big Ten player in the last 20 years.

Perhaps the biggest travesty is that Carsen Edwards was not named Freshman of the week for the second time. Edwards averaged 10.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals this week for Purdue and calmly nailed both free throws to win Saturday at Maryland. Jordan Bohannon of Iowa won that award.