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Posted on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 : 10:22 a.m.

Michigan basketball guard Darius Morris named Big Ten co-Player of the Week

By Michael Rothstein

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Darius Morris

It was a good week for Darius Morris.

On Thursday, the sophomore point guard led the Michigan basketball team to its first win at Michigan State, 61-57, since 1997. On Sunday, he notched the third triple-double in school history in a win over Iowa with 12 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.

Morris was named the Big Ten's Co-Player of the Week on Monday along with Penn State guard Talor Battle.

"He's awfully good," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. "In our league, it seems like everyone has a great one.

"...For (Michigan), there's a couple things. Number one, he's really tough to keep in front of you. He does a good job of getting into space he needs to create. His decision-making has been great, when to go, when not to go, when to stop and throw it back out, when to finish. And his length and his power is sometimes tough to stop."

Morris averaged 14.5 points, 9.5 assists and 7 rebounds, shooting 63.2 percent from the field against Michigan State and Iowa.

Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger, who Michigan will face Thursday, won Freshman of the Week honors for the 10th time this year.

Michael Rothstein covers University of Michigan basketball for He can be reached at (734) 623-2558, by e-mail at or follow along on Twitter @mikerothstein