Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2021-04-02 00:19:07 –
After the regular season when Big Ten dominated the college basketball rankings, the conference won two of the biggest postseason awards on Thursday.
Luka Garza, Iowa’s senior center, won the Associated Press Player of the Year Award, and Juwan Howard, Michigan, was named AP’s Coach of the Year.
Garza has won 50 votes for this year’s players. Illinois junior Ayo Dosunmu finished second with six votes. The list of voters ended with Oklahoma State University freshman Cade Cunningham (3), Gonzaga’s Senior Corey Kispert (2), and Baylor’s Junior Jared Butler (2).
Garcia scored an average of 24.1 points, second only to Oral Roberts’ Max Abumas with 24.5 points. Garza also earned 8.7 rebounds per game. He shot 55.3 percent off the floor-his fourth consecutive season exceeded 50 percent-and made 44 out of his 100 3-point attempts.
He helped the Hawkeys advance to 22-9 to win second-place seeds in the NCAA tournament, but was knocked out to seven-seeded Oregon in the second round.
Dosumnu averaged 20.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.
Howard was also a runaway winner in the coaching vote. He won 35 votes, easily surpassing Gonzaga’s Mark Few (16), Baylor’s Scott Drew (5) and Alabama’s Nate Oats (5).
Howard led Wolverines to the Big Ten Regular Season Championship and the first seed of the NCAA tournament in his second season as head coach at his alma mater. Michigan finished 23-5 after losing to UCLA in the Elite Elite.
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