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Illinois Fighting Illini Basketball: Rayvonte Rice Named Big Ten Player of the Week

On Monday, the Big Ten conference announced their weekly men’s basketball honors. The Illinois Fighting Illini saw one of their players make the list as junior guard Rayvonte Rice earned the biggest honor of the week after being named the Big Ten Player of the Week.

Last week, Rice and the Illini went 2-0 after beating UNLV on the road in Las Vegas and IPFW at home in Champaign. Rice averaged 21.0 points per game, 8.0 rebounds per game, and 3.0 steals per game this week. Also, he hit the game-winner against UNLV to give the Illini the victory in Las Vegas.

On top of that, Rice shot 45.5 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from three-point range, and posted a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds against UNLV.

Rayvonte Rice currently ranks sixth in the Big Ten in scoring (17.1 points per game). This is only his first time winning the Big Ten Player of the Week honor.

The last Illini player to earn the honor of Big Ten Player of the Week was D.J. Richardson on February 13th, 2013.

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