Illini's Richardson earns Big Ten honor

Illinois senior guard D.J. Richardson was named Co-Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday.

Richardson averaged 18 points on 50 percent shooting and 2.5 steals in the Illini's two wins over top-20 opponents last week. He had a game-high 23 points, including 15 in the second half, in the Illini's upset of No. 1 Indiana. He also had 13 points and two steals in Illinois' 57-53 road win over No. 18 Minnesota on Sunday.

It was Richardson's first Big Ten Player of the Week award and the third for the Illini this season (senior guard Brandon Paul and sophomore guard Tracy Abrams).

Richardson shared the award Monday with Wisconsin junior guard Ben Brust, who played at Mundelein (Ill.) High School. Brust forced overtime against Michigan on Saturday by hitting a running shot near halfcourt and later connected on the game-winning 3-pointer in overtime. He finished with 14 points in the upset. He averaged 16 points for the week.