Big Ten: All-January

February 8th, 2008

It’s been a dogfight in the Big Ten this season, with five teams within two games of first place. It has also been a dogfight with regard to the top players in the conference, with only D.J. White standing out as an obvious choice for the Big Ten All-January team. With that being said, here’s January’s Fab Five.

Guard – Drew Neitzel – Michigan State – SR
13.7ppg, 4.5apg, 2.5rpg
Best game – Jan 27th – Michigan – 18 points, seven boards, seven assists, two steals

Drew Neitzel is quietly having a solid senior year. January was another typical Neitzel month – 14 points, three board, five assists, and two steals per game. He also is continuing to take good care of the ball, averaging around 2.5 assists per turnover for the month.

Guard – Eric Gordon – Indiana – FR
21.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.5spg
Best game – Jan 20th – Penn St – 25 points, six rebounds, three assists

It shows how good Eric Gordon has been playing when you consider January was a bad month for him – he only averaged 19 points, three assists and three rebounds a game. He continues to shoot around 48% from the floor, a terrific number for a guard who takes as many shots as he does. However, he’s got to stop coughing up the rock – he averaged almost four turnovers a game in January.

Guard – Jamar Butler – Ohio State – SR
15.0ppg, 6.2apg, 3.9rpg
Best game – Jan 3rd – 32 points, six rebounds, six assists

No longer playing second fiddle, the Buckeyes are Jamar Butler’s team this year. He responded in January, scoring 20-plus points five times and put up averages of 17 points, seven assists and four rebounds.

Forward – Raymar Morgan – Michigan State – SO
16.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 56.0 FG%
Best game – Jan 5th – Minnesota – 31 points, 10 boards

Morgan had a bit of an up and down month, failing to score in double figures in a couple of games. On the other side of the coin, he topped 20 points twice and averaged a solid 16 points and six board for the month.

Forward – D.J. White – Indiana – SR
17.5ppg, 10.7rpg, 1.8bpg
Best game – Jan 8th – Michigan – 21 points, 22 rebounds

D.J. White slaughtered the competition in January. He had six double-doubles (including that 20-20 game versus the Wolverines). For the month he averaged 18 points and 12 boards. Enough said.

Next up – Big 12