Big Ten honors Rice again

Big Ten honors Rice again

CHAMPAIGN — For the second time in four weeks, Illinois junior Rayvonte Rice has been named Big Ten Player of the week.

The 6-foot-4 guard from Champaign, who on Dec. 2 was honored by the league for his performances in a win at UNLV and IPFW, shared this week's award with Michigan State's Keith Appling.

Rice scored a season-high 28 points to go along with seven rebounds and three assists in Illinois' 74-60 win against UIC on Saturday at the United Center in Chicago.

Rice went 10 for 16 from the floor and 3 for 5 from behind the three-point line.

His 18.2 scoring average ranks second in the Big Ten.

The Drake transfer has scored at least 12 points in all 13 games this season, becoming the first Illinois newcomer to reach double figures in his first 13 games since Kenny Battle in 1987-88.

Rice and the Illini return to action Tuesday for a New Year's Eve Big Ten opener against Indiana at State Farm Center.

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