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Iowa’s Garza named National Player of Week

Luka Garza

IOWA CITY — One day after University of Iowa junior center Luka Garza was named the Big Ten Conference’s men’s basketball Player of the Week, he became the first Hawkeye in program history to earn the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week award for his efforts in his team’s two games last week.

Garza, a 6-foot-11, 260-pound post averaged 33.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in a pair of road contests last week at No. 4 Michigan and Syracuse. Garza scored a career-high 44 points in Iowa’s loss at Michigan, compiling the most points by an Iowa center in school history and the second-most points scored by an opposing center inside the Crisler Center.

It’s the second-most points ever scored by a Hawkeye and it helped Garza eclipse 1,000 for his career.

Garza added 23 points and nine rebounds in Iowa’s victory over Syracuse in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.