Odle Named Big Ten and National Player of the Week
February 11, 2002
Indiana forward Jarrad Odle was named the Big Ten Conference's and Dick Vitale's National Player of the Week. Odle becomes the third Hoosier to earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors this season after leading Indiana to a pair of victories and sole possession of first place in the Conference. The IU senior recorded a pair of double-doubles, increasing his season and career total to three, to average 19.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game while shooting an astounding 79 percent from the field (15-19).
Odle opened the week with 13 points and 12 rebounds in a crucial home win over Iowa, as the Hoosiers improved to 8-2 in Big Ten play. Combined with a pair of Ohio State losses, Indiana now holds a one-game advantage in the loss column over the 8-3 Buckeyes for the top spot in the League. Indiana went out of Conference for the second game of the week, as Odle produced a near-perfect shooting effort by hitting 10-11 shots against Louisville, good for 91 percent. The senior forward scored a career-high 25 points versus the Cardinals while adding 11 rebounds to lead IU to the home win, as the Hoosiers are now 8-0 at home this season.
This is the first weekly Conference honor for Odle, who ranks third on Indiana in League play with 9.5 points per game. His 6.7 rebounds per contest in Conference play rates second on the team and fifth among all Big Ten players. Odle is the third IU player to be named Big Ten Player of the Week, as teammate Dane Fife was honored on November 26 and Jared Jeffries has been selected on three occasions (Dec. 10, Jan. 14 and Jan. 28).
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