Man of Steal: Senior guard Aaron Craft named Big Ten’s Player of the Week

Earlier today from their office in Rosemont, Ill. the Big Ten named Ohio State’s senior guard Aaron Craft as the conference’s Player of the Week.

Ohio State’s Aaron Craft (4) celebrates after Ohio State’s 76-69 victory over Iowa in an NCAA college basketball game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Jette)

Ohio State’s Aaron Craft (4) celebrates after Ohio State’s 76-69 victory over Iowa in an NCAA college basketball game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Jette)

In Ohio State’s 76-69 win over No. 17 Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City last Tuesday, Craft had 17 points with three rebounds, six assists and six steals to help the Buckeyes in the upset on the road. Craft had 14 of his points in the first half, but his conventional three-point play in the second stanza put Ohio State ahead 66-59 with 1:17 left.

“It’s huge, and it’s not big because people were doubting us or people aren’t behind us anymore. This is just big for us,” Craft said after the Iowa game. “If there’s anything that we’ve learned from this year is that it doesn’t matter about anything that is said outside of our locker room.”

On Saturday, Craft finished with seven points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals in Ohio State’s 67-49 victory over Purdue.

For the week, Craft averaged 12.0 points, 5.0 assists, 4.5 steals and 3.0 rebounds per game while shooting 64.3 percent (9-14) from the field and 50.0 percent (2-4) from three-point range.

Craft currently leads the Big Ten in steals per game with 2.6 and ranks third with 4.8 assists per contest.

This was Craft’s third career Big Ten Player of the Week honor and second this season after receiving the award on Jan. 6, 2014.