Husker guard James Palmer Jr. helped lead Nebraska to a 2-0 week last week, and now has his first career Big Ten Player of the Week honor because of it.
The 6-foot-6 guard earned Big Ten co-POTW honors with Purdue’s Carsen Edwards for averaging 21.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists on 56 percent shooting last week.
Palmer led all scorers with 24 points — his fourth 20-point game of the season — in a 64-63 win over Illinois on Jan. 15, including the game-winning triple with 0.3 seconds left.
He then spearheaded a 72-52 Husker upset over No. 23 Michigan with a game-high 19 points on Jan. 18. It was the Huskers’ first win over Michigan since 1964 and their largest win over a ranked opponent since 2004.
Palmer becomes the first Husker to earn Player of the Week honors since guard Tai Webster did so on Jan. 2, 2017.
Nebraska (14-7, 5-3 Big Ten) faces off against No. 13 Ohio State (17-4, 8-0) in Columbus Monday night at 7 p.m. CT seeking its third win over a ranked opponent this season.
Derek is a newbie on the Hail Varsity staff covering Husker athletics. In college, he was best known as ‘that guy from Twitter.’ He has covered a Sugar Bowl, a tennis national championship and almost everything in between (except an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game… *tears*). In his spare time, he can be found arguing with literally anyone about sports.