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Wisconsin basketball: Greg Gard is the B1G Coach of the Year

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Nate Reuvers and D’Mitrik Trice named third team all-conference as well.

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The No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers had a hell of a year. They are B1G regular season champions, they are the No. 1 seed in the B1G Tournament and they are currently riding an eight game winning streak. None of those things happen without the steady leadership of head coach Greg Gard. On Monday afternoon, Gard as named the B1G Coach of the Year by the coaches and the media.

Gard becomes just the second coach in UW history to win Big Ten Coach of the Year and the first since 2015, joining four-time winner Bo Ryan (2002, ’03, ’13 and ’15).

Per the press release from UW:

After beginning the season 5-5 overall, Gard rallied the Badgers to a 16-5 record down the stretch to finish the regular season 21-10 overall and 14-6 in conference play. Gard led the Badgers to a share of the Big Ten title after closing the regular season on an eight-game winning streak, the school’s longest win streak to end the regular season since 1940-41.

Another amazing fact that was disclosed on the BTN broadcast and discovered by Patrick Herb of Wisconsin’s basketball communications team:

Wisconsin is the first Big Ten regular season champion in league history to not feature a first- or second-team all-conference selection. Since the Big Ten began recognizing All-Conference players in 1948 (73 seasons), a total of 95 teams have won a Big Ten regular season championship. Of those 95 teams, 91 featured a first-team All-Big Ten player and three had a second-team All-Big Ten player.

What a true team effort this year’s B1G championship season was for the Badgers. Incredible.

There were a pair of individual awards that Badgers earned as well on Monday afternoon. Junior forward Nate Reuvers was named a unanimous all-B1G third team performer while junior point guard D’Mitrik Trice was chosen by just the coaches for the third team.

Wisconsin’s leading scorer, Reuvers finished the regular season averaging 13.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. Trice finished the regular season averaging 9.8 points, 4.2 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game. His 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio is tied for second-best in the league. Scoring his 1,000th career point last Saturday to help UW clinch a share of the Big Ten title, Trice became the first player in school history to accumulate 1,000 points, 300 assists and 300 rebounds by his junior season.

Here is the full list of B1G honorees.

IRST TEAM

LUKA GARZA, IOWA

Anthony Cowan Jr., Maryland

Jalen Smith, Maryland

CASSIUS WINSTON, MICHIGAN STATE

Lamar Stevens, Penn State

SECOND TEAM

Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois

Zavier Simpson Michigan

Xavier Tillman, Michigan State

Daniel Oturu, Minnesota

Kaleb Wesson, Ohio State

THIRD TEAM

Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana

Joe Wieskamp, Iowa

Geo Baker, Rutgers

Nate Reuvers, Wisconsin

D’Mitrik Trice, Wisconsin

HONORABLE MENTION

Kofi Cockburn, Illinois

Marcus Carr, Minnesota

Trevion Williams, Purdue

Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

KOFI COCKBURN, ILLINOIS

TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS, INDIANA

CJ Fredrick, Iowa

Franz Wagner, Michigan

Rocket Watts, Michigan State

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Jalen Smith, Maryland

Xavier Tillman, Michigan State

Daniel Oturu, Minnesota

Jamari Wheeler, Penn State

Nojel Eastern, Purdue

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Luka Garza, Iowa

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Xavier Tillman, Michigan State

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:

Kofi Cockburn, Illinois

SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR:

Aaron Wiggins, Maryland

COACH OF THE YEAR:

Greg Gard, Wisconsin

Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS