Dec. 4, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Mitch
314-795-6821
Junior guard scores 45 in upset of Kansas State
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MARQUETTE'S HOWARD IS OSCAR
ROBERTSON NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Marquette guard Markus Howard as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Dec. 2. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.

As the Big East Conference Player of the Week, Howard was nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by a representative of the USBWA board of directors from a list of Division I conference players of the week. The USBWA has named Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week since the 2009-10 season.

The 5-11 junior guard from Chandler, Ariz., scored 45 points the second highest single-game point total in school history in an 83-71 win against then-No. 12 Kansas State this past Saturday. He was 11-of-17 from the field and 19-of-21 from the foul line in the game. Howard's 45 points were the most ever by a Marquette player at home and the highest total for a regulation game. Howard holds the school single-game record of 52 points, scored in overtime at Providence last season.

Last Tuesday, Howard scored a team-high 17 points in a 76-55 victory over Charleston Southern. For the week, he averaged 31.0 points while shooting 51.5 percent from the floor and 90.5 percent from the line.

Since the 1958-59 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. In 1998, the award was named in honor of the University of Cincinnati Hall of Famer and two-time USBWA Player of the Year Oscar Robertson. It is the nation's oldest award and the only one named after a former player.

Oscar Robertson TrophyAt the conclusion of the regular season, the USBWA will name finalists for the award, which is voted on by the entire membership.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.

Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, the most comprehensive college basketball publication in the world, returns for its 38th season. Blue Ribbon long-known as "The Bible of College Basketball" gives its readers the most thorough, up-to-date and timely evaluations of every Division I team in the country. For more information about Blue Ribbon Yearbooks, visit blueribbonyearbookonline.com.

2018-19 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
Week ending Dec. 2: Markus Howard, Marquette (Big East Conference)
Week ending Dec. 9: Admiral Schofield, Tennessee (Southeastern Conference)