March 7, 2006
Three members of the Purdue men's basketball team were honored by the Big Ten on Tuesday.
Matt Kiefer was named All-Big Ten honorable mention by the conference media. Kiefer leads Purdue in scoring, averaging 11.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. He has posted five double-doubles and scored in double figures 17 times.
Guard Chris Lutz was named to the Big Ten All-Freshmen team by the conference coaches. Lutz joined Penn State's Jamelle Cornley, Wisconsin's Joe Krabbenhoft, Illinois' Jamar Smith and Northwestern's Craig Moore on the squad.
Lutz was the Big Ten's second leading freshmen scorer, averaging 9.3 points per game. Lutz also holds the Purdue freshman three-point field goals record. He has connected on 52 shots from downtown, shattering David Teague's record of 35. In addition, Lutz has scored in double figures in 14 of his 27 outings. He has started 23 games this season.
Senior Bryant Dillon was Purdue's recipient of the Big Ten Sportmanship Award. Dillon overcame a torn patella tendon in January of 2005. He has started 25 of 27 games for the Boilermakers and leads the team in assists. Dillon is averaging 6.7 points per game while guarding the opposing team's best player.
The Boilermakers will face Michigan State in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday at 5:05 p.m. EST in Indianapolis. The game will be televised by ESPN2.