East Lansing, Mich. – Michigan State junior men’s basketball player Cassius Winston (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) was named the Co-Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday.  Winston shared the award with Wisconsin senior forward Ethan Happ.

Winston helped lead Michigan State to the team championship at the Las Vegas Invitational over the weekend, beating then-No. 17 UCLA, 87-67, on Thanksgiving night, and winning the title with a 78-68 win over Texas on Friday.

The junior guard was named the Most Valuable Player of the Las Vegas Invitational after averaging 19.5 points, 8.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds in the two wins.  He connected on 50.0 percent of his shots (13-of-26), including 50.0 percent of his 3-point attempts (7-of-14).

In the championship game, he scored 20 points and handed out 10 assists, along with four rebounds and two steals.

In earning the MVP at the Las Vegas Invitational, it marked the second-straight year Winston took top honors at a preseason tournament as he was named the MVP of the PK80 Invitational Victory Bracket last year.  This is his first career Big Ten Player of the Week nod.

Michigan State, winners of five-straight games and ranked No. 9 by the Associated Press and No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches poll, plays at Louisville on Tuesday, Nov. 27 as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.  Tipoff at the KFC Yum! Center is slated for 7:30 p.m.  The game will air live on ESPN, with Jason Benetti calling the play-by-play and Dan Dakich serving as the color analyst.

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