Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:56 PM
Updated: Nov 12, 2012 1:08 PM
Kyle Wiltjer was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week after his performance in UK's 72-69 win over Maryland Friday.
The sophomore scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds. He also blocked three shots and dished two assists.
Wiltjer led the Wildcats with 6-of-9 shooting. He hit at a 4-for-6 clip from 3-point range. His 19 points are the most since scoring 24 against Loyola on Dec. 22, 2011. He scored 11 first half points to reach double-figures for just the sixth time in his career. He also sunk two free throws in a clutch situation (final three minutes in a six-point game).
The honor is the first in Wiltjer's career and the first for UK this season.
The Wildcats are in action Tuesday night taking on the Duke Blue Devils in the Champions Classic. Tipoff is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. and the game will be televised live on ESPN.