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January 2, 2012Kansas junior Thomas Robinson has been named Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week, respectively, for games of Dec. 26 - Jan. 1 in voting by a panel of media covering the conference. It is the third honor this season for Robinson.
A 6-10 forward from Washington, D.C., Robinson averaged 19.5 points and 14.0 rebounds as Kansas recorded victories over Howard (89-34) and North Dakota (84-58). He shot 70 percent (14-of-20) from the field on the week, while making 71.4 percent (10-of-14) of his shots from the free-throw line. He also had six assists, one block and three steals.
Robinson's top performance came versus North Dakota, as he finished with career-highs of 30 points and 21 rebounds. It was the sixth time in Big 12 history that a player has posted at least 30 points and 20 rebounds in the same game and first time a Jayhawk player has done so since Feb. 13, 1961 (Wayne Hightower).
Robinson has 17.7 points and 12.2 rebounds per game this season, the only player in the Big 12 averaging a double-double. He was also named Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week Nov. 27 and Dec. 12.
Kansas (10-3) opens up Big 12 play when it hosts Kansas State (11-1) in the Sunflower Showdown presented by Dillons on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m. (Central). The game will be televised on the Big 12 Network and ESPN Full Court.