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Brackins Big 12 Player of the Week, Again

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Iowa State sophomore Craig Brackins was honored yet again by the Big 12 Conference, earning Big 12 Player of the Week kudos for the third time this season, announced today by conference office. Along with Oklahoma's Blake Griffin, he is one of two Big 12 players to notch multiple player of the week honors this season.

Brackins, a native of Palmdale, Calif., produced one of the greatest individual offensive games in school history on Saturday, pouring in a career-high 42 points in an 82-67 loss to Kansas. Brackins was 11-of-19 from the field, 3-of-5 from beyond the arc and made 17-of-21 shots from the free-throw line. The big man also grabbed 14 rebounds to record his eighth double-double in his last 14 games.

Brackins' 42 points ties for the fourth-best effort in Big 12 history, falling two points shy of the all-time record of 44 set by Michael Beasley of Kansas State last season. The 42-point outburst is also the fourth-best single-game scoring output in ISU history and he is the first Cyclone to record a 40-point game since Fred Hoiberg did it vs. Colorado in 1995.

Brackins, who has scored more than 30 points in four career games, has tallied four 20-point/10-rebound games in his last five contests. He has the top-two single-game scoring efforts in the league this year (38-Houston; 42-Kansas) and his 42-point game vs. KU ties for the seventh-best individual scoring game in the NCAA this season.

In conference games only, Brackins leads the Big 12 in scoring (23.3 ppg) and ranks second in rebounding (11.5 ppg).

Brackins' three Big 12 Player of the Week awards is one shy from the record for most weekly awards for a Cyclone in a single season. Marcus Fizer snared four in the 1999-2000 season.

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